In his Daily Discipline blog, Brian Kight reminds great leaders of the great value of obstacles and challenges for growth and learning . He writes: “Obstacles are not to be resented. Challenges are not to be feared. They are opportunities to build you up and accelerate you forward. Discipline is the shortcut. Do the work.”
The magic of the building comes to life when great leaders see opportunities and challenges through new eyes – as chances to grow, explore new possibilities and use them as stepping-stones in achieving their life’s purpose and meaning. Learnings begin immediately as they investigate, analyze, develop alternatives and implement solutions to resolve them. At the same time, new personal growth begins as the challenges provide opportunities for self-understanding – how they react both intellectually and emotionally to the problem, how their personal values come into play in the resolution process, how they utilize and help others develop in resolving the issue and how their emotional intelligence impacts the quality and richness of the results. It is experiential learning at its finest!
May you embrace, enjoy and grow from the gifts given by life’s obstacles and challenges remembering always the words of Joshua Marine: “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” May we also listen to Fred Devito’s wise counsel: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Be the person you always dreamed you could be… and more… so much more.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!