The challenges we face are not a barrier to our job, they are our job

Broken spider's web covered with dewA time of change brings us new challenges. Sometimes, frustrated, we wish the problems would go away. But the challenges we face are not a barrier to our job, they are our job. Resolving them is what we are here to do.

The better we can handle the problems we face, the more contribution we can make. And as Steve Jobs showed, our greatest challenge is our biggest opportunity.

So, learning to see the problems we face as opportunities is the first step not only to resolving them but also to gaining new skills and competencies for ourselves.

Sometimes we discover that we’d rather go and work on something else, something we care about more — and that’s ok too.

But, whatever the outcome, we don’t grow when things are easy: we grow when we face and overcome challenges.

What issues are you facing currently? Are they issues that inspire you? Or are there other issues in the world you would rather be addressing instead?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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