“My troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~Walt Disney
“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” ~Wilma Rudolph
I don’t know if you’re like me, but when I’m going through a bad day where everything seems to be going wrong, and/or going through a crisis, I usually am focused on why the issue happened. If I’m lucky, after the fact, I will ask what I can learn, but I must admit that this is a little more half-hearted as I am recovering emotionally and physically from what I just went through.
But what if I started asking what I can learn from this while I am STILL IN the struggle? How much more could I get out of it if I jotted down lessons as I went? It wouldn’t take anything away from fighting the crisis or struggling through the bad day as it would take only a moment, in fact there are a couple of HUGE upsides:
Focuses on Positive – One of the reasons tough times are so painful is that we are focused on the moment. By focusing on what we can learn from this we push our focus to the future. It also turns the present situation which often occurred for reasons out of our control into something we have some control over. And finally, it discovers the “good within the bad” which at least gives some sort of purpose to the struggle. Future focus, empowerment, and purpose are all things that we should be looking for in all of our work.
Leverages Passion – Passion is the rocket fuel of performance and when you are in the middle of the struggle, that’s when you are going to be most passionate. This opens up the opportunity to see MORE things you can learn from, and come up with even BETTER solutions down the road.
So the next time you are going through a rough patch, take a deep breath and ask “What can I learn from this?” You may find that turns the whole thing around for you.