Does difficulty mean opportunity or opportunity mean difficulty to you?

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British prime minister during WWII

If you’ve ever experienced organizational change – and most people have, you will certainly be faced with situations that could be perceived as either an opportunity or a difficulty. I find I am frequently faced with ‘difficult opportunities’ as a lead or help leaders lead organizational change.

What you need to know: difficulties and opportunities will both exist. Thinking that no difficulties will arise will only set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Some days will simply be bombs – it will seem as if all of the momentum or traction you have gained has blown up in your face.

Just don’ t give up. Tomorrow – or your next meeting – is a chance to try again to see the opportunity in every difficulty. And, you’ll see the change momentum you’ve created is still really there.

Have a good day.

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