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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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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