A problem appears.
It’s kind of silly don’t you think?
The way we always act surprised.
Like today was going to be different.
You thought problems were not on the agenda.
No time in your schedule.
They’re funny like that, though.
They love to show up at the least opportune times.
Interrupting our best-laid plans.
And that’s the problem with problems, isn’t it?
We expect otherwise.
Even though we know otherwise.
So when they show up.
We blow up.
Over and over.
What if we choose a different perspective?
Are just part of the flow.
The natural course of things.
They will happen.
“Ah, there you are.”
“I was wondering when you would visit today.”
We don’t have to be happy about it.
But perhaps we could be more in tune.
Accepting instead of fighting.
Calm, thoughtful response.
Leaders get to see a lot of problems.
That’s what we do.
Yet, for some reason, leaders take it harder than anyone else.
Too often they make it worse.
But if there were no problems.
Would we even need leaders?
Problems create possibility.
All problems are not created equal.
But every problem includes a seed of opportunity.
It all depends on the meaning you give to them.
The attitude you have toward them.
The illusion of control.
The story you tell.
Problems don’t care how much you complain.
Or shoot the messenger.
They just keep coming back.
So the only way to win.
Is not to play the game.
Learn to accept.
And grow through the problems.
Instead of fighting with them.
You’ll have more energy.
And more impact.