In life the examination comes first and then the preparation starts…
Posted on: November 27, 2017 By: MG
A situation becomes challenging when we realise that our current ability, knowledge & mental framework is not enough to handle that situation.
Suppose you have been asked to give a 10 minute talk in front of a large audience and you have never spoken on stage before. This situation becomes challenging because it’s an unknown territory for you. So you feel uncomfortable, a bit low in confidence, anxious and you would have two options in front of you. One, to give in to your discomfort and run away from that situation by saying no to the organisers. Second, you decide to walk into an unknown path, face the situation and be on stage.
If you opt for the second option then you would need not only courage and willingness but also the desired knowledge on the subject to speak, you would also need to build on your public speaking capabilities and put in lots of hours of practice. It’s in this preparation that your growth is hidden and you move towards becoming a public speaker.
Similarly, in business there would be lots of situations which we face which would be at our current level and hence they would not appear challenging and yet there would be many which are above our current ability and we would find it difficult to face. It can be firing an employee, it can be a change in the business functioning like the introduction of GST or RERA, it can be hiring a senior executive, it can be the use of a new technology, it can be facing an irate client, opening and managing a branch office...
On a personal front too for some even riding a bike, driving a car, cooking a certain cuisine can be a challenge...
If we can see all challenging situations as opportunities for growth then we would be in a better position to handle them. And facing them would mean that we bring ourselves to the level of the challenge in all ways- knowledge, skills and mental framework. Whether we emerge victoriously or whether we fail, on facing them one thing is sure - we’d surely grow.
So in all challenging situations let’s understand -
1) They are above our current level of knowledge, ability, and mental framework. 2) It’s normal to feel anxious and low in confidence when we face such a tough situation. 3) We will always have two options- face or flee. 4) Facing it would require that we upgrade ourselves to the level of the challenge and this is where our growth is. 5) Avoiding the situation will always lead to stagnation.
In school we would study the lessons and then appear for the exams. In life the examination comes first and then the preparation starts.
How long will be keep running away from what is demanding, how long will we keep ignoring what is uncomfortable, how long will we keep avoiding what is difficult?
Let’s face them, let’s develop the ability to overcome them. Let’s grow!
Growth and stability don’t co-exist!