Houston, We Have a Growth Opportunity
What is the one thing in the world everyone has that no one wants? If you answered “problems”, most people would agree. Problems are, by definition, detrimental to progress and well-being.
That said, Tony Robbins is not most people. Many would say he knows how to define a growth opportunity. Daniel Marlin, a guest writer at Entrepreneur, quotes Robbins as having the following to say about dealing with problems;
“Every problem is a gift. Without them, we wouldn’t grow.” – Tony Robbins
Robbins’s mindset is two-pronged:
- Problems are gifts, and,
- They are catalysts for growth opportunity.
Out of the mouth of a famous motivational speaker, this mantra certainly has a “feel good” vibe to it. But can this style of thinking really transform a negative into a positive?
The short answer is yes, depending on the mindset of the individual handling the problem. For Robbins’s thesis to work, the problem solver must recognize the silver lining inherent in whatever situation they are going through.
If you are having trouble personally applying this mantra, perhaps due to overwhelming odds, no respite, or even the real possibility of utter loss or failure, you would not be alone. Problems are bad, or at least, that’s what we are taught.
But consider this; even in the direst of straights, bleak outlook and all, one logical rule will remain true; it could always be worse.
If there is nothing else to hold onto, hold on to that. Anything else is a plus.
See? We’re getting the hang of this.
It is your duty as the problem solver to negate your respective problem in the simple action of facing it. Take this stand. Find an angle. Use it.
Whether or not Robbins’ philosophy works is dependent on the individual utilizing it. Can you see the silver lining of your scenario? Is the growth opportunity recognizable? Do you possess the strength to grow through this trial?
Problems are universal, unavoidable, and quite rampant in the business world. It takes a strong leader, with a positive mindset to take a problem, and turn it into a gift that can be used to spearhead development and growth.
The next time someone asks you what you’re thankful for, give them an answer that might surprise them. Show them how your “gifts” have helped you grow into the type of person who knows the value of a good problem.
We would love it if you shared some of the gifts that helped you grow!