What if we could accept that difficult experiences are a chance to learn and grow?

What if we could let go of our unconscious expectations?

Like reaching all our goals.
Others behaving in the way we want them to.
Always getting stellar results.

What if we could not only accept the crappy occurrences in our professional (and personal) lives, but welcome them as part of our journey through leadership, life, and learning?

What if we could tolerate just being in the middle of difficult times? In the words of the Buddhist teacher and author, Pema Chodron

We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again.

What if we could stop long enough to reflect on what we are learning – about ourselves, others and the environment in which we are leading, when faced with roadblocks and disappointments.

What if we could experience tough times in the same way we would with a dear friend? Honestly and compassionately…

What then?