Our life is designed to challenge us

I have taken a day out of the Archibull Prize judging tour and diverted to Canberra where Zoe Routh from Inner Compass has invited me to be her guest at her Leadership Roundtable and I am looking forward to it

Last night I put together my. Who I am, What I do and Why I do it intro. You know the 2 minute that shares with others what gets you out of bed every morning speech and it reinforced I do have a lot of great reasons to get out of bed in the morning.

I am a great fan of the work of Will Marre. I thought when his newsletter popped into my inbox early this morning so much of what he had to say was extraordinarily relevant to my life at this point in time and a very appropriate start to my day.

I would like to share to some of the bits that truly resonated for me

Our life is designed to challenge us. Our future rarely turns out as we envision. Nearly all our plans for our career, marriage, finances and health don’t materialize as we imagined. When we are surprised by crisis and disappointment it is time to question our desires, our values and our choices. If these moments cause us to pause and reflect and realign with our inner sense of purpose we will grow. If we don’t we will re-enter the cycle of disappointment and self-frustration. This is true for everyone. It is how life is designed.

While it is reasonable to forgive people who seek our forgiveness, forgiving those who hurt us without remorse is masochism. Escaping the anger of past and unresolved pain doesn’t require forgiveness…it requires transcendence. This means that we cease to want justice or to wallow as a victim. We literally transcend our pain by focusing on our own growth, our own power and the positive difference we are designed to make. When we stop investing our energy in our mental movie of past wrongs and disappointments we free our minds so our hearts can embrace today and generate optimism for tomorrow.

And my final thought for the day from Will

Don’t let the tribes we belong to dilute our conscience