The Blessing in Disguise

How to take advantage of bad leadership and move closer to your goals by channelling your internal strength.

By Timothy Castle, current student of the University of Sydney Business School MBA program

Timothy-CastleOnly recently have I come to realise that there’s a big power in accepting what is and not getting caught up in what could have been. When we accept what is, we live in the present. When we obsess over what might have been, or what could happen, we get stuck living in the past or the future.

In the business world, leaders make decisions that shape the future of their organisations all the time – some of them are good and some of them are bad. And it’s just a matter of time until a decision that someone else higher up makes which will impact you in a way that makes you feel wronged or isn’t quite what you were expecting.

Now here’s the thing: it’s how we react in the face of this that can define what happens next.

I have a choice. I can either spend my energy trying to resolve and battle with the politics, or I can gather my internal strength, look forward with absolute focus and use my energy to move in the direction that I want to go. This might be pursuing other opportunities. It might be a new role. It might mean starting my own business or taking some time off. But what it isn’t, is standing still. It isn’t counterproductive to my reputation and it is a blessing in disguise. It’s the company telling you something and you seeing how that fits with your journey. When we learn to accept what is, its empowerment. You can use this information and how you react to boost yourself forward by taking control of your life and deciding the next move.

When everything’s going fine, it’s easy to get swept up in the company’s vision, and as you get promoted with more incentives thrown your way, you can lose focus of what’s important to you. It’s not until a decision is made that you don’t agree with that you feel wronged.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you aren’t correct in thinking that you’ve been wronged. What I’m saying is that it’s where you focus your energy that’s important. Do you spend it fighting and proving that you were wronged, or do you take it and focus it somewhere productive?

Use it as an opportunity to listen to yourself and recognise that what they’ve actually done here is save you time. Rather than stringing you along any further, they’ve actually done you a favour.

You just have to shut out the noise and be absolutely clear on what you want. That is where you should put your time and energy. As you do this, you will begin to move in a direction that is more self-fulfilling and has more meaning. The key is to recognise when it’s time to do this.

By taking the combination of Leadership Practice and Development, followed by Innovation in Strategic Marketing, it has taught me how to manage my mind-set and be clearer about what I want to do when these blessings in disguise present themselves.

I am currently reading The Art of Work by Jeff Goins and recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about finding your purpose.

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