Life includes defeats and victories. 

Losses and wins. 

Seasons of heartache and disappointment and seasons of joy and happiness. 

What do you do to navigate the changes so you stay grounded, centered, and moving forward regardless of what comes your way? 

Years ago, I sought out a magical destination in my career, business, and life where I would finally move beyond all of the heartache and experience only the Upside. 

Like in the game of Monopoly, I envisioned rolling the dice to go around the board skipping anything ugly and just collecting my paycheck. 

I thought if I “got it right,” I would get to a place where I would never again experience the underbelly or downside. 

As the years passed, I realized that relationships end, opportunities change, and people I trust will often hurt and disappoint me. 

And I can grow through grief by opening myself to bigger lessons by stepping into the experiences I fear the most.

A leader’s desire to lead isn’t curtailed by seeing the darkness and light show up in human beings (including themselves) or in situations. 

Each season and experience provides a priceless gift and learning. 

Courageous, service-focused leaders get this is simply part of the leadership journey.  

There is no magic destination where every day is rainbows and unicorns. 

Holding a “When I get there, it’ll be good” approach is a guarantee of disappointment and frustration. There is a saying that expectations are premeditated resentments.  

Leaders understand that circumstances and conditions are temporary. They understand that the “goal” is really the journey. And the journey is all about choosing how you live each day.  

For the good of humankind, they still choose to lead, through darkness and light, blazing a trail for everyone they encounter. 

ACTION:  The Upside Challenge of the week is to examine if you are wavering in a moment of darkness and attached to a “unicorns and rainbows” goal. 

Can you see the shackling aspect of the fantasy? 

See if you feel the release that comes with the acceptance of where you are – and reconnect to your “why”. 

How and what does being connected to your “why” do for your goal and mindset? 

Notice, write your observations, and…share them!

The world needs you and your brilliance.

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