Our innate response is fight or flight when we experience a fearful, stressful, or painful situation. It is only natural to try to avoid all forms of pain. However, as leaders, we can’t let this be our mentality. Instead, we need to understand that pain is a reality and that by facing it head-on, we can learn from it, grow from it, and even develop our skills from it.

Pain will come whether or not we like it, so the best thing for us is to embrace it. When this becomes our mentality, painful situations that are unavoidable won’t phase us, and we’ll continue to operate effectively in our position.

Aside from staying poised and effective amidst the pain, the mentality aforementioned will also let us grow from the pain. We can look at the situation objectively and understand what went wrong and how we can fix it. When we have this mentality, every painful situation is an invaluable opportunity to grow.

In conclusion, pain is not as bad as people think it is. When you embrace pain, it can be massively beneficial to your growth – both individually and as a leader. Next time you’re in a painful circumstance, don’t run. Strive to face it head-on and learn from the situation.

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