A leader I know shared this store. When they started in a new big role, they faced what felt like a crisis every day.
Just as it was beginning to feel exhausting, this person met with a former friend who knew first-hand what the job was like. After hearing the story, this friend said – “But, that’s the job. It is going to be crisis every day.”
Hearing that turned out to be a relief for this leader. Knowing that was the expectation changed everything.
It’s a story with powerful lessons for all of us. Often, it isn’t the problems that get to us. It is the expectation that we’d be able to get by without those problems that messes with our mind.