The power of perception

The Leader's Digest - by Suzi McAlpine, Executive Coach

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” ― Epictetus

Ah, the wise words of Epictetus.  How we perceive a situation and ergo respond to it, will make all the difference to the outcome.

Although this may seem blindingly obvious, when we are in the thick of what appears to be a ‘doozie of a pickle’, it can be a difficult pearl of wisdom to be aware of and even less so to follow. And yet, I think it is one of the most powerful lessons in leading successfully.

Let me show you an example.  On the weekend, I watched this thought provoking TED talk about stress.

For years the medical profession has encouraged people with conditions such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease to eliminate stress.

Stress is blamed for a raft of ailments, and we are all too familiar with the outcomes of…

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