Growing the Leader in You #013 — The Purpose of Trials

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A Leadership Minute: The Purpose of Trials

Articles on Facing Challenges

Recommended Books and Resources

Quote of the Month

A Leadership Minute: The Purpose of Trials

If you’re a progressive leader and you are seeking to expand your organization, be it a church group, a business or your job scope, you’ll find that you’ll often come face to face with trials or challenges.

Trials are really a very common for people who are constantly seeking to grow and expand. The resistance that comes with that growth and expansion is this thing we call here: Trials.

If you don’t understand trials and put them in the proper context, they can often discourage you and even cause you to give up.

“I think that’s a sign I’m not supposed to be walking this direction. It’s just too hard.”

So we end up making a U-turn, which may be the worst thing to do that at that time.

Trials are really designed for two purposes, and when you understand them in this context, you will learn to embrace trials and even celebrate when you experience them!

1. Trials are meant to tell you what doesn’t work.

You might have entered a trial because you made a mistake. Because of a bad decision, you end up in trouble. Let’s say, you unintentionally offended one of your key staff and he/she turns their back on you.

You end up with a big gaping hole in your organization and a lot of fire fighting.

That trial would have made you reflect about what you did not do right. Maybe you were too brash, or insensitive. Maybe it was the way you put things across.

Whatever it is, it is the trial that makes you think and reflect, and in the process, you pick up a precious life lesson.

2. Trials are meant to mould you.

Trials are also known as testings.

Remember when you were still in school, your number 1 hate was probably the exams or the quizzes that were given to you at the end of the term.

But if you think about it, tests are designed for you to grow.

They’re a milestone to say: hey you’ve moved up another level!

So when you face a trial, remember, they are designed for you to be moulded in your character and promoted in life!

The victory comes to the man who can endure the trial and emerge victorious; then he is promoted in life to run a bigger team, a bigger organization and so on.

So if you’re doing through a hard time today, or facing some challenges, remember that trials are not here to destroy you; they’re here to refine you!

To your success, Yihan

Articles on Facing Challenges

Here is an article by the famous John C Maxwell on facing challenges: Your Response to Failure

An article by Stephen Covey on the 1st Habit of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Being proactive Choosing Not to be Angry.

These articles will give you deeper insight about choosing your response to trials and challenges in your life.

Recommended Books and Resources

This is a book by John Maxwell about bouncing back from your failures. Often, it is not that your circumstances need to change, it is your attitude that does. Read this book and let it change your attitude about your failures!


You can check his product out in Amazon.

Quote of the Month


God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
– CS Lewis

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