Reflecting on an unforgettable stay at a Hilton Property on Hawaii’s grand island, coinciding with the formidable Ironman Challenge, I had the privilege of witnessing an event that epitomizes the pinnacle of physical and emotional endurance. This race, a daunting 140.6-mile journey, comprising a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon, is not just a test of physical prowess but a profound lesson in emotional resilience. Conversing with a top contender in the over-40 category, her insight was revelatory: the essence of training is not just reaching your breaking point but learning to move beyond it. This principle is not exclusive to athletics but is a critical lesson for leadership and life.

So, what exactly is your breaking point?

Is it a challenging relationship, a rejected proposal, a lost customer, or a series of rejections? We all encounter moments that test our resolve, moments that tempt us to quit. Yet, it is precisely in these moments that the opportunity for growth lies.

Leaders, distinguished not just by their titles but by their capacity to endure and grow, harness their emotional strength in several ways:

I invite you to join me in this journey of self-discovery and growth. Let’s not be deterred by the highs and lows but instead take action, especially when faced with our breaking points.

Together, let’s find strength in adversity and transform challenges into stepping stones.

Here’s to embarking on a path of emotional resilience and leadership, together!


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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.