Victor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist, was arrested by Nazi Germany at the beginning of World War II and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
He endured painful and various sufferings such as hunger, typhoid fever, beatings and enduring a bitter cold without proper clothes and shoes these days along with thousands of other prisoners and not only survived, but based on this experience, a psychological style called Invented meaning therapy and inspired many people around the world. According to the semantic therapy style, every human being is created by God to achieve a meaning, which is a mission and goal in creating a better world, and finding this meaning is the greatest motivator of man during the ups and downs of life. One only has to help man to discover this meaning.
In many cases, this meaning is discovered in these times of suffering and challenge. Of course, it depends on the attitude of man towards such times.
True leaders come from suffering!
Warren Bennis (Father of Leadership Science) and Robert Thomas, after reviewing and interviewing the world’s top leaders over three years, found that all of them had experienced a sudden, bitter, painful, and challenging event in their lifetime. The way these people looked and behaved in these times, which are called the experimental plant, was the reason for their passing through these times and becoming a real leader. They found that the skills that help a person cope and thrive are exactly the skills that make a great leader. At the forefront of these skills is finding the meaning of life and drawing a positive picture of the post-crisis future.
As a result, when faced with difficult and unpredictable times and challenges, people fall into two categories:
1. People like Frankl himself who are actively challenged. Not only do they not give up on the challenge, but they use it as an opportunity to learn, improve and demonstrate their worthiness. In such circumstances, they find the meaning of their lives and use it not only to get through the period of suffering and challenge, but also to become a true leader.
2. People who are passively challenged. These people either give in to the challenge or are saved at best without any progress or discovery.
In this article, we will examine the steps that the first category of people take to discover meaning and actively overcome suffering.
The formula for overcoming suffering
To actively overcome suffering according to the science of semantics, 6 steps must be taken. These 6 steps can be summarized in the following formula:
Suffering formula = reflection + hope + optimism + discovering meaning + moving the behavior machine + creating a support circle
After focusing on the future, you need to paint a positive picture of it. Optimism means believing that the future will be good for us and our surroundings. Of course, optimism does not mean sitting down and drawing a positive and fantasy image, but rather an introduction to taking responsibility for our future. This positive perception is supposed to give us confidence to move and a sense of overcoming suffering and to dispel negative emotions. If we are full of negative emotions and images of the future, it will be impossible to discover the meaning and actively pass through suffering.
4) Discover the meaning
Now that we believe that the future is the product of our own decisions and positive outlook, it is time to discover the meaning of enduring suffering and challenge. Meaning that represents a positive future after a period of suffering and our mission and mission to achieve this future. This meaning will motivate us to endure these conditions in every second of suffering.
The information we have gathered in the reflection step will be used to discover the meaning. In future illustration, we must pay attention to the existing conditions, especially our obstacles and resources, so that we can paint an attractive, courageous, and at the same time logical and possible image based on what we have. A fantasy image that does not match what we have will soon fail us and take away our motivation to keep moving.
In the second part, I will examine how to discover and structure the meaning and the last 3 steps of suffering.
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