Life, as we all know, often doesn’t go the way we expect. That seems especially true for entrepreneurs and their families. Along the path of uncertain finances, hard decisions, and overstretched capacity, it’s easy to feel stuck at times. Like there’s no right choice, no easy escape from a tough business decision or a contentious disagreement.

There is always something to be gained

If your business is flailing, or your marriage has gone cold, or you’re having trouble connecting with your kids, you can still ask this question. You can dig deep within yourself, look at the resources surrounding you, and see what there is for you in this situation.

The opportunity may not always be what you expect, but there is always something to be gained from a situation. Perhaps it’s a chance to develop important character traits like patience, humility, and persistence. Perhaps it’s an opportunity to learn a new skill. Perhaps it’s a chance to reach out and ask for help.

We have more choices than we realize

But when we are open to the possibility that something positive can come out of even the toughest situation, we suddenly find ourselves with choices. We can choose to change our perspective. We can choose to try something new. We can choose to try to better ourselves.

Entrepreneurs are marked by their creativity and their dogged pursuit of opportunity. And there is no greater impetus for thinking outside the box than when you are stuck or struggling.

Personal growth and change are always possible

Every entrepreneurial couple I know reaches a point in their relationship when they have two distinct options: stick with the status quo or try something new.

Those who choose the latter usually end up with healthier work-life balance, more effective communication strategies, and a stronger support network–outcomes they didn’t know were possible before.

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