Finding new sources of inspiration

After we have grounded ourselves and made clearer sense of the situation, the next step in using change to become stronger is to find more options to move forward.

In a time of change, the approaches we used in the past might no longer work.

In a time of change, the only two things we can be certain of are that we can’t predict what will happen and that all ways forward are likely to be difficult.

And the greatest improvements don’t come from trying to improve the past: the way Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb wasn’t by looking for better ways of making candles.

So success in a time of change becomes most likely not when we try to repeat what worked in the past but when we find what will generate the greatest levels of enthusiasm and support among the people who will make it happen going forward: our customers, our employees, our investors, our families, and most importantly ourselves.

Success becomes most likely when we find what will most inspire us and other people to wake up each morning, longing to make it happen.

In a time of change, the best way to find new options to move forward is not by looking for ways to return to a past that has already gone forever but by finding new inspiration for the way the world could be.

What inspires you most about what you’re working on today? What would happen if you were working on something that you (and the people around you) found even more inspiring?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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