Finding new sources of inspiration

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After we have grounded ourselves and made clear sense of the situation, the next step in learning how to use change to become stronger is to find more options for how to move forward.

In a time of change, the strategies and tactics that worked well in the past won’t necessarily work well any more. So we can’t rely on our existing mindsets. We have to think outside the box of the way the world used to work — after all, the way Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb wasn’t by looking for better ways of making candles.

One thing we can be sure of in a time of change is that all ways forward are likely to be difficult. This means that success becomes most likely when we can find what generates the greatest levels of enthusiasm among the people we will need to make it happen  — 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 others to get up each morning, longing to make it happen.

In a time of change, the best way to find new options for moving forward is not by strategising ever more deeply about the way the world used to work 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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