I stopped and explained that because this was the first time he’d ever been in a boat, the rocking was completely different from anything he’d experienced before. But actually there was no real danger: the boat wasn’t tipping over in the way he feared it might. And even if we did fall in, the water was so shallow that we could easily walk to shore. Who knows, once he got used to it, bobbing around in a boat might even be fun!!
These times of churning that we are living through are a bit like this: many of the situations we are facing are completely different from anything we have experienced before. But though fires, floods, and hurricanes are becoming increasingly common, there is usually no immediate danger. Even with Covid-19 the actual risk is low, if we take precautions.
The later steps in the Inner Leadership process will show us how to work out whether the danger is real, find more ways to respond, and then choose our best way forward.
But before we do any of these things our first task is to learn to centre and ground ourselves and stay calm despite the rocking. Then, like Doctor Who, we can start to see the challenges we face as opportunities for adventure — proactively handling whatever comes up, and enjoying the process!
This is the first step to becoming antifragile.
Have you ever worried too much about something that didn’t happen and where the risk was very low? What would have happened if you had lived like Doctor Who?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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(And remember: you don’t learn to swim by reading about swimming, you also need to practice.)