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 ever experienced before. No wonder it seemed weird and scary!
But actually there was no real danger: the boat wasn’t tipping over in the way he was afraid it might. And even if we did fall in, the water was so shallow we could easily walk to shore. Once he got used to it, rocking around in the boat could even be fun!
The times of churning we are living through can often seem like this: the changes we face are very different from anything we have seen before but usually there is no real danger.
If there is danger, the later tools of Inner Leadership will show us what to do about it. But before we come to that, the first step — the first essential skill for leading ourselves through these times of change — is to learn to centre and ground ourselves and stay calm despite the rocking.
Once we have done this, then we will be able to decide better whether the danger is real, what we are going to do about it, and where to steer our ‘boat’. Then we will be able to apply the other skills of Inner Leadership to turn this time of churning into an opportunity for purpose, joy, and personal growth.
But before we come to that, the first essential skill is to centre and ground ourselves at will.
Do you ever find yourself knocked off-balance by the changes happening in the world? Would you like to improve your ability to remain centre and grounded at all times, strongly connected with who you are and what is most important to you?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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