Before the great explorers of old set out on their journeys they would always draw a map of the territories they were about to enter: where was the food and the drinkable water? Where were the deserts and the swamps, the helpful people and the dangerous ones? Even a sketch map was better than no map at all.
These times of change that we are living through are like this. We are all explorers now. Nobody can predict what is going to happen tomorrow, let alone in a year’s time.
This means that, like those ancient explorers, we will succeed better if we have a sketch map to take with us.
In our case, the map we need is not a map of the outer physical world but rather a map of our own inner world: a reminder of what will keep us grounded, focused, motivated, and aligned on the priorities that matter to us, no matter what is happening around us.
The final chapter of Inner Leadership shows us how to draw this map uniquely for ourselves.
It pulls together the key features of everything you will have explored in the book:
- What you are working to create: your inspiring vision
- Why this matters to you — your purpose
- How you are going to make this journey — your values
- How this will contribute to you living a worthwhile life — and what actions you are taking to achieve that
- Key facts and quotes that inspire you to move forward
- The people who are essential to achieving your vision, and what they need to feel motivated and inspired
- How you will keep yourself centred, grounded, and connected with your priorities as you move forward
The workbook even provides a simple template that you can use to fill this out.
By creating a map of these key landmarks before you set out, you give yourself something to refer to if you get lost — a tool that enables you to quickly reorient and realign yourself, no matter happens.
This is another way to make you antifragile.
And, just like the explorers of old, you can add to your map as you move forward.
Do you have a clear map of where your well of inspiration is, what feeds you and gives you energy? Would it be useful to create one?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and a set of tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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