Before the great explorers of old set out on their journeys they would always draw a map of the territory 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 none.
These times of change that we are living through are like this. Nobody can predict what we are going to encounter tomorrow, let alone in a year’s time.
This means that, like those explorers, we will succeed better if we sketch a 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 happens around us.
The final chapter of Inner Leadership shows you how to draw this map uniquely for yourself.
It pulls together the key features of everything you 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 contributes to your living a worthwhile life — and what you are doing 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 provides a simple template that you can use.
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 quickly to reorient and realign yourself, no matter happens.
This makes you antifragile. And, like the explorers of old, you can add to your map as you move forward.
Do you have a clear map of what most grounds and inspires you? 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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