Create your own customised inspiration map

The source of the Nile, John Hanning Speke, 1863

Before the great explorers of old set out on their journeys they would always draw a map of what they knew about 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 no map.

The times of change that we are living through mean that we are all explorers now. Nobody can predict what will happen tomorrow, let alone in a year’s time.

So we will succeed better if, like those explorers, we prepare a map to take with us.

In our case, the map we need is not of the outer physical world but of our own inner worlds: the sources of inspiration that will keep us grounded, focused, aligned and motivated, no matter what happens.

The final chapter of Inner Leadership shows you how to draw this map uniquely for yourself, by pulling 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 will do each day, week, or month to achieve that
  • Facts and quotes that inspire you and draw you forward
  • The people who are essential to achieving your vision, and what they need to stay motivated
  • How you will keep yourself centred, grounded, and connected with your priorities as you move forward

By mapping these key landmarks before you set out you create something to refer to if you get lost — a tool that you can use to quickly reorient and realign yourself, no matter what happens around you.

Then you have become antifragile. And, like the explorers of old, you can update your map as you go. 

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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Map image from the Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, Captain J.H. Speke, 1863

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