A recipe for creating inspiration in a time of change

If you want to create something new in a time of change, your first task is to inspire yourself and other people to want to make it happen. And this will happen so much better if you can inspire them to long to make it happen.

As the poet and pilot Antoine de Saint Exupéry put it:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

The best way to achieve this is by creating your own unique combination of the basic seven ingredients that go to make up any inspiring Story:

  1. The problem you want to address
  2. The future you want to create 
  3. The first steps to get there 
  4. Articulated in a way that is meaningful for your audience 
  5. Expressed authentically by you 
  6. Explaining why your vision matters  (the principles, ideals, or values it upholds) and
  7. Asking your audience to make a choice: Will they go with you?

The more successfully you combine these basic building blocks, the more you and the people around you will long to make your project to succeed.

And then the less you will need to ‘assign tasks’ or ‘drum up people to collect wood’ — because you and the people around you will simply be longing to get on with it and do what needs to be done.

This is yet another step to becoming antifragile in a time of change.

Are you and the people around you longing for the project you are working on to succeed? What would happen if that changed? Or is there something else that you are longing to do instead?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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