Two ways to make clearer sense of a changing world

When so much is changing, all at once, and the world no longer works the way it used to, it becomes easy to misinterpret what events mean. Add to this the stress, anxiety, and even fear that so much uncertainty can bring and it becomes clear that people in a time of change can easily find it difficult to make sense of what is happening.

This means is that, after we have connected deeply with ourselves, the next important step to becoming antifragile is to pause and make clear sense of the situation.

One way to do this is by noticing when we are making assumptions, based on how the world used to work. Then we can look for other explanations that make more sense, based on how the world works now.

And the second way that we can see more clearly is by calling on the power of our intuition. In a time of change, our conscious mind will still be making sense of events according to how the world used to work. But our unconscious minds will already be spotting the new patterns that are emerging. And if we learn to connect more strongly with our intuition we will become more able to understand the world that is emerging and find new ways to succeed within that world.

Pausing for a moment to apply these two simple tools will make us clearer and more confident about what is happening. It will bring us more options for how to move forward. And when we choose our best option we will be more confident that, even if it’s not perfect, it is the best solution available.

All of that will bring us more clarity, more confidence, and more enthusiasm to take the actions that are needed. And in a changing world, all these things will make us more likely to succeed. All will bring us a step closer to becoming antifragile.

Does your world still work the way it used to, a year or even a month ago? Do you pause to check whether you are making unconscious assumptions? Do you call on your intuition to help you find solutions? Would you like to?

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

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