Two ways to make clearer sense of a changing world


When so many things are changing so fast, and the world no longer works the way it used to, it can become easy to misinterpret what events mean. If you add the reactions of stress, anxiety, or even fear that this can cause, then people can quickly find it difficult to see a clear way forward.

This means that the second step towards becoming antifragile (after we have connected deeply with ourselves) is to pause and make clear sense of the situation.

One way to do this is by spotting when we might be making assumptions. Then we can find other explanations that might make more sense, we can become more confident that we truly do understand what is happening, and we can become more likely to choose a successful way forward.

Another good way to make sense of a changing world is by calling on the power of our intuition. In times of change our conscious minds are likely to miss or ignore the new patterns that are emerging but our unconscious minds will already be making sense of what is happening. By learning to connect more strongly with our intuition, we become more able to understand the world and to find solutions.

Pausing to apply these two simple tools will make us clearer and more confident about what is happening. And it will enable us to find more options to move forward. In a changing world, both these things make us more likely to succeed. And both take us another step forward towards becoming antifragile.

Does the world you live in work the way it used to? Do you ever make assumptions that turn out not to be correct? Do you call on your intuition to help you find solutions?

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

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