Two ways to make clearer sense of a changing world

When so many things are changing at once, and the world no longer works the way it used to, it can be easy to misinterpret what events mean. If you add in reactions of stress, anxiety, or even fear it is easy to see why people can quickly find it difficult to see a clear way forward.

This means that, after connecting deeply with ourselves, the second step to becoming antifragile is to pause and make clear sense of the situation.

One way to do this is by spotting when we might be making assumptions. This helps us look for other explanations that might make more sense.

Another good approach is to call 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 them. 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. It will help us find more options to move forward and make us more confident that we have found the best available solution. And in a changing world, all these things make us more likely to succeed. All take us another step forward towards becoming antifragile.

Does the world you live in work the same 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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