When so much is changing so fast, and the world no longer works the way it used to, it can become easy to misinterpret what events mean. Add reactions of stress, anxiety, or even fear to the mix and it can quickly become difficult to see a clear way forward.
This means that the second step towards becoming antifragile (after we have centred, grounded, and connected deeply with our priorities) is to pause and make clear sense of the situation.
One way we can do this is by spotting when we might be making assumptions. If we can do this, and find new explanations that make more sense, we can become more confident about what is happening and more likely to choose a successful way forward.
Another way is by calling on the power of our intuition. In times of change, new patterns will be emerging that our conscious minds are likely to miss or ignore. But our unconscious minds will already be spotting and making sense of what is happening. By learning to connect more strongly with our intuition, we become more able to understand the world and find solutions.
In a changing world, pausing to apply these two simple tools will make us clearer and more confident about what is happening and enable us to find more options to move forward. Both these things will make us more likely to succeed in a changing world. And both will take us another step forward towards becoming antifragile.
Does your world still 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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