Inner Leadership provides a step by step guide to doing the second: using stress and even fear to make us stronger.
- Chapter 1 shows us how to centre and ground, remain calm in a crisis, and connect strongly with our best version of ourselves, no matter what is happening around us
- Chapter 2 shows us how to check the evidence and make clear sense of the situation, because ‘fear’ can also stand for ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’
- Chapters 3 and 4 show us how to find the opportunities in a crisis and choose the one that is best for us
- Chapter 5 provides the focus and determination that come from knowing our purpose and values
- And Chapters 6 and 7 show us how to articulate that vision in a way that inspires us and other people to long to make it happen
If we look back through our life it is probably filled with times when we felt afraid: our first day at school, our first driving lesson, our first date, our first job, and so on. But each time, the fear we felt was hiding an opportunity for us to learn and grow. And when we gain the right skills, even riding a rodeo bull can become routine.
So when we understand that what we call a ‘crisis’ is really an opportunity, and that our purpose and values are a recipe for becoming fully who we truly are, then we can learn that what we call ‘fear’ is actually an opportunity to Face Everything And Rise.
This is another step to becoming antifragile.
When did you last feel afraid? Would it be useful to know how to reinterpret our fears and turn them into joy and fulfilment instead?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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