Finding new sources of inspiration

Binoculars on the Empire State Building

After we have grounded ourselves, and made clear sense of the situation, the next step of Inner Leadership is to find more options for moving forward. This is the third step towards making us antifragile: able to use change to become stronger.

In this time of change, the strategies and tactics that worked well in the past won’t necessarily work well in the future. Instead, new opportunities are emerging all the time. After all, Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb by looking for better ways of making candles.

So if we want to look for more ways forward than we can see today, we won’t find them by applying our existing mindsets. We have to think outside the box of the way the world used to work. We have to learn to think differently. 

In this time of change, all ways forward are likely to be difficult. This means success is most likely to come from whatever generates the greatest levels of enthusiasm to make it happen  — in our customers, our families, our employees, our investors, and most importantly in ourselves. Success is most likely when we find what will most inspire us to get up each morning, longing to make it happen.

In this time of change, the best way to find new ways forward is not by strategising more deeply about the way the world used to work but by finding new inspiration for the way the world could be.

What inspires you most about what you’re working on today? What would happen if you inspired yourself (and others around you) even more?

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

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