Not knowing who we want to become

Signpost indicating all directions in the world. Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, about 1937.

A time of change brings us opportunities as well as problems. But even if we see those opportunities clearly, the uncertainty of a changing world means we can still feel unsure about how best how to move forward.

There are three main reasons for this. The second is when we haven’t decided who or what we want to become.

“If you don’t know where you want to get to, all ways forward will seem equally (ir)relevant.”

Several tools of Inner Leadership help us to build clarity around where we most want to get to, who we want to become:

In a time of churning, all ways forward can seem difficult or uncertain.

Knowing who we want to become will help us choose our best way forward and build the momentum, enthusiasm, and inspiration to get us there.

Have you ever struggled to choose a way forward? Was it because you were unclear who you wanted to become and which direction would take you there? Would it be useful for you to become clearer?

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

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