Antifragility starts from within

Tree Roots

Becoming antifragile is about learning not just how to cope with change but how to use change to become stronger.

This means learning to manage and lead ourselves differently, proactively, so that every setback (and success) strengthens our resolve and increases our ability to achieve our goals. 

Management is about controlling actions. It’s about measuring what we did yesterday, making sure we spend time on what is important today, and looking out for the issues that might arise tomorrow. The focus of management is outwards.

But before management comes leadership. Before we take action we must first decide what to do. And to know that we have to look inwards. How else can we choose our priorities?

Leadership is about choosing what is important and inspiring ourselves and other people to do what needs to be done.

This means the first step of becoming antifragile is both deceptively simple and incredibly important: it lays the foundation for everything else that follows.

The first step to becoming antifragile is our ability to bring ourselves back to a state of calm inner balance and connect strongly with who we are and what matters most to us.

Like the roots of a tree, the deeper we build this connection the better we will be able to survive droughts and remain upright when storms are raging around us. And when times are calm, the depth of our inner ‘roots’ will determine how far we are able to spread out the branches of our influence into wider challenges and roles.

For these reasons it is worth learning how to centre and ground and send your roots out deep and wide.

In a crisis, how quickly are you currently able to return to a state of calm inner balance and connect strongly with what matters most to you? How easy do you find it to choose your priorities? Is it worth spending time to deepen your roots and strengthen your connection with yourself?

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

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