Two ways to make clearer sense of a changing world

When the world no longer works the way it used to, and so many things are changing all at once, it can be easy to misinterpret what events mean. Add in the reactions of stress, anxiety, or even fear and it is easy to see why people can quickly find it difficult to see a clear way forward.

This means that, after connecting deeply with ourselves, the second step to becoming antifragile is to pause and make clear sense of the situation.

One way to do this is by spotting when we are making assumptions. This helps us look for other explanations that might make more sense.

Another is to call on the power of our intuition. In times of change our conscious minds will be making sense of the world in the way it used to work. They are likely to miss or ignore the new patterns that are emerging. But our unconscious minds will already be making sense of these patterns. And by learning to connect more strongly with our intuition we become more able to understand the world and to find solutions.

Pausing to apply these two simple tools will make us clearer and more confident about what is happening. That will help us find better options to move forward and make us more confident that we have found the best available solution. And in a changing world, all these things will make us more likely to succeed. All will take us another step forward to 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 use 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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