Two ways to make clearer sense of a changing world

When so many things are changing all at once, and the world no longer works the way it used to, it can be easy to misinterpret what events mean. Add to that the reactions that uncertainty can bring — of stress, anxiety, and even fear — and it is easy to see why people in a time of change can often find it difficult to make sense of what is happening.

What all this means is that, after first 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 also make sense. And by comparing them we get to understand the situation more clearly.

Another way is to call on the power of our intuition. In times of change our conscious mind will still be making sense of the world according to the way it used to work. But our unconscious minds will already be leaping ahead and making sense of the new patterns that are emerging. By learning to connect more strongly with our intuition we become more able both to understand the emerging world and to find ways to succeed within it.

Pausing to apply these two simple tools will make us clearer and more confident about what is happening. It will help us find more options to move forward. And ultimately, when we choose the best way forward for us, it will make us more confident that we have found the best available solution. And that will add vigour and enthusiasm to our actions.

In a changing world, all these things will make us more likely to succeed. And all will take us another step forward to becoming antifragile.

Does the world you live in still work the way it used to? Do you ever check to see whether you are unconsciously making an assumption? Do you call on 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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