Two ways to make clearer sense of a changing world

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When so much is changing so fast, and the world no longer works the way it used to, it can become easy to misinterpret what events mean. Add reactions of stress, anxiety, or even fear to the mix and it can quickly become difficult to see a clear way forward.

This means the second step towards becoming antifragile (after we have centred, grounded, and connected deeply with ourselves) is to pause and make clear sense of the situation.

One way to do this is by unravelling the distorted thinking that comes from assuming the world still works the way it used to. By learning to spot our mistaken assumptions, and find new explanations that make more sense, we become more confident about what is really happening and more likely to choose a way forward that works.

A second way to make clearer sense of the situation is by calling on the power of our intuition. Often our unconscious minds will already be making sense of the new patterns that our conscious minds completely fail to spot. If we learn to connect more strongly and reliably with our intuition we will become better at seeing what is happening, understanding it, and finding solutions.

In a changing world, not checking our assumptions or listening to our intuition risks leading us to make plans based on outdated assumptions and a limited range of options.

But if we pause to apply these two simple tools we will become clearer and more confident about what is happening and we’ll find more options to move forward. Both these factors make us more likely to succeed in a changing world, and take us another step forward towards becoming antifragile.

Does your world still work the way it used to? Do you take the time to check for mistaken assumptions? 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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