In a time of massive change, when things no longer work the way they used to, it can become easy to misinterpret events. Reactions of stress, anxiety, and even fear can make it harder for us to see a clear way forward.
After centring, grounding, and connecting deeply with ourselves, the second step of Inner Leadership is therefore to pause deliberately 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. The first tool of Chapter 2 reminds us that in a churning world there is always more than one explanation for what is happening and more than one way events might turn out. By spotting our mistaken assumptions and finding alternative explanations, we can feel more confident and become more likely to choose a way forward that works.
Another way to clarify what is happening is by spotting the new patterns that are emerging. Our conscious minds will often miss these changes but our unconscious intuition is likely to have spotted them already. By learning to call on our unconscious intuition more strongly, we can learn to spot what is happening, understand it, and even find solutions.
In a changing world, if we don’t check our assumptions or call on our intuition then we risk making plans based on outdated assumptions and with a limited range of alternatives for moving forward.
By applying these two tools we not only become more confident about what is happening, and find more options to move forward, but we also increase our chances of success.
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: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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