Use change to become stronger and more beautiful


They say a diamond is just a piece of charcoal that has learned to handle stress exceptionally well.

The Churning, Inner Leadership is a book that shows us how we, too, can learn to handle the stress of change in ways that make us stronger and more beautiful.

It does this by showing us how to improve our skills at seven essential steps:

  1. Remaining calm, centred, and grounded, even in a crisis, deeply connected with who we are and what we care about
  2. Making clearer sense of the situations we find ourself in
  3. Finding more options to move forward
  4. Choosing what is best for us
  5. Aligning that with our purpose and values to maintain direction over time
  6. Describing it in a way that inspires and enthuses us and the people around us to do what needs to be done
  7. Maintaining that inspiration and enthusiasm as we move forward

For the next 100 days or so, this blog will bring you key extracts from the book one day at a time: one post from Chapter 1, one from Chapter 2, 3, 4, and so on. The order will be muddled but it will give you a sense of what the book contains. And it will show you some, but not all, of the more than 30 tools within it.

If you haven’t read the book this will give you a taster. If you have read it, this will act as a reminder — support to maintain your practice and increase your skill.

Once you have mastered all seven steps you will have become antifragile: able not only to survive change but to use that change to become stronger.

Creating a diamond in your own image.

Do you want to become better at handling change? Would it be useful to know how to use change to become more focused and enthusiastic, stronger and more beautiful? 

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

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You can buy the book here and the workbook here.

(And remember: you don’t learn to swim by reading about swimming, you also need to practice.)

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2 Replies to “Use change to become stronger and more beautiful”

  1. Hi Finn, I dont know how I got here but I did somehow. What a great discovery, I am an inspirational junkie and love to read inspring articles. Looking forward to your subsequent posts on the book. I have subscribed.

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