Think back through your life: at the age of 16 you were not the same person as you had been when you were six. Nor were you the same at 16 as you later became (or will become) at 26, 36, 46, or 56.
Throughout our lives, in different ways, we are always changing and becoming. Just like caterpillars, we do not stay the same.
We are not just human beings, we are human becomings.
Unlike caterpillars, we can make our becoming a deliberate, conscious process. We can identify the people we most admire and why we admire them. We can connect more deeply with what it will take for us to live a worthwhile life. We can find what we love. And more.
The clearer we then become about who we want to become, the more deliberately we can focus our efforts to take us there there, no matter which way the wind is blowing today. The more adaptable we will become. And the more energy and enthusiasm we will have to take us where we want to get to.
In this time of change, realising that we are human becomings and choosing who we want to become, are two more steps to becoming antifragile: able to use change to become stronger in the ways that matter most to us.
Are you clear who you want to become? Are you actively becoming that person?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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