Winston Churchill famously said:
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
This time of massive change is bringing us many ‘barking dogs’ each day. If we pay attention to them all they will distract us from our goals.
So Inner Leadership contains several tools that help to keep us focused and on track:
- Staying calm in a crisis and connecting with what matters most to us
- Making clear sense of our situation
- Knowing which dogs matter, and which can be ignored
- Knowing the five basic options we have for how much energy we devote to each ‘dog’, and the five practical strategies we have for dealing with the ones that matter
- Once we are past the barking dog, being clear about our destination gets us back on track quickly
- Choosing the best next step gets us moving again
- And knowing how inspire ourselves and other people to do what needs to be done and maintaining and building that momentum keeps us moving as the next ‘barking dogs’ come along
We will never reach our destination if we stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Choosing which ones to throw stones at and which ones to ignore is another step to becoming antifragile.
What barking dogs do you have in your life at the moment? Do you know which to ignore, which to pay attention to, and how to handle them?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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