When I was 19 I took my youngest brother boating on a nearby pleasure lake. He was only six years old and as I rowed across the shallow water he became quite scared. I stopped and explained that because this was the first time he had ever been in a boat, the rocking was completely different from anything he had experienced before. But there was no real danger. The boat wasn’t tipping over as he was afraid it might do. And even if it did, the water was very shallow so we could easily walk to shore, dry off, and start again. Once he got used to it, the rocking of the boat could even be fun!
These times of churning can often seem like this: the changes we are facing are different from anything we have experienced before but usually there is no real danger. If there is, the later tools of Inner Leadership will show us how to identify this and what to do about it. But the first step, the first essential skill for leaders in a time of change, is to be able to centre and ground ourselves at will so that then we can decide calmly whether the danger is real or not.
Then, as you will see, with a new attitude and frameworks even this time of massive change can become a time for opportunity and enjoyment.
Do you ever find yourself being pushed off-centre by the changes that are happening around you? Would you like to improve your ability to centre and ground?
Adapted from Inner Leadership. Buy the Book