We live in very uncertain times. More so because as the pace of change is increasing, technology and artificial intelligence are disrupting the way we work and live. Because we don’t know what impact this will have and when, we cannot control the future. As the future is so unpredictable, we try to cling to things that are certain. In fact, everything is uncertain and impermanent. We try to control outcomes by doing more of what we know hoping that will bring certainty
However, what we know, might not be relevant, in a world where resources are diminishing, and technology and artificial solutions are becoming more prevalent.
So what do we actually control if it’s not the outcomes or the future? This is a question that many of the eastern wisdom traditions have grappled with and the answer may surprise you.
What we control are our intention and our actions. Whilst we intend for our actions to have a particular outcome, the actual result is dependent on more than us and includes factors beyond our control.
Many leaders continue giving 100% of themselves constantly but without a replenishment strategy, over a long period, this can lead to burnout.
One of the future fit skills identified by the Institute for the Future is building resilience in extreme environments. This extends beyond personal resilience to include your team, business and network. This is about consciously converting challenges into opportunities.
Most of us are conscious of what we do to stay healthy. Exercise, eating well and sleep. All of these are great strategies for your body.
But, what about your mind?
“Your mind is the architect of your destiny” Rod Stryker
One of the most powerful ways of strengthening your mind is meditation. Don’t believe me? Check out this link for scientific evidence.
What do you do to train your mind?
How do you balance being with doing to build resilience?