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“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
I’ve been reading lots of blogs about what to do as a leader during these times.
Truth is nobody knows for sure.
None of us in organizations today has been through a pandemic before.
There is plenty of fear to go around and lots of ways that it can magnify.
However, when we let fear get a foothold it actually clogs up the part of our brain we need most these days… The creative part.
After the last email entitled What is Mine to Do? I got a call from Jill Konrath, a dear friend and colleague of mine.
We had an inspiring conversation about the power of asking the question "What is mine to do?"
We both struggle knowing we could do many things during this time of unrest and pandemic fear.
We talked about the difference between asking: how do we solve this problem vs what do we want to create?
We noticed that the difference in response in our bodies to the two questions was palpable. When we imagined solving a problem, we were starting from a place of seeing the current situation as something that needed to be fixed.
When we asked what do we want to create, our energy totally shifted. There was a sense of wonder, creativity, curiosity and excitement.
We had a heart-felt connection to possibility that didn’t exist when we were “solving a problem.”
Same situation. All it took to feel much more motivated and energized was changing our perspective and asking a possibility question instead of a problem question.
Jill and I are both leaders and what we did was take the time to reflect and ponder. Out of that reflection came a shift that inspired both of us.
Lots of things feel out of control right now. We realized that what is in our control is deciding whether to approach today as a problem or a possibility.
And that makes all the difference.
Experiment with this for yourself, your colleagues, and your team and let me know what you notice.
Interested in having a possibility conversation? I'd love to talk with you!
Until next time,
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