Trust the Process

Have you ever been asked to “trust the process?”

It’s something I’ve invited groups or coaching clients to do, out loud and far more frequently in my head.

Why? Because the process of strategy building or navigating transitions can become fuzzier before it gets clearer, and if you give up on it too soon, you might be doing so just before the fog clears.

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Safe to Change

I’ve been reminded in multiple ways recently that stress can stand in the way of our ability and willingness to adapt, both personally and organizationally.

When our nervous system is on high alert, our tendency is to self-protect. In that state, it’s very hard for us to be curious, to listen well, or to stay open to new experiences. We can easily get stuck in unhelpful patterns simply because we are so overwhelmed by demands and ongoing volatility that we can’t bear to introduce change in yet another area of our life — even if that change is positive and wanted.

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Memories Fuel Imagination

Our imagination is fed by our memory.

Seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it. Our imagination pulls us toward a new future, but it’s anchored in our past.

It’s very hard for us to imagine something of which we have never seen any of the component parts. We can put them together in novel ways, but if we are working from a limited library of images in the first place, our ability to be creative is stifled.

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