September 27, 2020 4 min read
COVID life and the unknown it brings with it has left many of us feeling afraid. Afraid of slowing down, afraid of keeping up, afraid of holding on and afraid of letting go. There’s an internal battle going on, it's the resistance between the unrealistic expectations of what we feel we should be doing (based on the way life used to be) and creating the space to pave a new path. A path that moves our mindset and our behaviour from a mode of surviving to one of thriving, which is why we need to learn to intentionally adapt.
Your Intentional Adaptability Quotient (IAQ®) is the measure of how skilled you are at making intentional change in a complex and uncertain environment that is evolving at speed. The concept of Adaptability Quotient (AQ) was originally expressed in a 2011 Harvard Business Review entitled Adaptability: The New Competitive Advantage. But intentionally adapting, takes the concept one step further, and is critical in the current environment because it is about bringing meaning to the forefront of how we make decisions. IAQ® is premised on slowing down, creating the space to think, to experiment, and to unlearn.
So where as a leader might you even begin to build your IAQ® as a means for thriving? We start with small intentional practices that amplify skill in the domains of Focus, Courage and Curiosity. Our aim is to create the space daily for more of the things that light you up and truly matter.
We live in a world that is now designed to distract us. Our attention has become a highly valuable commodity, so valuable in fact that companies like Netflix claim sleep as one of their biggest competitors. Productivity has become our disease, busy our default position, and every waking moment is full. Our focus on doing is compromising our state of being…human being.
Fear is the number one barrier to change (even if that change is something you’ve longed for) and yet fear and failure are two of the greatest levers you have available to you to shape the change you seek.
I am often told by professionals that curiosity is something they do in their spare time of which they have none. Curiosity is a state of being, those who are brilliant at it (like Einstein) share that the more they explore their curiosity the less they realise they know. What an invitation to open our eyes to the world around us and possibility we didn’t realise existed.
Amplifying your IAQ® provides a navigation system for you to explore, experiment and evolve in a way that is meaningful to you. Focus, Courage and Curiosity act as levers to unlock possibility and move us from a position of surviving in complexity and uncertainty to thriving.
HackingHappy.co is on a mission to teach 10 million humans how to intentionally adapt by 2025 in order to future proof happiness. We are devoted to supporting you in creating the space, self-belief and the courage to realise the happiness you deserve. Want more happy in each day? Take your free Hacking Happiness Assessment here.