For most people, the thought of losing everything they have equates to their worst nightmare. The idea of being deprived of our financial safety net, our health and close relationships is one which is able to make our heads spin and cause us to break out in cold sweat.
Most of us have been raised with deeply ingrained values such as security, stability and comfort guiding our lives. Since those values dwell on an unconscious level, we are usually not aware of their powerful influence on our decisions, behaviour and ultimately, our results.
But the times we live in are unpredictable. The acronym VUCA is sometimes used to describe the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of situations we often face in the world we currently live in.
Threats such as global pandemics, climate change and scarcity of resources are likely to affect our stability in the future. Jobs for life can’t be taken for granted any more; people keep moving around from city to city and country to country searching for happiness (I’m speaking from personal experience here, having lived in four different countries); automatization and increased robotization make us more and more redundant in mechanical, predictable jobs.
At the same time, there is a whole new set of skills that become more and more indispensable in the world we live in: skills such as creativity, innovation, flexibility and the ability to quickly pivot when the going gets tough.
Our most important skills however, are our resilience, grit and ability to bounce back from failure or any challenges life brings. With these skills in place, we are able to face pretty much everything and quickly find our way back to our purpose, no matter how far we have strayed.