How Strong is Your Self-Disruption Muscle?

It’s been one hell of a year! Talk about one out of the box. I hope you and your loved ones are doing OK as it's been pretty rough for many people.

One of my favourite topics is self-disruption - how do we disrupt ourselves so that we can perform at our best by choosing more constructive ways of responding to people and events, instead of operating on auto-pilot.

We’ve had massive external disruption impacting on our world via COVID-19 and all of the consequences of that – death, illness, anxiety, fatigue, homeschooling, lockdown, social distancing, zoom, limited travel, mask-wearing and so on.

This external disruption has offered us opportunities to practice internal disruption in response to the external forces acting upon us. How did you go this year? Did you take the opportunity to exercise and strengthen your disruption muscle? Were you mainly on autopilot reacting to the external events? Or were you able to disrupt yourself, press the pause button and choose the most effective response for the situation you were facing?

I think many of us were probably doing a bit of both this year and experiencing a range of emotions at different times as shown by my 2020 Disruption Map.

I know I am way more effective when I’m able to pause in the moment and choose my response – like picking the right club from my golf bag to play a particular shot instead of hitting all shots with just a putter in my kit.

Self-awareness, reflection and practice are key to building and strengthening your disruption muscle. This is where my high-performing teams and coaching programs start – before worrying about anyone else, start with yourself.

Some questions to ponder:

  • What has this year taught you about yourself?

  • About how you respond to challenges outside of your control?

  • What surprised you?

  • What are you proud of?

  • What will you take forward with you into 2021?

  • What will you say no to? What will you say yes to?

  • If you were able to press the pause button more often to respond, rather than react, what would be different? Who would benefit?

  • What will happen if you do nothing?

This year has shown that we can be amazingly adaptable when we need to be, as individuals, as businesses, and as a society. There are so many examples of collaboration and innovation in response to forced change out of our control. It’s shown what happens when we come together as a community to unite towards a common goal – especially in Victoria where most of the community endured an extended lockdown for the good of all.

How effective we are as a collective in responding to forced change starts with you and the choices you make.


XX Cynthia