After the initial shock and stress of the pandemic, it is time for us leaders to start engaging fully with the post-pandemic world—for there are tougher and hitherto unprecedented challenges on the near horizon. They cannot be ignored. The planet, and her people, cannot wait.
These are the emotional and psychological skills that a person needs to do a certain thing. For example, being a film director needs the mental resources of courage, strength, resolve, empathy, charisma etc, whereas being a chef needs the mental resources of resilience, creativity, organisation, energy etc.
The most important thing to realise about mental resources is that almost all human beings have access to all of them to some degree. In fact, in all but the most extreme cases, all mental resources are present in all of us, even if some have developed various resources more than others. If this is the case, any mental and emotional resource can be enhanced, built upon and nurtured so that it becomes stronger and therefore more accessible to us in everyday life.
For example, although we may think of ourselves as, say, lacking in energy, we still have some energy (otherwise we’d be dead!). Or if we think we are not creative, we still create writing every time we use a pen to jot things down. Or if we think we are not courageous we still have the courage to earn a living; or just get up in the morning. So no matter how low our start-point is when building new mental habits, we can work to strengthen our abilities in any area, assuming we commit to doing so, over time. This is the art and science of creative leadership and mind programming.
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