Last week I started full time for eight weeks in the first Australian Antler Cohort in Sydney. Antler is an incubator program that focuses on creating the next wave of tech companies. They had over 1000 applicants but accepted only 71 amazing humans of which I was fortunate enough to be one. Some may consider this a success but at the end of week one, I found myself questioning if this is success, why do I feel so uncomfortable?
The timing for me could not have been better as I was just about to build a piece of technology to address the challenge of navigating the pace and scale of change that so many are struggling to deal with. I wanted to use tech to amplify skill in intentional adaptability and help us relearn the power of being human. Antler provided the opportunity to do this, surrounded by an amazing community of coaches and mentors.
Every Friday, I undertake a little reflection process that helps me connect with the week that was, and reset by carrying what I’ve learnt into the week ahead. It’s my way of continuing my practice of intentional adaptability. So, at the end of week one in Antler, you may be surprised to discover that my little reflection process uncovered that I felt uncomfortable, intrigued and excited all at the same time.
Let me show you how this reflection process works and peel back the layers on why I feel this way in the hope that you may find this quick weekly exercise as powerful as I do.
How do I feel?
Uncomfortable, questioning, open, intrigued, excited.
Why do I feel this way?
What made me feel good this week?
What didn’t make me feel great this week?
How will I intentionally adapt to make the most of next week?
Growth occurs in discomfortWhen I undertake this reflection, it helps remind me that no matter what amazing opportunities come my way I’m still evolving, learning and trying to be a better version of me. I can only achieve this if I actively seek out the uncomfortable and challenge myself to be open and curious in the process. The opportunity to be a part of Antler, regardless of the outcome at the end of this eight-week intensive is providing me with the space to do exactly that. The way I look at it I can’t lose. I will have 70+ new connections, a truckload more knowledge about how to build a business that creates impact globally, and I will have stretched myself in ways I hadn’t even considered.
“You’re not the user, you’re the product. Hang up, log off, and tune in to a different way to be in the world."