“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, Infinite Possibilities open up in your life.” — Eckhart Tolle
The only thing certain about life is the uncertainty, except death. We like it when things work well for us. But if life takes a turn for the worse, we become anxious, nervous and fear the future. This affects our path to success. If we don’t want to be distracted by the lows, we need to embrace uncertainty. It will help us to see opportunities in crisis.
Here are 5 ways how to embrace uncertainty in tough times.
- Stay inquisitive
Staying inquisitive helps you not only to stay informed but also helps to keep you motivated and interested rather than being overwhelmed by all that you don’t know. It can help you to stay in the light, in uncertain times. Ask questions, seek new information and investigate ideas new to you.
- Be active
You need to be aware of your uncertain world. The ambiguity of our current world means you may not be able to tackle big problems but you can always take local actions. The positive action in incremental steps can help you stay motivated and keep you learning.
- Balance patience and action
Uncertainty can be stressful for many and so people tend to rush to decisions or premature actions. For the best decisions, you need to be patient so that you can take decisions at the best times. This will help you avoid a state of stagnancy or inaction. Be patient, but also be smart about when you must make decisions.
- Be honest with yourself
People tend to deceive themselves regularly. They do this to preserve their ego and reduce anxiety. In the face of uncertainty, you’ll need to resist cognitive biases and be honest with yourself so you can respond effectively.
- Stay engaged
If you feel overwhelmed with uncertainty, it can be natural to detach yourself from stressful situations. This might be healthy in small doses or in short term, but longer term, it’s important to stay involved and engaged. You can engage with information. You can also engage with your people. Stay in touch with friends, especially those in different regions or industries and ask for their opinions and perspectives. Join groups of people with common interests and share ideas about trends you’re all seeing.
Whether your given life situation feels under control or not, you can always learn to embrace it. After all new developments and innovations happen at the edges before the landscape is clear. Embracing uncertainty is a must-have skill to thrive in future.