There are times in business and life, when uncertainty can take hold of you. And sometimes, by the throat. For instance, you may hear news of an imminent new law that will greatly affect your business turnover for the worst.
Or you may hear of redundancies within your company caused by technology and wonder if they will be applying their ‘last in-first out’ policy.
(Of course, uncertainty can suddenly march into your mind amongst a myriad of other topics too)
Whatever the uncertainty is, it can trigger despair, doubt and endless, and in most cases, needless worry about your future.
Uncertainty can make people feel like they are not in control – and that induces fear and worry in most
For a lot of people uncertainty can actually paralyze them completely. All those underlying, dormant fears of their future rise to the surface like the bubbles in a boiling pan of water and they focus entirely on the negative scenario that the information or uncertainty carries.
For others it can spur them onto greater heights. I suppose it depends on whether you are optimistic or pessimistic.
Don’t get me wrong, uncertainty can create doubt in the staunchest of optimists’ minds. But the big difference I have seen is that in the optimist, after the initial shock of the news (Uncertainty) they have received, their positive outlook will eventually see them through. It will indeed spur them on.
How to Overcome Uncertainty
If you have some uncertainty in your life at the moment, recognise that to feel negative and think the worst- initially– is quite natural. By simply acknowledging that fact will help you overcome the fear uncertainty can automatically cause, far faster.
The trick is to realign your thoughts. I like to use good questions to help me re-focus my mind. But first I briefly look to my past.
How we view things determines what we experience
Ask yourself if you have been through anything like this before. You more than likely have. What did you learn from that past experience? How did you overcome it? If you got through it well use the same strategy.
If you didn’t get through the past experience of uncertainty very well, do your best not to repeat those same patterns of thinking and actions.
The questions I ask myself are;
“What is really great about this (Whatever is causing the uncertainty) news?”
“How and what can I learn or grow from this?”
“What greater things could possibly come out of this?”
So remember, when faced with uncertainty about your future recognise that it is natural to feel doubtful, worried even frightened about it.
Some people try and fight those natural feelings, which is a lost battle before you begin. Rather, thank them for being there; fully accept them. Just don’t dwell on those thoughts and then realign them using the above suggestions.
These techniques will keep you optimistic through those uncertain times which will greatly reduce anxiety and worry. The mind works better at coping when it is not in the worry and fear mode.
And how you view or interpret things determines what you will experience.
Robert is an Author, NLP Practitioner, TimeLine Therapist™ and Life Enhancement Coach. If you would like to change your life for the better or get your personal breakthrough, then please go here for more details.