Uncertainty is a Certainty — What to Do?
One thing is for certain — you will face uncertainty. It will show itself in all aspects of your life. But I’m guessing you already know and accept this. If you don’t, then you’re not being real with yourself.
Albert Einstein once said, “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
Absolute certainty, or being able to enjoy perpetual certainty, is just not realistic. We can have brief moments of certainty, but that’s really all we can expect. So, what to do? Do we just accept it? Is there anything we can do about it? I think there is, yes.
Tips On Facing Uncertain Times
- Don’t Hurt Yourself. When in the midst of uncertainty, don’t do anything that will hurt you; don’t overcommit yourself or your business, don’t do anything too risky, don’t make any big decisions especially if you’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired…HALT! If you can wait to make the big decision or for the clouds of uncertainty to dissipate, then wait for a better time.
- Seek Advice, But Not Too Much. Find one or two people you have absolute confidence in. Discuss your situation with them. Listen to them. But don’t seek too much advice. If you do, you might find yourself right where you started or even more uncertain. Too many opinions is not good.
- Consider, Don’t Obsess. There’s a big difference between thoughtfully considering your situation and obsessing over it. The former is good and responsible, the latter is dangerous. Objectively consider the advice you’ve received, the situation you’re in, consider alternatives, journal your thoughts, then walk away. Go for a run. Step away from your desk. Do something fun. Try not to think about it until the next day. Whatever you do, don’t obsess over the situation. You will avoid stress, panic, anxiety, all of which will not support your best and highest thinking or decision-making.
- Disentangle Your Mind. As I mentioned above, write in your journal. I think pen and paper are preferred, but if you keep a digital journal, then fine. But putting down your thoughts helps disentangle and clarify your thoughts, and clarity is good.
- Keep Your Business and Life in Balance. As you face uncertainty, guard against any imbalance emerging between your business and your life. Don’t allow your business to steal energy from your life, and don’t allow your life to steal energy from your business. Manage them together, not as two separate entities. Whomever said “my personal life is separate from my professional life” is lying to themselves. You cannot do this. I feel so strongly about this that I’m writing a book about this very issue, due out next year.
- Turn To Your Faith or Belief System. If you’re like me, I pray when things get especially troubling. It helps and encourages me, keeps me centered, and reaffirms that I am not alone. This tip is actually pretty important to me, and I’m sure it is for many others. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. But at least acknowledge that we can’t do life alone, so it is important to do whatever is necessary to gain inner strength in uncertain times.
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