7 Winning Tactics To Becoming Comfortable With Uncertainty

About to make a big decision? Got some tough decision you’re putting off?

Have you ever had to make a big decision, one that required you to take a leap in the dark, was a long shot, or one that could have major repercussions on not only you but your family as well.

Or have you ever come to a decision about something really important only to find out later there would be even greater challenges to face? And that often these larger challenges would come from inside you own mind, your own thinking?

And finding if you’re stressed, anxious or tense… making decisions, even the little ones, can be worse still?

Becoming comfortable with uncertainty is part of the decision-making process. Uncertainty is defined as a situation in which something is unknown. Research shows us that uncertainty is a major trigger for anxiety and worry. That is, whenever you’re not 100% sure of something, you are more likely to stress and worry about it.

Here are 7 winning tactics for becoming comfortable with uncertainty:

1.     You can never be 100% certain!

No-one can predict the future, and herein lies the problem…almost everything has an element of uncertainty. Start small: practice becoming comfortable with uncertainty by trying out new (but low-risk) experiences, for example trying out a new restaurant without checking how other diners rated it, or go to a movie without first reading an online review.

2.      Sometimes you’ve just got to back yourself.

Trusting your own judgement and then taking that leap of faith is what’s required when pursuing your dreams. Involving yourself in regular and ongoing staff development and upskilling your managerial and leadership techniques will build that self-confidence in your ability to make decisions with more ease.

3.     Positive affirmations do help.

Chose suitable messages, sayings, or quotes, to support you along the way. For example, Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right’, or General Douglas MacArthur who said, ‘There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity’.

4.    Build a picture in your mind of a certain future.

Focus on a future that feels comfortable; visualize the end result. Doing so takes the pressure off your current experience and helps remove any uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty.

5.     Ask for help in laying your future’s foundations.

Seek out the support you need – the earlier the better. There’s nothing written down that says you must deal with all the uncertainties of life and business alone.

6.     Learn to become more comfortable with uncertainty.

Start acting as if you are already comfortable and self-assured with any uncertain situation you face. This process allows you to generate particular thoughts and commit to particular actions as if you are already fulfilling the role.

7.     A clear mind makes a difference.

When we are stressed, we can’t see the forest for the trees, we focus on the wrong thing, or we don’t know where to focus at all. Then our brains have difficulty coping with decision-making, big or small. Start working first on eliminating the overwhelm and reducing any stress you’re experiencing.

Linda Wells – Professional Speaker, Trainer & Consultant

Linda Wells

About the author:

Linda Wells is a speaker, trainer and consultant. For the past fourteen years Linda has inspired and educated men and women to reduce stress and significantly increase the success and enjoyment they get from their business and personal lives. She is the author of the book ‘Transforming Your Stress Into Business Success’, available at: www.transformingyourstressintobusinesssuccess.com