When the Answers are Uncertain…
We get it.
Change is tough even in normal times. And change in the midst of chaos can push us over the edge. Leaving us feeling overwhelmed and stuck, unable to move forward. Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball so you could look into the future and know that everything will be okay? Sometimes what causes us the greatest stress is that the answers are uncertain; the unknown.
As a young child, I was completely oblivious to the fact that I needed glasses until I took a mandatory eye exam at my elementary school. My parents were notified and I was promptly taken to an eye doctor. And within a short period of time, I was wearing my new glasses. I remember the feeling of finally seeing things that I never knew existed. I remember how amazing it felt to see clearly. When things are uncertain, our lives feel unfocused, much like poor vision. We just feel better when we have clarity about what the future holds.
Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball so you could look into the future and know that everything will be okay?
Think about a time when you’ve had to make a difficult decision. Sometimes the most painful part of making a hard decision is all of the contemplation you do leading up to the actual decision. Weighing all of the pros and cons. Seeking advice from trusted friends. Thinking about all possible outcomes. The worst-case scenarios. But once you’ve made the decision, everything suddenly becomes clear. You can take action and move forward with your decision.
When answers are uncertain, our lives feel unfocused, much like poor vision.
But how do you do that when there are so many unknowns? Sometimes you have to learn to live with uncertainty and ambiguity. The reality is that there has always been uncertainty in life. You just weren’t as aware of it because you had your normal schedule and day-to-day life, and that made you feel more safe and secure. You may never love uncertainty and ambiguity, but you can’t allow it to prevent you from enjoying life and moving forward. Here are a few things that you can do to keep moving forward, even in times of change and uncertainty:
Focus on what you have control over.
Don’t waste your time and energy thinking about things that you don’t have any control over. You can’t control what other people do. And you can’t control outside factors that are affecting your life. But you can control how you choose to spend your time. Be creative and think outside the box to find ways to bring enjoyment to your life.
Create a gratitude list.
When you’re going through challenging times, it is easy to focus on everything negative, which isn’t healthy. Intentionally spend time each day thinking about what you are grateful and thankful for. Share those things out loud with others. You may just spark some gratitude in someone else too.
Be positive and look to the future.
When you’re in the middle of change and chaos, it might feel like it will never end. However, life experiences tell us that difficult times pass. So focus on the future, knowing that the challenge you’re dealing with will pass as well. Do your best to maintain a positive attitude. Research by Shawn Achor, author of the Happiness Advantage, shows we are more collaborative, adaptive, empathetic, and more productive with a positive mindset.
Every leader should be able to move their business forward, even in the midst of uncertainty.
Just like your life, we know that you also want more control over the growth and future of your business. Believe in yourself, trust your instincts, and always remember that people have good intentions, even in a world of chaos. We get that you care about your business, and so do we. Which is why we’re offering a free 90-minute executive session to help make sure you’re staying on track. Since 1989, we’ve helped executives just like you develop clear plans and gain buy-in to make things happen. Request your free session today.
Even when the answers are uncertain, it could be a Time of Opportunity for your business.