Dealing With Uncertainty
I do not like uncertainty. I prefer to know what is going to happen by when. That creates security and comfort. The unknown is the seedbed of fear and anxiety.
However, it is a fact that change and uncertainty is ever present, and I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring. The question is what is the most effective response to this reality? Here are four helpful choices that will help you benefit from uncertainty:
Choice 1: Accept that you are not in control.
That includes other people, the weather, pandemics, politics, disasters, and even the good things that come to you. For me, this truth provides the opportunity for me to trust and call on the One who is in control.
Choice 2: Accept that you are responsible.
You cannot fully choose your circumstances and environment, but you can choose your response. You are “response-able”. Given that there is much to process and face, you need to be the best you can be. You can allow your fears and reactions to subside and engage your rational mind to choose your responses.
Choice 3: Focus on today.
You can only respond in the present moment. The past and the future only exist in your thinking. All fear, worry, and anxiety is rooted in past and future thought. When creating a plan, it is important to evaluate past results and consider future consequences. But once you have the plan, it’s time to take action in the present moment. The most effective decisions occur while acting.
Choice 4: Embrace gratitude and service.
When facing uncertainty, the temptation is to become fearful, withdrawn and self-centered. Choosing gratitude and focusing on serving others will engender a sense of purpose and hope during challenging times.
Persevering through uncertainty forges strength and character. Though it can be unpleasant, it is the means to growth and achieving excellence. If you learn to respond to uncertainty well, it becomes a wonderful tool to help you grow and improve.