EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY

No matter how blessed your life may be, you will never be free from uncertainty. To live is to be uncertain. Even with the best-laid plans, you can not know what is coming next. If that is the case, you have two choices – you can fret and worry about the uncertain or embrace it. If you want to be the type of person that embraces uncertainty, then follow the tips below.

  1. Acknowledge Your Uncertainty

Acknowledging uncertainty is the first step towards embracing it. It would help if you realized that life is full of suspense and nothing you can do about it. Once you have accepted that universal truth, you can focus on embracing uncertainty.

  • Reframe Uncertainty as Excitement

Yes, it can be scary when you do not know what is going to happen next. But guess what? Not knowing what is next can be exciting too! Your future is full of opportunity. What new adventures and discoveries await you? Embrace the excitement of the unknown.

  • Remember, You Can Handle It!

Never forget that you are a healthy, capable person who can handle anything that comes your way. Life is full of trials and tribulations. Who better to conquer them than you? Focus on building your self-confidence, and you will notice the fear of uncertainty begin to slip away.

  • Embrace Imperfection

You can try your very best, but not everything is going to work out precisely the way you want. That is OK! By letting go of perfection, you free yourself from worrying about everything going exactly right. It is great when things work out, but sometimes life’s most rewarding experiences happen when they do not.

  • Prepare for Different Outcomes

One way to deal with uncertainty is to be as prepared as possible for it. An easy way to do that is to prepare for different outcomes. You can not possibly plan the outcome for every situation, but that is OK. If you focus on the most likely results, you will feel much surer of yourself.

  • Focus on the Things You Can Control

Listen, a large part of our lives is simply out of our control. That can be an overwhelming feeling for some people. If you are feeling this way, try and focus on the things you can control. It will help you feel more in control. You can not change the things out of your control, so why waste energy trying?

  • Live in the Present

Sometimes we struggle living in the present. We should not be taking life for granted, but we often fret about the future or obsess over the past. When we live in the moment, we get to enjoy our experiences truly. As a bonus, focusing on the present is a great way to stop worrying about the future’s uncertainty.

  • Remember Everything You Have

While you are worrying about the future’s uncertainty, do not forget to reflect on the past. All your past experiences were once an uncertainty after all. Take stock of all the great things you have in your life. Appreciate where you have come. You will worry less about the future when you recognize just how far you have come.

  • Welcome Failure

One of the biggest reasons we fear uncertainty is because we are scared of failing in some way. The thing is, failure is nothing to be feared! Failure is nothing more than a lesson learned. The task may be painful, but it is almost always impactful. If you look at the loss as a regular part of your journey, you will feel much more comfortable with uncertainty.

That’s it for now. Over the weekend, I will post quotes. Take care until next time. Stay safe, and keep the faith.

DEALING WITH CHANGE

Change is so difficult for many to deal with. Use these tips to help you deal with change.

  1. Acceptance

Acceptance is the most significant step and the most necessary one. Accept that life will always be changing. It is the one thing you can depend on above all else. When you and your friends were hanging out in high school, it all changed when you graduated. There are and will be plenty more examples throughout your life.

  • Do Not Get Too Comfortable

The most significant changes seem always to happen when we are content or comfortable. While there may not be scientific evidence to back this up, you should still be ready for anything that comes your way. When you are comfortable in your situation, you let your guard down, making it more of a shock when something does change.

  • Talk About Your Feelings Towards Change

People tend to let things build up inside. They do not talk about their situations, or if they do, they do not speak to the right people. For instance, if the changes are at work, consider talking to your manager about the impact of those changes. Managers are human beings, despite what people otherwise believe. Present your concerns professionally and try not to flare up your anger, even if not directed at your manager. Bear in mind that your manager may be dealing with the changes much the same as you are.

  • Try to Turn the Change in Your Favor

The phrase “turn lemons into lemonade” has widely been overused. However, it is hard to deny the meaning of it and the impact of that meaning. If you are dealing with change, see what angles you can use to make it work to your benefit in one form or another.

  • Keep Changes You Can Control to a Minimum

If you try to enact too many changes at once, it may overwhelm the affected people. People need time to absorb those changes and incorporate them into their lives. If you bombard them with many changes, they will likely rebel, and you left picking up the pieces. Sometimes, the changes you put into place can not be helped. But, if you do have control over them, try to introduce them slowly over time.

  • Join Support Groups

Some changes will impact people where they need the support of others. It can happen when death strikes or some long-term illness. It could be trying to give up a type of addiction, etc. There may be other types of changes where people need to reach out. Seek out the help of others who are going through similar circumstances as you are.

  • Trust Your Instincts

You could be forced into situations or decisions that go against what they believe. If you find yourself in such a case, it is best to go with your gut or trust your instincts. If the change does not feel right and you have no power to counter it, try to remove yourself from the situation if you feel strongly about it.

  • Change Can Lead to Unforeseen Opportunities

You could say this goes in line a bit with the lemonade from lemons, but when you start to focus on change being something good, opportunities will be more open to you. They have a way of finding you. These opportunities may not have presented themselves had the changes not occurred.

I hope you find this of some help. Until next time, stay safe and keep the faith.

P.S. I have quotes on goals and they are for the month of January. So, even though it does not deal with the above post, I thought I would still share on this post.