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5 Ways to Handle Uncertainty

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5 Ways to Handle Uncertainty
Will I have a job in six months? Will we have enough money? What if my new boss and I don't get along? Dealing with the uncertainties of life causes stress and anxiety--and there's a lot of uncertainty in the air right now.

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Change brings uncertainty

Change brings uncertainty
When it comes to change, we may not always be able to control the outcome, but we can control our response to it. And that's resilience. It gives you the tools to bounce back from tough situations and thrive in the face of challenges.

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Five keys to dealing with uncertainty

Five keys to dealing with uncertainty
  1. Recognize that there is only so much you can do right now, and that makes you human, not powerless.
  2. Envision the best, while being realistic. People tend to overestimate the risks and negative consequences and that leads to a lot of anxiety.
  3. You've faced uncertainty before. Take time to think and reflect on what helped you before.
  4. Although dealing with uncertainty is hard, there are consequences for not facing it head-on.
  5. See the Possibility.

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Strategies to improve the quality of your decisions

  • Be wary of fear and spot it as soon as it begins to surface.
  • Stay positive. 
  • Know what you know—and what you don’t.
  • Embrace that which you can’t control. 
  • Focus only on what matters. 
  • Don’t seek perfection - it leaves you lamenting what you failed to accomplish instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.
  • Don’t dwell on problems. Rather focus on actions to better yourself.
  • Recognize when you are overly influenced by your assumptions and emotions or by another person’s opinion.
  • Have a contingency plan without asking "What if?"

How to embrace an uncertain future

How to embrace an uncertain future
  • Replace expectations with plans. You can guide your tomorrow, but you can’t control the exact outcome.
  • Prepare for different possibilities.
  • Become a feeling ob...

Manage uncertainty and its related risk

Manage uncertainty and its related risk
  • Control the “controllable.” Certainty is vital in business, but also elusive.
  • How people cope starts with their attitude. Where there is change, there is opportunity.&nbs...

Unhealthy Ways to Deal with Uncertainty

  • Throw up your hands and give up. Then risking it all on the next big move for the company. Learn to fail faster - take lots of smaller risks instead of one big one and get feedback quickly.
  • Not wanting to make a decision at all because of fear of failure. Learning from failure is a valuable part of your education. If you make a couple of mistakes but outweigh those blunders with successes, you are okay.

Changing How We Evaluate Success with Decisions

... is critical in uncertaintyWe too often judge people by the outcomes of the decisions instead of on the process that was used to reach them.

However, isn’t it better if people had an unfortunate result and a great process than someone who had a successful outcome but flipped a coin to get there?