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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
  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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Emotional intelligence when facing uncertainty
As we face uncertainty, our brains push us to overreact in a place where emotions, such as anxiety and fear, are generated. And these inhibit good decision-making.
Overriding this mechanism to shift this thinking in a rational direction requires emotional intelligence (EQ).

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  • Clarify your goals and objectives, what is really important to you and what is optional. 
  • Create a map.  You need a system that allows you to maneuver when you lose perspective.
  • Go towards uncertainty. Take the first step and you’ll see that the limits of the unknown become narrower.
  • Focus on what you can control in the short term. Do not obsess over what might happen in the future or you will be foolishly paralyzed.
  • Be open to surprises. It will allow you to learn and experience things that you have not even dreamed of.
  • Accept the risks
  • Be curious. Observe, read, question, learn, do not take anything for granted.
  • Be brave. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Practice tuning into the senses

In moments of moderate to intense anxiety, the 3×3 practice can come in handy.

Drop into 3 of your senses and name 3 things that you notice about them: the things you’re seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, or hearing. This can help interrupt the automatic catastrophic thinking that’s fuelling the anxiety.