Opportunity Waits in the Time of Uncertainty
Most people don’t like taking risks or facing uncertainty, rather they prefer to follow an easy and predictable way. It can be a good and safe approach in many situations but it doesn’t give you enough space to evolve. Because mostly the opportunities come in the time of uncertainty. We have witnessed this during recent pandemic time, when on one hand the whole world was finding ways to fight the disease and save lives, on the other hand, businessmen were thinking to find opportunities to save businesses in the uncertain period.
Role of Uncertainty in Life
Life is full of uncertainty and worries about the future. We spend our lives trying to get control over our present and future. But this is not possible because life always gives surprises. Sometimes these surprises are positive, sometimes negative. We can bring certainty into our lives up to a very limited level.
Ursula K Le Guin, a famous author said,
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Uncertainty Brings Opportunities
During uncertainty often opportunities are waiting for us. It is the time when your struggle gets converted into success. In a way, we can say that this is the benefit of uncertainty in that it opens new doors for learning. It polishes our existing qualities and helps us acquire new skills.
Charlie Sheen said,
Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn.
Key Tips To Manage Fear of Uncertainty
Uncertainty brings opportunities along and gives you more chances to grow. We have seen this during COVID-19 that the world has shifted to solutions that were never thought of before. New ways of shopping, education, health care, and child care have been introduced to defeat the disease. As life has to move on in all circumstances therefore new lifestyles have been adopted, and a new way of doing businesses and jobs have been established.
Following are the tips which will keep you standing firm during uncertain times and remove your fear of facing uncertainty.
1. Focus on Areas of Life Which You Can Control
If you fear uncertainty or want to live an easy-going life then you should keep your focus on the areas of your life that you can control. Like
- What to cook?
- What to wear?
- Where to go?
- What to eat?
- What to study? etc.
2. Develop a Solution-Oriented Approach
To cope with uncertainty, instead of worrying about the problem, think about possible solutions. People having fear of uncertainty find refuge in worrying about problems, falsely believing that this will solve their worry.
3. Challenge Your Fears and Abilities and Accept Change Gracefully
Sometimes we underestimate our powers and abilities. Keep challenging your fears as this is the only way to deal with them. Accept change gracefully and bravely because uncertainty and change are part of life and they bring opportunities along.
4. During High Uncertainty Period Live In Present
During a high uncertainty period, as we observed recently during Covid, live a life in the present and don’t worry too much about the future. During Covid, we didn’t know how things will unfold every coming day. Therefore the best strategy was to make short-term goals and evaluate the progress daily. For many, even this uncertain recession time was full of opportunities.
5. Be Optimistic and Confident to Overcome Fear
Bernard Beckett said,
The human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, and differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.
Your behavior and confidence during uncertainty determine how many opportunities you will be able to find in uncertain times.
Uncertainty is not something fearful rather it is a tool to remove your fears. By following the safe way you block the path of many opportunities that wait during times of uncertainty. We should keep challenging our skills to accept change and adapt to new circumstances.
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