Uncertainty...we all experience it every day. We live in uncertain times. Just pick up today’s paper and the headlines are screaming with news that reinforce this. Safety. Finances. Job Stability. Health. Healthcare. Social Security. Relationships. The list can go on and on and varies for each of us. There’s no doubt about it, uncertainty can be uncomfortable.As human beings are wired to want to control our environment and outcomes. We enjoy the stability that comes from having continuity between our past and future, a future that is familiar, stable and predictable. We like to feel that we are masters of our own ship, in control of our fate, and so it’s entirely natural to find ourselves feeling a little out of sorts when our future becomes an unknown quantity.But as much as we may try to do otherwise, it is impossible to navigate a certain path through uncertain waters.
The reality is that in our fast changing, unpredictable and accelerated world, it’s those who are willing to embrace uncertainty, take decisive action despite the "what if's" are the ones who will reap the greatest rewards.I can personally say that everything I have done that has transformed me into the person I am now was outside my comfort zone. The future is unknown, but as I have learned and experienced on many occasions, no worthwhile aspiration can be accomplished without surrendering to the comforts of the familiar.If you want a different outcome than what you're experiencing, the only way is to change your routine. Stepping out of your comfort zone, taking a chance and believing in yourself is the only way to create new opportunities, experience growth, build confidence and expand our influence.While each person had forged their own unique path to success – either up an organizational ladder or as an entrepreneur – the common thread of wisdom they all shared was that in today’s competitive and fast changing workplace, we can never hope to achieve success unless we’re willing to embrace the unknown and don't be afraid to try a new approach.
”Too often we interpret our failure's as permanent inadequacies on our part rather than looking at them as stepping stones in your journey. Use your failures or "bumps along the way" and learn from them. Five years from now there will be people who have achieved extraordinary success in their endeavors. While we don’t know who they will be, one thing is sure - they won’t be people who have played it safe and stuck to 'business as usual'. Rather, they will be people who have continued to stretch themselves, to forge new ground despite the unpredictability it invites, and to risk failure in the process. If one thing is certain, certainty can be comfortable and demand little from us, but I challenge you to go for one thing that you've been wrestling with in your mind but have chosen to ignore because of fear. When you believe in yourself and go for it, you'll be amazed at just how much you're actually capable of doing. Soooo...throw away your list of pro's and con's, what if's and just go for it! You'll be glad you did!