In light of the EU referendum and the backlash that has ensued since the published results (don’t worry, I’m not about to get all political on you), I’ve been thinking a lot about uncertainty. Namely, how we as people seem to assume the worst in the face of it. Of course, Fear of the Unknown is in fact a real concept; one that holds us back, stops us taking risks and causes us to stick with what we know rather than trying something new. That fear can stop progression and it can stop us having new experiences. But why? Why do we become so frightened by change? Do we always need to have a plan?
It’s easy to be fearful. We imagine worst-case scenarios in our heads and conjure up tragic consequences of actions that we’re scared to take. I know people that are stuck in jobs they hate, trapped in relationships that they wish they could escape from because there’s a lack of security and a lack of safety in not knowing what comes next. If they quit their job, how will they make money? If they leave their partner, will they be happy on their own? True, the grass isn’t always greener. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know.
When you’re faced with uncertainty, coach yourself to remain as positive and open-minded as possible:
– Put things into perspective; treat mistakes as lessons – learn from them and move on
– Allow yourself to be a little selfish. This is your life to live how you want to
– Remember that everything happens for a reason (a belief that has quite literally changed my life)
How do you stay positive when the future seems uncertain? I’d love to know your thoughts!
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