Managing ambiguity: When responses are unclear Have you ever been presented with a choice between two or more pathways, each of which was completely distinct from the others?
These situations frequently cause us to fear because we feel under pressure to choose a course that we will have to follow forever without turning back. You start to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each decision, worry about the repercussions of your decision, and have trouble sleeping because tomorrow is just one day away from the decision-making deadline.
Speaking of tough.
Managing uncertainty is never simple, especially when it involves making a significant life decision like choosing a college, a career, or the location of your next move.
We often wish that we could simply stop time in these circumstances so that we would be better prepared to provide our response and start moving in one direction or the other.
Unfortunately, the clock keeps going and our minds start to get distracted by ifs, ands, or buts. We start to perceive managing uncertainty as a burden that has been placed on us and from which we are powerless to free ourselves.
CONTENT IN THE MOMENT TO MANAGE UNCERTAINTY I’m aware that this part sounds a little absurd. When you have choices in front of you, how can I possibly expect you to be pleased in the present? There’s a good chance that at least one of these choices has a due date, and you genuinely have no idea what you’re going to do. Maybe I’ll simply wing it and decide at the last minute, you’ve thought. Some of you claim that I haven’t had enough time to effectively arrange my ideas and weigh all of my options.
If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that humans dislike dealing with uncertainty. In fact, I’d suggest that most of us probably don’t handle it very well at all. Because of how preoccupied with all the potential outcomes our minds have become, we lose sleep over it, our appetites alter, and we change as people.
Breathe, my friend.
I also chat to myself.
I’m coming to realize that being satisfied with where I am right now is one of the finest ways to deal with uncertainty. I’m not referring to the previous ten seconds or the upcoming ten seconds. I’m referring to this exact moment.
Our world moves so quickly that we frequently lose sight of the moment. We become disoriented while dealing with uncertainty because we are disoriented in time. When the solutions aren’t evident to us, we become agitated and start to worry about choosing the appropriate choice.
DOES THERE REALLY EXIST A RIGHT ANSWER? Do you really believe there is a correct response to the uncertainty you are presently experiencing? The response might be yes in various circumstances. However, there might not be a correct response because you might be content with any choice.
The latter scenario tends to cause individuals greater anxiety since it implies that all of your life may depend on a single choice. That’s frightful!
Can I be really open with you for a moment?
I used to struggle a lot with uncertainty because I never thought there were two excellent options. I have always recognized right and wrong. I would blame myself for making the incorrect decision if anything didn’t work out. If I knew that the option I had chosen was the incorrect one, why did I choose it? I started looking for ways I may have known the correct response. I reasoned that if I could identify my error, perhaps it wouldn’t occur again.
I had to learn that having two decent options was OK, even if I could never decide which course to take. Maybe that’s why I ultimately decided to switch schools, change my degree, and refocus my efforts.
How to Manage Uncertainty
I want to encourage you to do the following if you are having trouble dealing with uncertainty in your own life right now:
Be mindful of the time you are presently experiencing. Don’t think that there is only one positive course for your life. Own your decisions. If you believe lists to be useful, make some (not stressful) Talk to a trusted person about your choice. Get to a point where you can accept the results. Although there isn’t a foolproof way to deal with uncertainty in life, there are things you can do to make yourself feel better when you’re not sure what’s coming up. Have faith in the process, have faith in yourself, and be at peace with whatever transpires.
You can do this.