Do you manage uncertainty or do you create it?

The disciple was full of disturbing questions. He asked one of them to the mentor: Dear teacher, how will I know when I am really on the way to the utmost inner freedom?. The teacher smiled affectionately and said: Do not torment yourself. When you are really on the way to the utmost inner liberty, you will no longer ask such questions. Or does the bird ever wonder whether or not it is really flying?

For several years now, we have been living in an increasingly turbulent environment where we are only certain about change, where we feel that everything is beyond our control. We often wonder: when will the crisis be over?, or: what will become of us when we finish our studies? Allthese questions make us feel insecure, stressed out or anxious. When such uncertainty invades us, we find it more difficult to make decisions or decide which way to go. However, we should be realistic and think that not everything can be under our control.

Therefore, is it advisable to have a plan in order to achieve our goals? While it is true that we need to plan our goals and establish a benchmark to guide us, we also need to be aware that we will always find obstacles holding us up from achieving the expected results. With these obstacles, if we stick to the plan we had in mind, we will face irritating and stressful situations. In this case, the best we can do is to change course and look for another way to get there. We must be flexible and creative in order to overcome situations.

We should follow the example of a river, whose main goal is to flow into the sea. It surely meets all kinds of impediments along the way, such as rocks or uneven terrain. However, these obstacles do not prevent the river from still flowing, as it seeks ways or alternative routes to the sea. Many times it finds it difficult to flow in a straight line, so it threads its way through and leaves all impediments behind.

How can this help us manage uncertainty? If we are able to assimilate it, we will increase our confidence in our resources and be able to better face potential obstacles. Is it preferable to deal with or to accept uncertainty? Accepting that uncertainty is part of our daily life turns out to be the healthiest way to manage it. This will help us to reflect, be patient, confident and find another way to take us to our destination. The important thing is not to be stopped by fear and to learn from these difficulties to finally plan other routes. Logically, this is a complicated task,  but in our times we’d better manage than create uncertainty.

Thank you very much for your time.

Vicente Benavent is the author of this text, whom we thank for his collaboration with Psicotec. Visit his Blog

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