Dealing with uncertainty

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Dealing with uncertainty

We all want to have more control over life's different events and over the outcomes we get from the actions we take.

The level of control each of us demands usually differs from a person to another according to his ability to handle uncertainty.

Life is full of uncertainties whether you like this fact or not and learning how to deal with uncertainty is the key to being in control when things get out of control.

How to deal with uncertainty

  • You can't escape from uncertainty Some people believe that the best way to deal with uncertainty is to eliminate it by trying to over control everything in their life. People who think that way don't only become control freaks but they are the ones who lose control the most when they face uncertainties
  • Learn how to be in control when you face uncertainty: The right way to deal with uncertainty is not avoiding it but its learning how to be in control when you face it. Instead of trying to control the whole world around you its much easier to learn how to control yourself and your response to situations that has unpredictable outcomes (see How to regain control of your life)
  • Destructive thoughts and uncertainty: One of the main reasons that makes some people unable to handle uncertainty are the negative thoughts they get when they have no control over the outcomes. Those people keep thinking about the worst possibilities and so end up feeling more stressed and frustrated. Learn how to watch your self talk during uncertainties and then teach yourself how to stop these thoughts or replace them with positive ones ( see How to stop negative thoughts)
  • Act fast: If you are in a position to take action then do it as fast as you can because the more you delay your actions the more frustrated you will become and the more intense will your emotions be
  • Don't escape: Usually uncertainty is accompanied by worrying which sometimes motivates the person to play it safe and to avoid anything that would lead to uncertainty. Playing it safe usually results in making your ability to face uncertainty weaker since you will never get enough training and so the next time you face uncertainties you will feel really bad and frustrated

Final words about dealing with uncertainty

The next time you find yourself facing a situation that has an unpredictable outcome remind yourself that uncertainty is a normal part of life that can't be avoided, try to control yourself instead of trying to control the whole world and don't ever escape by trying to play it safe.

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