Increase Your Ability To Handle Uncertainty


We are all dealing with unprecedented — and seemingly endless — uncertainty right now. While you may not have as much clarity as you’d like, you can avoid feeling disoriented by developing your “uncertainty capability” and reframing your outlook on the unknown. Some common reframes include:

  1. Learning. Ask yourself what you can learn from the situation rather than automatically viewing it as a setback.
  2. Games. Remember that you win some and lose some. You can think of things as a game. During a particularly challenging period, a friend of mine and I looked at things as a boxing match. Each week was one round and we would evaluate whether we won the round by how the week went. The important thing was that we geared up for the next round.
  3. Gratitude. Recognize what you already have and are thankful for. There is always someone who has things worse than you do, so it is important to appreciate what you have. 
  4. Randomness. A lot of life is random. What happens to you isn’t always your doing.

Without a clear end to the pandemic in sight, it’s important that we develop and sustain a healthy relationship with the things we can’t know and can’t control. These shifts in how you think about uncertainty will help you build resilience and a positive outlook.

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