Stay Motivated Through Uncertainty


There’s an old Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” There’s no doubt we’re living through interesting times. The uncertainty that has been ever present in most people’s lives has been unprecedented. Uncertainty is something we live with in the best of times but the rate of change and not knowing what is coming next is tough on our brains and our motivation. How can you stay engaged when circumstances are constantly changing? Here are some strategies:

  • Set your expectations with realistic optimism. Believe that everything is going to work out fine, while accepting that getting there might not be easy. Research consistently shows that having positive expectations is essential for staying motivated in the face of setbacks.
  • Adopt bigger-picture thinking. When we think about the larger meaning or purpose of our actions, we’re more inspired to push forward. Take the time to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.
  • Embrace candor. Constantly and honestly communicate with others on your team to create new norms and habits that are appropriate for the moment. Seek out those everyday conversations about what’s working and what isn’t; they’re essential to pushing you through uncertain times.

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