The best way to improve your life in 2021 is to become comfortable with uncertainty.
The fear of the unknown often takes up so much of your bandwidth that you have little energy left to execute the habits and behaviors that produce a meaningful and productive life.
So, the question then is how do you become comfortable with uncertainty?
I can think of three things:
1. Look back at your life and realize that you have never had certainty and that life is non-linear to the core. When I deeply internalized this belief it changed me. What it does is take the sting and surprise out of random events. Why? Because you are expecting randomness.
2. Start living with a “two is one and one is none” mentality. This simply means that you must build some buffer into your life so that when things go wrong (and you know they will) you will have sufficient capacity and resources to deal with it. I am less stressed about the tire of my car blowing out if I know that I have a spare in the boot.
3. Cultivate inner certainty. You will be ok with uncertainty if you deeply believe that you are the kind of person that can overcome any challenge. So do things that build your confidence, stay consistent in the small things, and find the time to come to grips with who you are and who you want to be.
The unknown is where all the magic happens.
It’s an invitation to a better you.