On this show…. we explored some of our options. Don’t you just love the word exploring? It gives us movement and freedom to research, consider, and try out almost anything. It’s an actionable word but it doesn’t force us to move at a predetermined pace or make any commitments we aren’t ready for. We are simply exploring and understanding. There are opportunities all around us. Some land in our lap whether we are conscious of it or not and others we have to uncover and bring to life. Exploring is about searching our hearts and our minds for what we want to happen next and then sifting through ideas and experiences until we find something that might fit.
We talked about uncertainty and why we succumb to its promise of “someday”. How can you embrace it now and find comfort?
- The Benefits of Uncertainty
- Preparing for Uncertainty
- Embracing Uncertainty
- Accepting uncertainty
- Building a Strong Support Network
- Investing in Yourself
- Managing Stress Levels
- Living for Today
Murphy’s law states that anything that could go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible time, all at once when you least expect it. If you don’t keep this law in mind as you are stepping onto the path of uncertainty, then, of course, unexpected things are likely to pop up and you might not be prepared to handle them.
- What’s the worst that could happen if I take action?
- What’s the worst that could happen if I don’t take action?
- What will I do about it?
- What could prevent me from taking action?
- How will I overcome these obstacles?
Create a Plan of Action
Replace any expectations that you may have with a written and tangible plan of action. A plan of action will help you to iron out all the details and will allow you to fit everything together into a concrete actionable structure. Ask yourself:
- What do I want?
- How will I pursue it?
- What will I do first?
- What will I do next?
We talked about vantage point and perspective...I use this idea often because it’s a reminder that your perspective plays a key role in success and failure. Stepping back and looking at the situation with a broader view will help you see all the moving parts. I like to think of it as climbing up on a mountain top and looking down. Here, from this vantage point, you can see potential roadblocks or new clear avenues. Anytime you feel rushed, uncertain, or overwhelmed. Take a pause, then a step back to consider the bigger picture.
What you really need is a change—a change of perspective. I found 7 ideas from Jeff Miller on theincrementallife.com
- Ask for help
- Walk away
- Start over
- Overhaul your routine
- Broaden you horizons
- Break out of your two-dimensional view
- Ask someone else to take the lead
In a quiet space, with time to yourself, start writing down all the things you are passionate about. This can include big broad strokes like; children, the elderly, gardening, entertaining, health & wellness….and so on.
Now, start exploring these ideas by taking each one and digging deeper:
- What feels like a hobby vs a job?
- How much time do you want to invest?
- Will there be a financial investment you will need to make?
- How does this idea algin with your goals, and current lifestyle?
Preparation is an important key to success. Every moment unknown is uncertain. Don’t use this undetermined time as a reason to go idle in the pursuit of your goals. Every step forward is a step in the right direction and you can start today. Climb up to that higher vantage point and spend some time exploring all your options.
CHALLENGE: see the challenge in uncertainty and harness your power to change your perspective. Explore opportunities while searching your heart for guidance. Plan, prepare, and procure - you will be happy you did!
I Know YOU Can Do It!