Emotional Intelligence

Embracing Uncertainty Will Set You Free

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As difficult as it may be, leaving our comfort zones is the best way to get more in our lives. That means we must step into uncertainty to get what we want, but it is only by facing difficulties, dealing with discomfort and challenging our fear of pain that we can build lives that are more wonderful than we can imagine. Ultimately, embracing uncertainty will make you stronger, more resilient and set you free!

What does embrace the uncertainty mean?

You might not know that only 2% of the human population is using the secret for success. The other 98% are stuck in a mental web that keeps them drifting along, simply reacting to life as it comes.

That drifting is the comfort zone.

To get out of it we must learn how to embrace the uncertainty, which means challenging ourselves to do something – anything – different than we are right now. By doing so, we open ourselves to:

  • Improved resilience
  • Closer relationships
  • Better decision making 
  • Greater learning
  • Self discovery
  • And so much more!

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Life is so much richer when we get past the emotional uncertainty we feel. Fear holds us back from achieving amazing things! We might blame it on our propensity for procrastination, or not having enough information yet, or needing a better strategy before we can move forward, but the reality is that it is fear that is keeping us inside our comfort zones.

Embracing uncertainty means challenging those fears, which can be uncomfortable. 

How do you deal with feelings of discomfort?

We all have feelings of discomfort, no matter how successful we may be. Any time we challenge ourselves, which we have to do if we want the kind of wonderful lives that we deserve, we will feel some sort of emotional uncertainty and maybe physical discomfort too. 

As we do with growing pains, we must deal with the discomfort to reach new levels of success and fulfillment in our lives. Everyone will have different ways to cope with their pain and it’s important to find the ones that work for you. A few ideas to try are:

  • Developing your emotional intelligence, so you can better understand the emotional uncertainty and what is triggering it, to move past it. 
  • Deep breathing to settle anxiety and feelings of fear or pain in the moment. 
  • Spend some time in nature and allow the natural beauty to elevate your mental state.
  • Practicing greater self-compassion, which will help you move past any failures faster. 
  • Writing about times when you conquered fear or overcame pain and how you did it. You might be able to apply these learnings to new situations. 
  • Building a success journal, starting with revisiting your past achievements then documenting your new ones as you challenge yourself. 
  • Practicing reframing your thoughts, to change your perspective, which will help shift the feelings of fear.  
  • Adopt the mantra, “Why Not?”  Why not do something new? Why not take the path less traveled? Why not step out of your comfort zone?

Each one of these things can help you build the resources to deal with feelings of discomfort as you choose to step outside your comfort zone and build resilience, by embracing uncertainty. 

How do I build resilience?

Building resilience is rather simple, but perhaps, not easy. You build resilience by trying new things. That might mean pushing yourself farther in something you’re already doing, or doing something you’ve never done before.

When you’re ready to do things you’ve never done before, remember that the changes can be small at first, if you are the kind of person who needs to take things slowly. We all have different tolerances and to build a new habit that will serve you for a lifetime, you need to discover your own path for dealing with discomfort. 

If you are not sure how to get going, here a few ideas:

  • Say hello to someone passing by or strike up a conversation with a stranger
  • Try a new restaurant or order a dish you’ve never tried before 
  • Do something by yourself
  • Take an online course or an in-person class
  • Follow motivational leaders on social media and learn from them
  • Eat lunch outside
  • Go somewhere in your area that you’ve never been 
  • Take a cold shower

Every time you do something you have never done before or challenge yourself to push farther than ever, you will build your resilience. 

You are capable of doing so much more than you realize! You will discover how much, as you continue to challenge yourself to push past your limits and get better at embracing uncertainty. Before you know it, you will feel freer and more confident than ever…and the best part is, you will be living that life you’ve been dreaming about!

If you would like to become part of a supportive community that celebrates and supports each other as we grow, I invite you to join the Play Big Movement Group. It’s FREE and I would love to welcome you into it. 


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