Alan Watts, the British-born philosopher, has pointed out the sense, which we all seem to share, that we live in a time of unusual uncertainty. He accredits this feeling to all the new technologies and science that we are bombarded with.
The surprising thing is he said this in 1951! Think of how much more truth those words hold today.
Our technology, our business, our science have all grown exponentially, leaving us feeling more uncertain than ever.
Faced with uncertainty, we naturally strive to take control.
Control is an illusion and uncertainty is the reality.
The root of our lives is about resisting uncertainty, reaching for a safety zone, but uncertainty is a constant in life and in leadership. And when uncertainty leads to doubt and fear, we find ourselves stuck.
So how do we handle uncertainty?
We can either fight it or lean into it.
We can either fear it or embrace it
We can either control it or try to engage it.
We can either battle it or we can become comfortable with it.
To lead forward in uncertainty:
We can accept. Acknowledging and accepting that there will be uncertainty, we can keep an open heart and mind.
We can observe. When we become observers, we can look outside of ourselves, and we do not need to get trapped in our own difficulties or drama.
We can let go. When we let go of of the notion we can control everything, we free ourselves from the illusion we are in control.
The wisdom of uncertainty is to stay present and accept it, observe it and let it go.
Try not to anticipate what will happen but know that whatever comes, you can watch it and wonder how it will unfold.
This life is your life and to live it fully, to lead with wisdom, is to let insight find its way to you.
Lead From Within: If you want security, step out of your illusions and know that there is no safety in reality. Uncertainty is here to stay, but how we choose to deal with it is the one thing we really can control.
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