How does uncertainty make you feel? Nervous, stressed, scared? These reactions are common, but they can hold you back. Uncertainty can bring new and unexpected opportunities, creativity, curiosity, and excitement into your goals. Embracing uncertainty and letting go of a strict plan allows you take the blinders off to recognize new opportunities and create innovative solutions.
The author, speaker, and entrepreneur Jonathan Fields is the author of a book on that exact topic, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance, and recently was a guest at a Social Capitalist Event.
During the interview, he introduced listeners to the concept of certainty anchors. Jonathan studied highly creative, high-performance individuals and found that they shared a certain practice. They needed to feel free, not structure-bound in their working lives, and so they had created certainty anchors, or regular, repeated rituals, in their personal lives. These rituals made sitting with and exploring professional uncertainty possible, day after day, while keeping their overall anxiety-levels low.
What do certainty anchors look like? Some might eat the same thing for breakfast every day. Others might wear the same thing every day, a la Steve Jobs. Some might exercise daily, or start work at the same time daily, light a candle or even say a few Hail Mary’s.
Today, launch your own certainty anchors. What can you ritualize in your personal life that will free your mind to be dynamic at work?
Stop brooding over what you’ll eat for lunch and let your creative juices flow on the project you’re currently working on. What certainty anchors have you already deployed without even realizing it? What kind of effect do they have on your day?
Share your existing certainty anchors and those that you intend to create in your life!