The Most Certain Ways to Battle Uncertainty
You might be all too familiar with the feeling of uncertainty. As traditional, linear career paths become a thing of the past, and structured, hierarchical organizations give way to flat and collaborative workplaces, there’s more and more responsibility on you to chart your own course. Especially when these situations have a lot of unknowns and their consequences are unpredictable, uncertainty looms larger than ever.
Whether you’re starting a company and can’t see exactly what lies ahead, or you’re working for an organization where everything seems a bit shaky, uncertainty can be a tough beast to beat. A small minority do thrive in the challenge of facing the unknown, but most people prefer a little more structure and well, clarity. If you’re in the latter camp, have no fear—we’ve rounded up some great resources that, with certainty, will help you deal with uncertainty.
Find out ways your team can help you reduce the burden of uncertainty. (99U)
There are some simple ways to tackle uncertainty by changing how you perceive it. (Tiny Buddha)
Does ambiguity give you too much grief? See how you can get better in situations with a lack of clarity and direction. (Zen Habits)
If the future of your business isn’t clear, here are some specific ways you can think about and respond to the situation. (Fast Company)
Instead of focusing on uncertainty, think instead about finding opportunity. (HBR)
Better yet, learn how entrepreneurs manage to let go of the need for certainty. (Forbes)
Ambiguity is more and more common within organizations. Here are 10 things to think about when dealing with uncertainty and stress where there’s a lack of structure. (LinkedIn)
Don’t let the unknown get you down. Find peace of mind and go with the flow. (Calm Down Mind)
Still feeling a little uncertain about uncertainty? Check out a few of our favorite articles on rolling with the punches.
- Have a Winding Career Path? How to Explain it With Ease
- Your Career Isn't a Ladder—It's a Smartphone
- How to Get Over Your Fear of Taking a Career Risk
Photo of uncertain path courtesy of Tom Butler.
About The Author
Before joining The Muse, Sarah worked in social business innovation for Virgin Unite in London, strategy and innovation at Market Gravity, sustainability research in the Dominican Republic, and business development for a NYC startup. Wrapping up her time at Columbia University, she’s headed to McKinsey & Company after graduation. Say hi on Twitter @sarahlichang.