|“While uncertainty must be present, especially in the early stages of a creative endeavor, our natural tendency is to run from and work to eliminate things that cause us pain. This leads us to short-circuit our ability to create genius in a number of ways. It may lead us to never start. It may make us push an endeavor forward too quickly because we can no longer handle not knowing how it’s going to work out. Or it may lead us to overquestion every potential action, thus slowing the process to a near halt.
The greatest threat that hinders us from achieving true creative genius in life is usually ourselves. Both in business and in personal areas of our lives.
Perhaps not on a conscious level. But subconsciously we may fear what may happen if we take a risk and fall on our faces.
- Will others ridicule us?
- Will we end up looking stupid? Embarrassed?
- Will friends and loved ones leave us?
- Will we end up broke, homeless, and with no way of changing our lives for the better.
- Or will we succeed beyond our wildest expectations – and ruin our lives in the process?
It is common to fear what taking a chance might cause to happen to us. Fear can be a protection. Especially if taking a chance turns out badly.
A Simple Change In Your Thinking Can Mean An End To Worry And Fear
We can harness fear. Jump in both feet forward. Consciously. And enjoy the process. No matter the outcome.
Where did I get this ‘crazy’ idea? Well, less than five minutes before sitting down to write this blog entry I had just finished reading Jonathan Fields’ Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance. Has it changed my life? Gosh, it’s has been all of five minutes that I finished reading. Give me some leeway here, please. Implementation of all I got out of this will take a few days :)
Still, the reading has changed my perspective in several areas of my own professional and personal life. In fact I’ve had an epiphany for one area of my own business I had clearly been overlooking. But I will share that for some other blog post.
The quote at the beginning of this post is a portion of the concluding comments from the Chapter Summaries of Jonathan Fields’ Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance.
What I Learned In Only 3 1/2 Hours
Jonathan’s book helps you discover how to accept uncertainty as a necessary part of the process of achieving brilliance. Not running from it. Not quite harnessing uncertainty. But effectively using fear and uncertainty to fuel your efforts and direct your actions as well as your mindset/viewpoint about dealing with ambiguity.
And the author outlines how to achieve ultimate performance from your mind and body, so you have the greatest likelihood of succeeding. Jonathan also helps you establish a recovery plan if despite all attempts to succeed, you don’t. As bad as that may sound, it isn’t. It really isn’t the end of the world. There’s always another of way of looking at things. Read the book to find out.
Really, if you are struggling to get started, financed, motivated or reach the next level in business or some creative area of your personal life, the author shares several real-world tips as well as web resources you may find helpful. Many of which I was totally unaware of. And I’ve been online since before the world wide web existed. Yeah, I’m one of those old fart BBS dudes who should have known of these resources sooner. [Thanks Jonathan]
What To Do Next
I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version as you work through reading the kindle edition or the hard copy.
I believe the time spent is well worth the six hours (three and a half if played at 2x) you set aside for listening and reading this gem of a resource. Those six hours may just change your life.
Grab the kindle edition online here: Jonathan Fields’ Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
And no, these links are not affiliate links. I really enjoyed this book and audible.com recording. So i recommend them to you. A word of warning though. Parts of the book are a bit new-agey. If that is not your thing you may choose to skip this one. But it is only a small area. So I recommend the book despite that.