Penny, from Kin Women speaks into her experiences with Unknown, Uncertainty and its Discomfort .
“Feeling some discomfort in the unknown is quite normal – we just don’t want to get stuck here.”
It’s the unknown that makes me feel uncomfortable. Perhaps when I am considering doing something new; going into a fresh environment, taking on a new work challenge, taking a business step, making a significant relational or partnership choice.
Call me a control freak! Somehow I don’t think I’m on my own here!
I feel the discomfort with the unknown because all those emotions of fear, uncertainty and doubt are knocking at my door. Michael Hyatt (leadership mentor and author) calls them the Welcoming Committee of the discomfort zone.
What helps us when we are faced with the welcoming committee of fear, uncertainty and doubt?
What has helped me when I am faced with this Welcoming Committee of fear, uncertainty and doubt are recognising them; (Oh – you guys!) and remembering a few things:
Firstly, it’s quite normal to have these emotions – it’s what makes us human.
Secondly, it validates the importance of what is happening. These emotions rising to the surface are telling me that it is a significant time.
Thirdly, it means I care about what is happening – and that’s important to me.
So, I don’t fight them, that’s a time waster.
I’m expecting these emotions. I acknowledge them, and then use them to discuss, to plan and reframe my thinking so I can move forward.
Let’s remember that feeling some discomfort in the unknown is quite normal – we just don’t want to get stuck here.