Many people want to move forward, but they are worried about making the next step. They are concerned that they will make a mistake. Or look foolish. Or both. But the only way to move forward is to be willing to walk out in faith and take that next step.
In professional life, there is always the chasm between where you are and where you want to go. And there is so much uncertainty between the start and the finish. But the only way you can get to where you want to go is to risk making a mistake. Or looking foolish. Or both.
Here is the process to implement if you are to embrace uncertainty and become comfortable with taking the next step.
1. Choose wisely (but make a choice)
It’s important to collect all the information you can before making a significant decision. But after you get all the input you can, you have to make a choice.
Getting stuck at the moment of decision will hold you back. Trying to make the perfect decision will prevent you from making a decision.
Don’t be afraid of the next step. Weigh your options and make your choice.
2. Accept the outcome
Too often people can be afraid to make a wrong choice. But that’s part of the process. Making mistakes is how humans learn. The key is to accept the outcome.
Don’t waste valuable time beating yourself up over a wrong decision. Applaud yourself for making the decision. See it as the courageous move that it is. And retool based on what you now know.
Even if you’re not sure about the next step, don’t let the uncertainty stop you.
3. Move forward
Even when you make a wrong decision, just keep moving. As Henry Ford said, “failure is the ability to begin again—this time more intelligently.”
By doing all you can to make a good decision and then deal with the outcome, you will be more prepared to move forward, regardless of what happens. Make a mind shift to switch gears and go forward.
You can learn to survive and thrive in the midst of uncertainty, as long as you resolve to keep going—and keep taking that next step.
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