As a coach and entrepreneur, I’ve been thinking a lot about the desire of guaranteed victory without the uncertainty of knowing whether something will work or fail. I believe this struggle is true for all people, but especially those in athletics.
So how do I deal with uncertainty?
First of all, I think it is incredibly important to understand that uncertainty is unavoidable. Every athlete, coach, nurse, parent, student and entrepreneur struggles with and is forced to deal with uncertainty. Knowing this relieves some of the burden.
Second, figure out what I can control. I can control my choices. Over time my choices become my habits and my habits become my identity. James Clear’s book Atomic Habits gave me some practical strategies to control my choices. I would encourage you to check it out.
Lastly, value the journey over the destination. This is way easier said than done. One of the ways I fight to maintain this perspective is by knowing Who, Why, How and What. Who I want to be. Why I want to be that type of person. How that type of person would live their life. What action I can take today to move me closer to my “Who”.
This, by no means, provides the ultimate answer for dealing with uncertainty, but I hope it gets your wheels turning. If this topic sparks your interest, I would encourage you to check out Josh Kaufman’s book How To Fight a Hydra.