Defeating Uncertainty and Belief

Nothing is more uncertain than tomorrow. And for many of us this makes it very difficult to make decisions today. I often hear many people worrying aloud about what tomorrow will or won't bring. They live from day to day or week to week grabbing all the business that they can - worrying that it will soon run out.

"That was my last contract…I have no business waiting for me" is a common thought among those of us who may be just starting out, or whose businesses are not firmly established. What they fail to realize is that fear is what will stagnate their growth.

Our businesses growth depends upon our vision and our belief, not our hindsight and our fears. It is important to step out in faith and in fact walk a little faster towards our goals as soon as we feel that fear of uncertainty creeping into our thoughts. We must have faith that we will have business tomorrow, the next day and the next. Fear will paralyze us and keep us from seeing reality.

I myself have suffered form the fear of uncertainty. Expanding my business to a new town seemed riskier that I had imagined as soon as I arrived in town. I could have sat down and cried- and admittedly felt like it on several occasions. Instead I set out feverishly to open boxes, set up internet and get things up and running. I began to search out places to attend to network and even scheduled my first workshop. This gave me the opportunity to be pro-active instead of reacting to my fears. The rewards were almost immediate. That does not mean that I have completely eliminated doubt and fear, however, I did not choose to heed it.

In order to grow both personally and professionally we have to challenge ourselves constantly. If we experience and overcome the fear of uncertainty- one thing is certain and that is that we are growing. It may involve risk, but we must have faith that we can overcome the obstacles that we will encounter. We must believe that we can do it. However will we convince a client that we can take care of things if we cannot even convince ourselves? It all begins with belief.

If you are having difficulty with uncertainty and self belief or suffer from fears and cannot seem to take risks, here are a few tips:

Surround yourself with supportive people- their belief in you will rub off.

Take small risks to begin with and increase them as you become more comfortable.

Map out your future- be where you want to be in your mind instead of putting yourself in the place where you are trying to be somewhere.

Look fear and uncertainty in the face- what would be the worst thing that would happen if you failed- it can't be all that bad.

Nothing is more uncertain than tomorrow- but we go to bed each night knowing the sun will rise, and we will get up an begin our day. We believe it will happen, and it does. Try using this philosophy in your thinking about your business. Take some risks and watch it grow!

"One of the keys to effective communication and dispute resolution is understanding ourselves and how we think and also understanding how others are wired as well. Each of us has personality styles that are unique to ourselves - however there are also patterns as well. When you understand the differing personality styles and their blends - you begin to see people as they are with more understanding! For more information on understanding personality styles please contact Mandie at"

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Mandie Crawford is a marketing expert, business coach, trainer and motivational speaker who was recently awarded Calgary Business Woman of the Year for her contributions to the business community.

Mandie also has skills and expertise in providing high quality guidance in time management and system implementation for small a medium sized businesses. Her passion as a business and professional development coach is to helps women recognize their value and self worth.

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