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Guest Post: Moving from Idea to Action

Uncertainty is uncomfortable. Can you get rid of it? Probably not, but there are a few steps you can take to live with it, even thrive with it.

You can never be sure of what’s going to happen. That’s part of what makes life so great, and so scary.

It all depends on which side of the fence you stand. I personally don’t deal with uncertainty well, but I’ve learned that the following five steps really help.

1. Action

There’s something about taking action that blasts through any uncertainty. Even if you don’t feel confident about what you are doing – or where you are headed – you can still take action, and end up where you need to be.

You probably want certainty – and I do, too – but for most of our lives we will be uncertain, confused, and even overwhelmed. It’s just a fact of life, and the sooner we learn to live with it, the smoother life will be.

2. Mentor

I’m lucky in a way, because Henri (my boyfriend) has helped me get started online throughout the last few years.

While I don’t make huge sums of money, I do make a small amount each and every month. During this experience, I’ve grown a lot as a person.

I would never have been able to do this if I didn’t have someone to help me out. I’m not always the most confident person.

3. Acceptance

Uncertainty is not a pleasant feeling, but something magical happens you accept what’s inside you. It’s kind of like when you’re having a bad dream and a monster is chasing you; once you turn around and face the monster, it disappears.

Bad feelings are usually like that. They are trying to tell you something, and until you look, they won’t go away.

Next time you feel sad, angry, uncertain, or even frustrated, try accepting the feeling and just being with it. Become curious about what it feels like, where it is, and how it moves.

You might be surprised ;)

4. Perspective

I often feel uncertain about my writing skills and whether or not I will make money with whatever I am doing.

Even though Henri assures me, I’m still uncertain, and it can be paralyzing. Sometimes a shift in perspective helps me tremendously.

What I mean by that is that instead of thinking about my writing and where I am going, I can think about how my writing is helping people, even though it isn’t perfect, and I can think about that even if I fail, I will learn.

5. Journaling

It can be hard to grapple with something that is in your mind, which is why I recommend you write it down, either on your computer, or the old-school way: with pen and paper.

Don’t censor yourself when you’re writing everything down. Think about what you’re feeling uncertain about, and then look at whatever comes up. It may be fear, frustration, or just impatience.

Be You

In the end it all comes down to being comfortable with who you are, where you are, and where you will end up.

It can feel better to control everything that happens in your life, but trust me, it isn’t.

Be where you are fully, and take everything one step at a time.

This was a guest post by Ingela Johansson. When she doesn’t share life lessons, you can find her at her blog, Best Natural Skin Care, where you will find articles ranging from natural skin care tips to how to get rid of acne.

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