Note: This is a post from Adam Baker, founder of Man Vs. Debt.
Jonathan Fields’ new book Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance is being unleashed into the world!
In the video review above, I share my honest feelings about the book along with my two major takeaways from consuming it over the weekend
Uncertainty is something we all deal with.
Anytime we attempt a major life change, we face uncertainty. Anytime we attempt to solve a problem with creativity, we face uncertainty.
We all face uncertainty, but most of us go about this in the wrong way!
We attempt to eliminate uncertainty from our lives. We try to get to a point of absolutely certainty before we take action.
But if we wait around for a moment where we have complete certainty… we end up doing NOTHING!
Anything in life worth doing is going to involve massive levels of uncertainty.
If Jonathan has taught me only one thing, it’s that action in the face of uncertainty is the path to a fulfilling life. In fact, it’s a requirement of a fulfilling life.
Here’s a recap of my takeaways from Uncertainty:
- Major Takeaway #1: Our fear of being judged is keeping us from living the life that we know is possible. We must take concrete steps to counteract this. (Jonathan covers these early in the book.)
- Major Takeaway #2: 90% of the fear and doubt of a life change exists only in our heads. You’ll always have some uncertainty, but a few simple questions can dissolve the majority of it almost immediately. (This comes later in the book.)
Jonathan’s three questions (Chapter 9: Own The Story Line)…
My favorite part of the entire book happens in Chapter 9 towards the end.
Jonathan suggests that when we’re faced with any decision or major life change, we need to ask ourselves the following:
- Question 1: “What if I go to Zero?” — Write down the worst possible outcome of trying and failing. Be realistic, but be honest.
- Question 2: “What if I do nothing?” — Write everything that’ll stay the same if you take NO action to change.
- Question 3: “What if I succeed?” — Write down what would happen if you DID accomplish the change or shift in your life. Be as specific as possible.
Whether or not you can get your hands on a copy of Uncertainty, I challenge you to apply Jonathan’s 3 questions to a big decision or change in your own life.
Write down (on paper) your answers to each of the 3 questions.
For me, I didn’t even have to spend time looking at the answers. Just the process of writing down my answers immediately dissolved 90% of the fear and doubt I had attached to a recent decision.
It was almost all in my head!
Give the exercise a try – and I strongly recommend you grab a copy of Uncertainty and read it this weekend.
For more information check out Jonathan’s raw, inspiring book trailer…
It’s one of my top three books for anyone who has to creatively solve problems in business or life. And I’m guessing you probably fall into that category. 🙂
Jonathan Fields is a brilliant man.
Uncertainty is a brilliant book.
How do you currently deal with uncertainty in your life?