Nothing is easy about right now. You want to dream really big, but the amount of unknown is daunting. You want to keep moving forward, but the amount you’re moving through is overwhelming. All of us are in a constant state of transition. It’s hard. Hard to acclimate to. Hard to plan for. Hard to stay inspired and creative when so many days feel like survival.
This time has forced us to not know. Which…I personally have had a hard time accepting. I don’t know what a few months from now looks like, much less what to do next week. I don’t know what decision to make because I’ve never been here before. I don’t know how to do that online system because I’ve never had to. I don’t know what people need from me because they’ve never lived during times like these either. So, if I don’t know…what am I supposed to do next?
Not knowing doesn’t actually mean that you (or I) don’t know how to move forward. It just means that we have to go back to the basics. We’ve got to go back to a place of discomfort. We’ve got to go all the way back to not knowing…to being a beginner.
In my weekly Listening Hour, an attendee mentioned she feels like these times have forced her to take on a beginner’s mindset. To which I said AWOMEN because that’s exactly what’s going on right now that has made things hard for us. We’re beginners again. At a lot of things. And even if we’re not, we’re being asked to think like we are. We are all, collectively, people that are just starting at this new world. We’re just beginning to learn what is here, how to navigate it, and what it needs from us.
Even if much of what we’re doing is the same, everything around us is different. Maybe we’re working under totally new conditions, maybe we’re not working at all. How we socialize has changed. How we consume things has changed. Much of what we accepted we no longer accept. Many of the decisions we made to orient our lives no longer apply.
We’re all beginners at our own lives again. Which is radically beautiful. It allows us to not take things for granted. It gives us the power of a fresh perspective. In some cases it gives us a clean slate. We get to decide if we accept and relish in that, or if we resist. There’s a power in not knowing, if we choose to see it that way.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty in your own life, ask yourself:
What would I do if…it was OK to NOT know?
See what type of solutions you create. See if you can let go of your old ways and your old thinking. See what new normal you’re willing to pursue. You don’t have to know. It is OK to not have all the answers. And if anything, the more you accept your not knowing, the easier it’ll be to move forward.
Moving forward is an asset. One foot…in front of the other. Over and over and over again. The more you show up to your life – to your projects, to your situations, to your work, to your growth – with the willingness to not know, the more you’ll evolve. We have so much to learn and to grow from if we stay open, stay humble, and keep moving forward with a beginner’s mindset. Not knowing and all.