Fear and uncertainty may make you feel pressured, anxious, and helpless over your life's course. It may emotionally deplete you and imprison you in a downward cycle of countless "what-ifs" and worst-case scenarios about what tomorrow may bring. We all have various tolerances for ambiguity in life. Some of us are able to function very well with a lot of uncertainty and others cannot.
When you don't know what will happen, it's natural to be afraid. You can't predict death, illness, or any other disaster that can take someone away from you. You can only hope for the best and prepare for the worst. This way you won't be caught off guard when something does happen to them or you. You will be ready.
Sometimes we feel uncertain about things that aren't really dangerous or threatening at all. For example, if I asked you what is certain in life, you would say: death, taxes, and breaking up with people you love. All three of these things are completely safe, but they're also inevitable. Because of this, they don't cause much anxiety for most people.
The thing is, uncertainty doesn't just apply to big problems. It applies to small things too. What if I tell you that there is a chance you will get sick tomorrow?
Uncertainty is an inherent element of life, yet it causes dangerous amounts of stress in many people. The good news is that there are some things you can do to improve your ability to deal with uncertainty.
It is impossible to predict what will happen in life, which means that we can never be sure how any given situation will turn out. This is as it should be; nothing can be predicted with certainty because some things are simply beyond our control. For example, we cannot know how a court will decide a case or whether someone will fall in love with us. These are examples of unpredictable events. There are also certain events that we can predict, such as when a plane will crash or a tree will fall on a house. These are called predictable events. Predictable events give us time to prepare ourselves for them by putting safety measures in place or moving items away from the path they might take.
When something unexpected happens, we can feel shocked, frightened, or betrayed. This is natural reaction to uncertainty. Yet this response can put us in danger if we stop functioning normally because of it. For example, if you feel anxious about a meeting with the president, then you should try to attend the meeting even if you think that he or she might want to fire you.
Uncertainty, like any other danger, will elicit unpleasant feelings. We don't want to feel these feelings, therefore our first reaction is usually to try to suppress them. Aside from unpleasant feelings like worry or tension, another item related with ambiguity is a threat to oneself. If you believe that you may be harmed by something, it is natural to want to do something about it.
Ambiguity is also related to fear. Fear of the unknown leads to fear of loss when you face decisions, so avoiding risk is one way to avoid fear. Also, there are two types of fear, physiological and emotional. Physiological fear is what keeps you alive every day by making you run away from danger. Emotional fear is when you feel afraid in response to something that isn't physically dangerous. For example, if you're afraid of spiders, even though they may not be physically harmful.
Spiders cause emotional fear because we associate them with pain. When you see a spider, your body reacts by releasing hormones that make you feel uncomfortable. This is physiological fear. However, emotional fear comes into play when you think about spiders; being afraid of them becomes inevitable.
So, ambiguity and uncertainty can lead to fear, which can lead to anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of unease or worry that stays long after the cause for concern has been resolved.
Feelings of doubt, like many other roadblocks in our lives and relationships, are often founded in fear—the fear of loss and heartache, the fear of losing our independence, and, most commonly, the dread of the unknown. Doubt is an unpleasant sensation that occurs when we question whether something is true or not true. It can also be described as a feeling of uncertainty.
When it comes to love and marriage, doubt can arise for several reasons. Sometimes we may wonder if our partner is cheating on us. Other times we may worry that they will one day leave us for someone else. Fear of the future or fear of loss can lead to doubt being planted in our minds. It is important to understand that doubt is just another emotion that we experience when involved with or thinking about a loved one.
Fear can sometimes cause us to take actions we might otherwise avoid. For example, if you're afraid of losing your job, this could cause you to apply for many different positions in order to keep them all the time. This could in turn affect how others view you since you would be seen as looking out for number one instead of working together to find a solution that is best for you and those around you.
The more we think about doubt, the more it will influence our behavior.
7. Fear helps you focus and stay in the current moment. Thinking about the uncertain conclusion of something might be frightening. If you're scared or apprehensive about it—in other words, fearful—you might use that anxiety to focus on the work or planning that has to be done. Without fear, you wouldn't pay attention; you'd either do nothing or do something very foolish.
Fear is a natural reaction to danger. It keeps us alive by making us stop and think before we act. Without fear, there would be no need for caution or thoughtfulness. We would just do what we wanted to without giving it much consideration.
The ability to feel fear and still go ahead with something requires courage. It shows that you are not afraid of what might happen if you try something new. You are aware of the dangers but they don't scare you.
People sometimes use the word "fearless" as a compliment, meaning someone who isn't afraid to try new things or go after their dreams. But the term has other meanings as well. It can also mean someone who doesn't feel fear at all times; instead, they find ways deal with it or avoid it entirely.
For example, a fearless person might choose to jump off of a cliff rather than worry about how it will affect their skin or their bones.