CHALLENGES: merger, acquisition, new job, new boss, job offer
REACTIONS: uncertainty, fear, anxiety
RESEARCH: Psychologists view uncertainty as an uncomfortable lack of information (e.g., Hogg, 2000; Weary & Edwards, 1996).
We need information to feel in control (Berlyne, 1960; Imada & Nageishi, 1982; Inglis, 2000).
- Think back – before all the good things that have happened in your life – there was uncertainty. You have enough evidence to view uncertainty with cautious optimism.
- Don’t jump to conclusions – we tend to make assumptions based on limited information. The only thing worse than being uncertain and anxious, is being certain and wrong!
- Be careful who you listen to – Pessimists see disaster around every corner and anxiety is contagious. Simply refuse to be infected with someone else’s stress.
- Stay in the game – uncertainty can be paralyzing. Curiosity often turns into anxiety, and for what? Stay productive. Work your plan. Feelings of accomplishment will offset your unease.