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4 Powerful Ways To Stay Confident During Uncertain Times

Life is full of surprises.

Sometimes these surprises are pleasant and other times we can’t help but feel a little anxious about what the future holds.

Which brings us to the importance of feeling confident, secure, and powerful — even in the face of uncertainty.

Because no matter who you are, what you do for a living, or where you live, you’re always going to face moments of uncertainty (unless you’re psychic and can tell the future, of course). But seriously, these moments of uncertainty might happen in any aspect of your life: at work, in business, or in your relationships, for instance.

And often, what differentiates super-successful and happy people from those who are ridden with anxiety and depression is the ability to sustain power and confidence, even in the face of uncertainty.

So here are 4 ways to stay confident, courageous, and happy, even when you’re not quite sure exactly how your desired projects – in love, work, and life – will play out in the short term:

# 1 – Stay Rationally Optimistic.

When we humans think and feel rationally positive, our brains actually perform better. That’s because positive mental states produce higher levels of creativity, productivity, and performance.

Which means: if you’re ever unsure about a project’s progress or future outcome, staying rationally positive (not delusional and positive) might just foster the precise creative insight you need to ensure your ultimate success. Not to mention that it’s a total confidence booster in moments of uncertainty (and rightfully so)!

# 2 – Define Your Plans A, B, C, and D.

Any time you’re going for a goal in life, it’s good to map out several potential paths to get there. This way you know you’ll somehow arrive at your desired point.

Many times having only one potential path toward a goal can leave us anxious or nervous about that path. After all, what if it doesn’t happen as expected?! But imagine how confident you’d feel if you knew that you had also mapped out several other paths toward that same outcome? Then you could put your ALL into plans A, B, C, and D…in full knowing that you’ll arrive.

# 3 – Realize Once And For All: It’s All Good.

How many times has something happened that looked “bad” at the time and then later when you looked back on it you were thrilled that things turned out the way they did? It’s time to realize once and for all that this universe or world supports you and wants you to succeed!

The truth is that many times we simply don’t know the best way to achieve our desired outcomes, so we get angry or sad when things don’t work out the way we think they should…only to later realize that it all worked out for our own happiness, joy, success, and benefit. We just didn’t really know any better at the time…we didn’t realize we should be celebrating!

Now imagine how confident you’d feel in ‘uncertain moments’ if you just went with the flow because you ‘spiritually’ knew that everything was actually working in your favor…even if it didn’t seem entirely obvious to you at that particular moment in time…Now THAT’S freedom!

# 4 – Do Your Best – Don’t Stress The Rest.

One of the best ways to stay confident in the face of uncertainty is simply to be secure in knowing that you’ve done your best and finally learn to let go of the things you can’t control.

One of the biggest mistakes so many people make is that they give it their all at work, in love, or in anything they think is important – and then they fully STRESS until they know for sure whether their end results will come through as they want them to. (Think school applications, business deals, you name it…it never ends).

Solution: when the ball is in your court play your best game, but once it’s in someone else’s court, be cool and stress-free. Refer to # 3 above if you need to!

What are some ways you’ve stayed confident in the face of uncertainty? Do you have personal experiences that resonate with this post? Share in the comments below!

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About the authors: Cece Suwal and Mark Brener are coauthors of the national bestseller, A Guide To Your Supreme Power and cofounders of The One World Initiative, where you can discover your path to money, love, power, success, life purpose, and meaning. Get 4 Free Powerful Success Secrets that show you how to take control of your life and be honestly happier.

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  • Sandral88

    Awesome reminder

  • http://globaloneonline.blogspot.se/ Lars Andersson

    That’s right sir some time  life give us those surprises in which we did not understand but we can do But the factors those are needed in that time you will show in that post thanks for this post keep writing sir.

  • Jim McFarland

    Hey CeCe and Mark!  I definitely agree that we need to ensure our success with multiple, redundant paths to that desired outcome…

    But I take a slightly different approach: I work with a lot of clear, detailed visualization, together with consistent disciplined action and bolstered by a focused ‘proven’ method or strategy to “get there”, but…

    I also try to allow some wiggle room for “Magic” to happen!  If we look back on our many of our previous successes,  we may not even now exactly how we got there, but we do know that it was definitely a clear intention or goal to arrive at that outcome, right?

    So, by doing all that is ‘rationally’ possible, being really thorough, as well as clear with my goal and desired outcome, then, I can let go to a degree, and let the currents of life work out the details for me- IF I leave alittle room for the unexpected, unplanned, sometimes absolutely miraculous ‘twists’ to happen.  I think that it’s really interesting that letting go, is such a big part of ‘making it happen!’ It IS all good!

    At least that’s my take on it! ; ) 

    -Jim McFarland, DirtyNoisyEnlightenment.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Brener-Cecil-Suwal/100001609061071 Mark Brener Cecil Suwal

      Jim – I completely agree that as much as we map out in life nothing ever comes into being without a little “magic”…and really the “magical” things are lawfully driven elements which we do not yet understand!

  • http://www.international-coaching-news.net/ Shariza Signe

    There are a lot of times when I’ve felt uncertain about an email that I should send or an article to submit. As an editor, it’s important that I know how and what to write in my emails and articles. But sometimes, I become really unsure of what to say. What I usually do is move away from my desk, close my eyes and breathe deep. It clears my mind and before I know it, lots of ideas pour in – “google-ing” keeps me positive most of the time. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Brener-Cecil-Suwal/100001609061071 Mark Brener Cecil Suwal

      Absolutely! Everyone experiences uncertainty at times right Shariza! The key is to remain confident when the inevitable uncertainty creeps in! Google away lol. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.braithwaite Keith Braithwaite

    Great post. I particularly like the ‘Do Your Best’ point. I have found many times that if things go awry, as long as I feel I have done my best, I am happy with the outcome. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Brener-Cecil-Suwal/100001609061071 Mark Brener Cecil Suwal

      True…after all once you’ve done your best, what more can you do? (BESIDES just worry…)?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

    Cece & Mark, thanks for this post. More than ever, people need this! As a coach, the most important part for me is that people are grounded, firm in their own identity. When we’re certain of who we are, life’s storms will hit us from time to time, but they cannot stop us when we’re solid. Luke 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Brener-Cecil-Suwal/100001609061071 Mark Brener Cecil Suwal

      Agreed. I read yesterday that a great sailor is made during the ocean’s stormiest moments.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Havard-Coaching/100002853088685 Luke Havard Coaching

        Like it! Some of my darkest days, have equipped me for my greatest moments. When you can bounce back from the death blows, the daily ups and downs are like eating cup cakes, LOL! 

  • Stacy Yurk

    Great rules not only for time of uncertainty, but for life in general! Thanks a lot, I really like the article.

  • http://positivemindwealth.com/ James

    Number 4 is spot on for me, do your best then let it go and move on :)

  • Jabbo49

     ”Now
    imagine how confident you’d feel in ‘uncertain moments’ if you just
    went with the flow because you ‘spiritually’ knew that everything was
    actually working in your favor”….I’m sure this is just how Daniel
    Pearl felt as those motherfuckers where cutin’ off his head!….Now
    THAT’S freedom!….NOT!!!…dickheads!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Brener-Cecil-Suwal/100001609061071 Mark Brener Cecil Suwal

      Jabbo…we totally hear you. Sometimes the words that are right for one situation are not right for another. Based on what you mentioned you might want to have a look at this post here: http://www.gethappinesspowerloveandsuccess.com/
      We welcome your feedback as always.

  • Hassan

    Nice post,life always hands us something unpredictable.It’s up to us to make the best of it.

  • Lilly_rose91

     sir i am big fan of ur all posts thankx alott these are realli boosting up our confidence!!

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