The pattern of living and working in the midst of mystery, discovery, beauty, and innovation.
Don Welch (my grandfather), Every Mouth of Autumn Says Goodbye
John Finley via @JohnCMaxwell
J. K. Rowling via Jonathan Fields - Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
Jonathan Fields - Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
From the window at Bailey’s Range.
John Maynard Keynes in “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN”
Recently, I have been reading Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields (see my highlights here). The book is about converting the fear, doubt, and hardship of creating into something helpful. In Fields’ words:
One of the single greatest determinants of high-level success as an innovator or creator in any realm is the ability to manage and at times even seek out sustained high levels of uncertainty, bundled lovingly with risk of loss and exposure to criticism.
Fields notes that many of us have strong reactions of fear in the face of uncertainty— even to the point of emotional suffering. Not only that, but much of the suffering may not be circumstantial— it may be induced by ourselves.
…what so many creators experience as a withering ability to handle the anxiety, doubt, and uncertainty as a project nears completion may actually be self-induced rather than process-induced suffering.
If this fear-management problem is our very own self-made dilemma, what practices and self-leadership habits can help?
One of Fields suggestions that has resonated with me is called certainty rituals. These rituals will vary greatly from person to person, but the common theme is giving yourself elements in your creation time and your day that you can count on— especially when you are working to create something from nothing.
Below are the certainty rituals that I am going to start working into my life this week. I plan to check in with posts about how the integration is progressing.