Uncertainty was written by Jonathan Fields who I listen to often as part of the Good Life Project podcast. When I’m feeling uneasy and anxious, I love to listen to his steady voice talk with interesting people about what it takes to live a good life. I’ve also been on the edge of making a big decision for work so I thought maybe this book could help me lean into the unknown in a more comfortable way. Becca was along for the ride on this one. Here’s what we thought!
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B: 3. Uncertainty got off to a slow start for me. I did struggle with some of the concepts as they seemed specific to people that also didn’t have a 9 to 5 job, but in the second half of the book he shared more specifics that I think I can relate to my specific situation.
T: 4. It was a pretty easy read and a topic I really appreciate hearing about since it’s so difficult for me. My type A planner self wants everything completely planned out and life just isn’t like that.
What is one word that describes how you felt after reading Uncertainty?
B: Curious. Some of the ideas shared in this book I think would help me better respond to uncertainty and see it as an opportunity rather than something to run from. I plan to try some of his ideas, such as meditation and building a morning routine, in the next few months.
T: Ready. Within a few days of reading this book, I had a really difficult work conversation that I knew would open me up to having to accept uncertainty for what the future looked like. I had been mulling this over for a long time and I decided now was the time.
What is one thing that you will take away from Uncertainty?
B: At the moment I feel I am in the midst of quite a bit of uncertainty and transition, so this quote really spoke to me: “Reframing literally changes the way your brain processes the experience, sampling down the fear and anxiety that might come as an automatic response to uncertainty, risk and exposure to judgement.” I am a terribly positive individual, but sometimes I can start a negative spiral in my own head about a decision I made or a risk I took when the outcome is uncertain. I basically start to second guess myself out of fear, which is something I’ll be working on, as in all honesty so much of life is uncertain I need to get more used to it!
T: I really liked this quote, “When you run from uncertainty, you end up running from life. From evolution. From growth. From wisdom. From friendship.” I am incredibly conservative when it comes to making big decisions so I plan to keep reminding myself of this when I hesitate to move forward on something I know in my heart is right.
Anyone else read Uncertainty? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment below.