Learn to embrace uncertainty

One of the great gifts bequeathed to us by our evolutionary development is the ability to predict – to make assumptions based upon past experience – which allows us to prepare for what will happen in a variety of situations. We make assumptions to save time and to reduce uncertainty, in this they are useful. But we need to distinguish where there is uncertainty that implies real risk, and the sort that just makes us feel uncomfortable. Lower levels of tolerance for uncertainty can make us risk averse, overly worried, and tend to draw conclusions prematurely.