“The point of planning isn’t to know exactly what to do. The point of planning is to delude yourself into thinking you know what you’re doing just long enough for you to actually get off your ass and do something.” — from a tweet by Mark Manson
In my experience, we are not scared of change. Most people don’t mind change, actually. What we are scared is the uncertainty that often comes with change. Not knowing what is waiting for us on the other side of change can be frightening. The human brain is a prediction machine, always assessing what’s going on around us to predict what will happen next. So, we don’t mind change. On the contrary, we may even welcome it. As long as we know where we are going.
For most of us, probable is better than possible.
Unfortunately, when we are trapped in this prediction game, we are unable to take the leaps forward that can really transform our lives and create abundance.
One of our strength, the ability to predict the future, becomes a limiting factor.
Yet, there is a way in which we can leverage our predictive mind so we can embrace change, even disruptive ones. We can plan or map out the way forward, enough to find the confidence to take the first step. You see, having a map is not a guarantee that we will get where we want. In the same way, having a plan doesn’t mean you’ll get what you want. But they both trick our mind into knowing what’s happening. Having a map, plan or strategy can silence fear for a while so we can find the confidence to begin.