A smart woman once told me, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” How simple, true and scary is that?? I don’t know what I don’t know? What don’t I know? I don’t know! Oh lord, that got confusing quickly.
Here are somethings you don’t know:
- What’s going to happen tomorrow?
- Why “they” said or did whatever “they” said or did?
- Will the market ever recover?
- Will China take over the world?
- How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
See what I mean? That’s just a small sample. But here’s the big secret: You don’t NEED to know any of that stuff. Because it is unknown to you, it should not carry as much weight as it sometimes does. I know, the woodchuck conundrum has been baffling us since grade school, but it might be time to let it go.
If something crosses your mind and you start to worry about it, do a quick check. Why is this worrying me so much? Is there something I can do about it right now that will alleviate my anxiety? Does this affect more people than just me?
If you can’t answer all three of those questions, then it’s time to push that fear away and say, “Hey, this shouldn’t bother me. I may not be certain about its meaning, but there’s no reason for me to stop progressing fully with my life because of it.”
If there is a reason that this “unknown” is worrying you, then Examine that Glass and figure out what small steps need to be taken to get rid of that worry. Then START TAKING THOSE STEPS. Planning is only as good as its execution. If this “unknown” is affecting other people, then recruit their help. There is no reason one should stand alone when support is readily available.
So, what do you take away from this today? You don’t know what you don’t know, so stop worrying about it. If it is something to worry about, you will know more about it. Easy logic, not so easy implementation.
But here’s something I know. You can do it! That’s a fact!