Decide

Unwillingness to face uncertainty kills decision making. And vitality.

Three variations on a theme: thinking tools to decide.

Hagakure:

When meeting calamities or difficult situations, it is not enough to simply say that one is not at all flustered. When meeting difficult situations, one should dash forward bravely and with joy. It is the crossing of a single barrier and is like the saying, “The more the water, the higher the boat.”

1/ “What if this situation were *meant* to be an adventure?” – Reorientation: avoiding risk → joy in risk.

2/ When we do something that might not work, we’re on the hero’s journey. “What stage of the hero’s journey am I at?” – Orients self in this fundamental narrative with a before and an after, creating some sense of stability: a tracking for the emotional internal path.

3/ “Am I trying to solve for 100% certainty – i.e. to escape uncertainty – or to develop a hypothesis and test it?” You are CHOOSING to feel uncertain. See this.