How to Overcome Negative Emotions Caused by Uncertainty: Leap Year W42

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Welcome back to the Leap Year, where I share helpful tips on how you can finally take the “Leap” and pursue and discover what you are passionate about in the face of everyday challenges. I learned a strategy in W42 which helps you overcome the negative emotions caused by uncertainty.

Below is my original post:

I am now 10 weeks from the completion of my Leap Year process and I have to pinch myself in order to realize where I am today. I really had no idea if I could finish this process and where it would take me in W1, but am so grateful I have stuck with it and showed up every week to complete the weekly tasks.

Identifying a purpose to guide my actions, 40,000+ words written, and multiple strategies and other tools to overcome procrastination learnt are but a few of the many things that I have gained through this process.

The crazy thing is I have roughly two and a half months left to learn, modify, and gain more tools in order to help you with your Leap Year process. Furthermore, I am on pace to finish my first manuscript of the book.

I read a quote this week which really resonated with me by Jeff Goins. This quote encapsulates one of the most important things I have learned through my Leap Year process and actually has lead me to the formation of a new strategy called ACT.

I can accredit becoming a better writer in thanks to Jeff, as I learned the 3-buckets system strategy for writing from him.

Jeff offered another great piece of advice.

Clarity comes with action

At times, I have found myself asking myself “Now, what?” during my Leap Year process. I would get to a certain point where either I thought it would work out a different way or something else would have happened to let me know what to do next. However, there were many times where I was stumped and had no idea what to do next.

I have learned through my Leap Year process we all have two choices in these situations.

Option #1: Quit, as fear and doubt cripple you because you are not sure of what to do next.

Option #2: Take action.

For example, in W35 I had about 30,000 words in the book but did not have a theme which tied it all together. This sense of not knowing made me question myself daily and I had to decide whether to stop and say

“Hey, you tried at least, no shame in quitting now”


“Well I am not sure what happens next, but I am going to keep writing and trust I will figure it out.”

This idea of taking action in times of uncertainty is also validated by Dane Maxwell, the founder of The Foundation and self-made millionaire. He says

“…in any situation, have a bias towards action.”

You might not know exactly what to do, but always land on the side to take action, however small it might be.

Additionally, Tony Robbins has said

“The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.”

There will always be a level of uncertainty in whatever you do, so embrace it, and move past it by taking action.

Confucius said

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

Even if you do not know all the steps to take, take the first step. This will lead to the next one, and then the next one after that.

Lastly, know you will never progress if you do not take action. You do not need to know everything in order to start, the key is to just start and take that first step.