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Published:March 8th, 2008 05:46 EST
Uncertainty is the One Thing That is For Certain

Uncertainty is the One Thing That is For Certain

By Simon Bailey (Mentor/Columnist)

There are millions of people in the United States nervous about the economy. The footsteps of an impending recession are being heard from Madison Avenue in New York City to Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles "from Wall Street to Your Street "from the water cooler to the boardroom.

As I travel around the country, I see in people`s faces that they are concerned about the future. In my sessions, participants are very careful about how they ask and respond to questions. They don`t want to say anything too controversial for fear their name will appear on the closely guarded RIF (reduction-in-force) list, if it even exists. Many are keeping their heads down at work, trying to stay below the radar. Why? Who wants to stand out in the midst of uncertainty and hyper-change (change on steroids)? Silently, they are whispering to themselves, I need my job. I have kids in college, bills to pay, things I want to accomplish. "

Organizations are also facing uncertainty. Many are dealing with market instability, unexpected budget cuts and hiring freezes. Some are just riding out the first quarter, waiting to see how things shake out. Several companies have a green light " (signs to go and grow) in their industries, but they have one foot on the brakes and the other on the accelerator as they cautiously roll through the intersection of future opportunity and possible recession.

Perhaps you are wondering just what you are to do in the midst of all this uncertainty.

Remember that this, too, shall pass "it didn`t come to stay. I have always been intrigued by this statement, so I looked it up on Wikipedia and found some fascinating information. In an address to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, WI, on September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln reportedly said:

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: And this, too, shall pass away. "

Is that just totally brilliant?! Let me be certain I give credit to Roy P. Basler who edited The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln and posted this entry.

I have to admit there are times when I am nervous and overanxious about business and life. Yes, even Simon T. Bailey is sometimes concerned about the future. However, I`m reminded that I have to live what I teach. I have to tell myself that this, too, shall pass "that change is our friend not our foe and that change is a brilliant opportunity to grow.

Allow me to also remind you, my Brilliant Carat readers, that you can take responsibility for how you respond to rumors, whispers and change. Many people in America are waiting for the other shoe to drop. It`s as if they can sense change is coming, but they can`t stop it. This type of thinking causes individuals to shift their performance into neutral instead of into drive. They play it safe instead of taking risks " do things right instead of doing the right things.

I am very sensitive to the fact that people are facing uncertainty both professionally and personally. I don`t want to minimize that. But I submit to you that just as with everything else in life, this, too, shall pass. The next time someone asks if you`ve heard about the recession, just tell them yes, but you decided not to participate! This is the mindset we must adopt in the midst of uncertainty.
Simon Believes "All change shall pass away.

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