Byron's Babbles

What I Know For Certain

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on July 31, 2021

I have come to realize that most self-doubt and uncertainty can be traced back to some subtle ways of thinking about things. One of which consists of self-talk that starts something like “I don’t know..” This, I’ve found is a horrible focal point, one that I like to overwrite when I can. Here’s how to do that. Get out a pen and paper, start a new document, begin writing: What I know for certain. Don’t focus on what you don’t know. Focus on what you do know. I got to reflecting on all this when I read “Knowing what you don’t want is just as useful as knowing what you want, maybe more” in the book, Great Circle, by Maggie Shipstead. So when we’re considering what we know for certain, we need to consider what we don’t want along with what we want.

Knowing what we don’t want along with what we want will help us when trying things and not analyzing ourselves into inaction. The key is to knowing if the action we’re taking is aligned with what you know for certain. By focusing on what we know for certain, we’ll be inadvertently writing a story on how we eventually figure out what we want. It will be an amazing story to tell with twists and turns, great times and times of trial. There are so many things we can try, so let’s make the list manageable by looking at what we don’t want right along with what we want. This will help us get to what we know for certain.


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