Intolerance of uncertainty is like a psychological allergy to uncertainty. For some people who are more intolerant of uncertainty, all it takes is for there to be just a little bit of uncertainty in a situation and it can cause a big emotional reaction for that person – they get anxious, worried and overwhelmed. Whereas, for someone who is not intolerant of uncertainty, they can be in the exact same situation and not feel anxious at all. This video discusses how procrastination is a manifestation of intolerance of uncertainty. Procrastination is a common manifestation of intolerance of uncertainty because it’s essentially a variant of avoidance. If I avoid doing something right now because I’m afraid of the outcome, it gives me some certainty that the negative event is not happening in this moment. However, this comes at a great cost, because it makes you much less efficient and takes you a lot longer to complete tasks that you eventually need to get done. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to stop procrastinating as a way of overcoming intolerance of uncertainty and building tolerance for uncertainty. You do this in two ways: a) Creating tolerating uncertainty experiments in which you intentionally do what you have been procrastinating doing; and b) Taking advantage of naturally occurring opportunities to tolerate uncertainty by frequently reflecting on the following question, “If I were more tolerant of uncertainty, what would I do in this situation?” By building tolerance for uncertainty through eliminating these imaginary obstacles, you will find that you are a lot freer, less constrained and less anxious.
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