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Once in a while you’ve got to kick yourself to get motivated in these times full of uncertainty, unpredictability, complexity and chaos. So this is my personal tough talk to myself as I left the house this Tuesday morning as I made my hour plus commute to the city.

Hey Bob,

Today’s the day to get off your laurels and do something different. Stop putting things off just because you are unsure where things will go. Who really knows what this uncertainty will bring us? No experts are right all the time. They don’t know you. You know yourself and you will be just fine. Trust in yourself. But don’t wait around. Take action.

Yes, there is more uncertainty. Accept it and get over it. Life is unpredictable. When was it predictable? Business is more complex and faster than ever. So what? Doesn’t competition make business better?

This is your time. The best time to be alive. History has demonstrated that at the edge of chaos is when the best things happen. Because that is where everything is fluid, not settled and malleable. This is the best time to take action. Nothing is written in stone. A kid with internet access sitting somewhere in the world will be creating the next billion dollar business. He doesn’t know any better. No one owes him anything. He’s not whining. He is embracing the chaos.

Why can’t that be you? What excuse is stopping you?

Yes, I know you feel like you’re living in a world of chaos with uncertainty and worry everywhere. And people tell you that in these times you should keep your head down and stay put. They’re probably wrong. Staying put may or may not work out. How do you know they are right?

Don’t the best things happen by luck, chance and in times of confusion and chaos? But luck and chance only favor those who get out of the house and say YES to new things. You’ll miss 100% of the shots you never take.

Haven’t the best things in your life happened to you when you were open to new things? When you expected nothing and were happy just to be alive? When you were ecstatic just to have clear purpose? No….not you. Now, you’ve become picky and need to have it just perfect. Stop whining and be grateful that you have what you have. Be grateful you live in a country that is the greatest on earth. Where anything is still possible.

Don’t worry too much. Ignore the politicians. They will never agree on anything. Does anything they do really impact your life? Really? Ignore them.

Listen to yourself. You know that in a world of chaos, you have to embrace the chaos. Doing so will make you more adaptable so that you can learn to live with it, not find a cure for it. It’s just life, it’s tough. It is what it is. Who said life was easy? Ups and downs will always be there. Hustle in the downs and be grateful for the ups.

Have faith. You may not be able to control the outside world but you can control how you look at it and the actions you take. You have a choice. To either let the uncertainty get to you or to embrace it. You’ve seen this movie before. You have had tough times growing up. You used to know how to deal with the uncertainty in life. You need to rediscover it and bring that back. You’ve been through tougher times than the ones we’re living in today. You can do it. Bring it on.

One last thing – do one NEW thing today. Just one thing. You never know…it might just put you in a place of luck.

Have a good day!


By Bob Miglani

Bob Miglani is the Author of the Washington Post Bestseller, Embrace the Chaos, which is about learning to move forward in times of change, uncertainty and disruption. He grew up running his family's Dairy Queen store, the subject of his first book, Treat Your Customers. He worked in corporate America for 23 years. Left to pursue a life of passion working in a startup, writing, motivational speaking and learning how to live a life of contribution.

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