The spectrum of what you know or don’t know is bigger than you think, incorporating not just knowledge, but awareness, self-honesty, and incredible chaotic potential. Let’s claim more of what you know while contributing to your unknowable future.
Do you know what you know? And can you use the unknowable to your advantage?
The spectrum of what you know or don’t know is bigger than you think, incorporating not just knowledge, but awareness, self-honesty, and incredible chaotic potential for unknowable outcomes.
First, there’s what you know you know. You understand much of what is good and true, have skills you regularly use and practice, and a database of knowledge you’ve learned through study and experience. But there’s a lot you know that you may not yet realize: the unknown knowns, or perhaps unclaimed knowns.
Part of moving through uncertainty is trusting you are more ready and knowledgeable than you think. We are creatures of perception, adaptation, and pattern recognition on a subconscious level. But it takes a measure of confidence to access that information, which is why it so bothers me when people trash talk their intelligence or ability, negating potential and dismissing hard-earned knowledge.
The unknown also breaks into two categories. Known unknowns include contemplated issues and outcomes that have yet to play out – your ever present concerns about loved ones, money, society, global issues, your career, or other future projections. You can get excited and energized or make yourself physically and mentally ill obsessing about known unknowns.
Then there are unknown unknowns, which are future uncertainties you haven’t even considered and can’t yet imagine. That’s because they involve not just one level of uncertainty, this or that, but multiple unknowable factors that lead to other unknowable outcomes, compounded by technology, mathematical chaos, natural events, and human complexity.
You are incapable of knowing the precise future. Yet you’re a powerful contributor to its creation. Trust in what you know while pursuing what you don’t. Try things. Ask questions. Interrupt limiting patterns. Then stay tuned for the unknowable, knowing you played a part.
Until next week, stay Off Balance On Purpose.