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28 FEBRUARY 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource® Uncertainty ~ Managing the Future Part 2 by Tim Connor Waiting- Ever had to wait for a call from your doctor with the results of a biopsy? How about a decision from a potential new employer where you have applied for the job of a lifetime? Or a client who is considering making the biggest purchase in your career history of one of your products? Or how about little ones - a retuned call from a potential new date candidate for a possible relationship? Or, just an email or text response from one of your kids? This list of things we wait for is endless, and I will guarantee as you are reading this article, you are waiting for something from someone or something. A basic fundamental of the character of uncertainty is no one knows - when, where, how, if, whether, etc. All we can do is hope, dream, pray, and yes, wait. There are two kinds of waiting. One is with wisdom, intelligence, and maturity - and the other is with pride, arrogance, ego, or impatience. Which tends to be your approach? The outcomes to both are significantly different. Waiting with wisdom or intelligence is grounded in knowledge, experience, accurate information, and common sense. Waiting with the other approach leads to stress, resentment, blame, anger, regret, and disappointment. Yes, sometimes there are actions we can take while we wait, and other times all we can do is just wait. Trust me, I understand the concept of waiting. After speaking in 25 countries and I only speak English, I have had to wait for a lot of things and didn’t even know what I was waiting for or why. Been there? Keep in mind - you can’t control the weather, stock market, others’ behavior, traffic behind you, or in front of you, need I go on? One thing I have noticed about mature people is their ability to wait when they can’t control stuff. One of my life mantras is simply: “I will not let your behavior determine my behavior.” Is this always easy - no way. When I am traveling the speed limit and someone behind me is on my tail beeping at me and flashing their lights for me to go faster, it’s not always easy to just ignore them. Waiting style demonstrates a person’s maturity, common sense, wisdom, and intelligence. Acting- the last of the three options. There are four elements involved in acting: how, when, who, and where. For example, let’s say you were just laid off from your position - your spouse doesn’t work, you have three kids. a lot of bills, and the economy is sucking wind. I know I have been there, twice. No one is hiring, you have limited special skills, and limited cash to promote yourself. So, the four elements mentioned above. jHow- You have to earn some cash so the kids don’t starve. Part-time job, two part-time jobs, reach out to family or friends, file bankruptcy, sell your house, take a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant, live on unemployment as long as it lasts - the options are limited or unlimited depending on your definition of your circumstances. And your definition will determine how you respond. The answer - spend a few hours every month reading, learning, growing in important life areas - and I’m not talking here about survival tactics, but just “life stuff” like improving skills in communication, emotional maturity, negotiation, money management, etc. j When - Do you have time to wait, reflect, consider, or do you need to do something now? The when will determine how you handle the “how”. The answer - read the book The Power of Patience by Ryan. j Where - This one can vary depending on the circumstances - where you live, work, play, where you do anything or everything. The answer -if you live in the city, now and then take road trips into the suburbs or the country to get familiar with different areas. Once a year, I take a weeklong road trip to a new area within 500 miles of where I live. If you live in the country, now and then spend a weekend in the city. Why? To get rid of any fears about areas you are unfamiliar with. jWho- This one depends on your relationships with family, friends, neighbors, fellow workers, customers, employees, etc. If you have people you can count on or ask for help, guidance, etc., consider yourself fortunate as many people lack these resources and have to go through uncertainty and challenges alone - again I’m not preaching to the choir - I’ve been there. Sometimes, even if you have these resources, you might be unable to ask for help for any number of reasons. The answer - spend time developing relationships with people you can count on if you ever need help, support, or guidance in the future. Find ways to be of value and service to others who may some day come to you for help. Well, that’s it - during uncertain times, and I am familiar with them having been through four recessions during my speaking career, you can: give in, point the finger, whine, blame - or learn, grow, change, adapt, and win. It’s a choice. In His service, Tim Tim Connor may be contacted via e-mail to New & Used Tricones PDCs Drag & Claw Bits Drill Collars Bit Tipping Subs & Stabilizers HDD Bits & Reamers DTH Hammer & Bits Custom Fabrication Junk Mills / Fishing Tools Rod Henderson 661-201-6259 Eran Henderson 661-330-0790