A couple days ago I wrote a post about the value of uncertainty. Here's a great article on the Idea Champions site (found via Innovation Weblog) that echoes that idea. I love the way they describe confusion.
There is no need to fight confusion. Let it be. It's a stage you must pass through on your road to creation. Fighting confusion only makes it worse - like trying to clean a dirty pond by poking at it with a stick. And, besides, even while your conscious mind is telling you you're confused, your subconscious mind is processing a mile a minute to come up with some pretty amazing solutions. In the shower. While your exercising. Driving home from work. Even in your dreams.
I love the imagery of trying to clean a dirty pond by poking at it with a stick.
I see that all the time in my work with clients helping them find passion in their careers. The people who are able to get the most out of the process are the ones who are able to embrace the uncertainty, do the work, and let it unfold. By not trying to force clarity, they are better equipped to find it.
When people start fixating on finding "the answer" as quickly as possible, they often get in their own way. The fact that they don't have the answer yet becomes a source of stress, and that becomes an irritant that prevents them from being as open to where the journey might go. They end up stirring up the pond with that stick.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM