The answer is 42.
According to Douglas Adams 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (one of my favourite books) this is the ultimate answer to the questions of life, the universe and everything.
Some answers right now can feel just as ambiguous. We're learning more about how to manage this crisis everyday.
Not having the answers is ok, nobody does.
Everything right now, is truly a 'what if'. What if the second wave comes in September? What if the insurance company fights us for payout? What if the car doesn't pass it's MOT? What if my child falls behind in their education?
Uncertainty triggers fear, and this great HBR article reminds us that, as managers and leaders our job is to project confidence and strength.
Give your 'what if's' a time limit in your mind. It can be a useful exercise to explore potential outcomes of disaster scenarios to help us feel mentally prepared with a plan of action.
However, giving these hypothetical scenarios too much bandwidth and they become vivid and fuel our anxiety cycle.
The trick is to find that balance of finding a solution to a potential problem, without allowing that potential problem to feel real.
Worrying about something that hasn't happened yet is one of our biggest anxiety inducers. In this blog we suggested creating 'worry parks' as a means of allowing this thinking space (there's a link to a planner in this blog that can help too!).