How many times do you say, “I don’t know”?
What do you want? “I don’t know.”
What movie should we see? “I don’t know.”
What’s next in your career path? “I don’t know.”
It’s easy to answer with “I don’t know.” It’s like an internal default setting – much like Times New Roman is a default font on your computer.
As a distinction, I’m not talking about fact-oriented questions like “what time did the mail arrive?” If you didn’t know what time the mail was delivered, your answer would be “I don’t know.” And that’s a fact.
What I am talking about are bigger questions. Things like, what do you want out of your life? What’s your Bigger Game? Where would you like to be in five years? It’s easy to say, “I don’t know,” either because you’ve never been asked or perhaps you want to make sure you give the right answer.
Here’s the deal with “I don’t know:” If you keep saying it, you’ll get more of “I don’t know.”
But what if you don’t know? Should you just wait until you do? No! If you don’t know something, start to make it up… simply give an answer (notice I said, “give an answer,” and not “give the right answer”).
Start with “What I know is…” and see what falls out of your mouth. Instead of defaulting to “I don’t know,” go in the direction of “what I know is…” and then complete the sentence. Without attempting to throw out some answers, you won’t get anywhere.
Remember, it doesn’t matter if you have the right answer. It might sound something like this: “What I know is that I don’t have the answer right now. What I know is it’s unfolding in front of me. What I know is there’s work for me to do here.”
When you state what you know, movement starts to occur. Guaranteed. This is a simple, yet profoundly altering skill to practice.
Keep a daily log of how many times you say I don’t know. I think you’ll be surprised!
Then, start to say, “What I know is…” If you’re unsure how to complete the sentence, make something up. And have fun with this!
Start knowing something… anything. Remember, life is all made up.