During these unprecedented times, people look for guidance on how to deal with fear and uncertainty. Oftentimes, the right attitude and mindset can help us see opportunities in the midst of adversities. Ryan Gottfredson, assistant professor of management at Cal State Fullerton, is a pioneer in mindset and leadership research — with a focus on developing the mindsets that allow people, leaders, teams, and organizations to succeed.
According to Gottfredson, “One thing is true: we are all dealing with fear and uncertainty. How effectively we deal with fear and uncertainty depends on the quality of our mindsets. What if we were to see our situation as being an opportunity instead of a trial? What if we were to recognize that what we are going through is simply an exercise of muscles we haven’t had to work out before. If we see our situation in these ways, it is likely that we will embrace the opportunity to exercise unknown muscles, knowing that through exercise comes greater strength.”