Uncertainty kills our brains.
Our brains want to be certain about things.
And that's why we constantly try to achieve certainty.
Certainty makes us feel good.
Ahhh certainty. The best friend of safety and its brother stability...
I guess it's the lizard brain (the amygdala) that constantly wants us to eliminate uncertainty.
It's the part of the brain that was responsible for our survival a few ten thousands of years ago.
It made us run away as soon as we heard a noise that we didn't know.
As soon as we were uncertain about things.
Because that noise could have been a lion or any other animal that wanted to eat us alive.
It's a function we don't need anymore. But it's still there.
So we still feel like running away if we experience uncertainty.
We still try to avoid it by all means. Because uncertainty means danger.
As we're now on top of the food chain and don't have to worry about lions anymore (and because we killed almost all of them), the lizard brain is looking for other uncertainties it can turn into certainties
That's one of the reasons why we always want to be (no we have to be) sure that we didn't miss anything online. No surprises. Only certainty.
So we check Facebook hundred times a day. Same with e-mail. Or Twitter. Or Whatsapp. Or Tinder. Or whatever..
And being constantly alert and constantly trying to avoid uncertainty takes a hell lot of our brain's bandwidth.
Reducing every potential risk or uncertainty of a trip, of a presentation, of a slidedeck or whatever takes away the focus from what's really important.
It takes away the focus from creating new things.
From having new ideas. From developing new ways of thinking.
In the end, our drive to control everything, to be certain about everything and to decrease every potential risk, kills our creativity, our ability to innovate and in the end our power to create new things...