Mistrust as a way to become more productive

When the term “mistrust” is used, it’s usually done in a negative context. “You can’t trust that person” or “This situation doesn’t give me any confidence”. The interesting thing is that we are ignoring another context in which this term can act as something positive and become a powerful way increase our productivity. Mistrust, in some contexts, can be useful.

No one is able to predict what will happen in the future, but sometimes we act as if we can. We are confident that tomorrow everything will remain the same and that we will have another day to do whatever we want to do.

Of course, uncertainty is scary. That’s why a lot of people prefer to ignore or disguise it. That’s the reason why, although no one knows what will happen in the future, people act as if they know. Inevitably, things are going to change, but we are afraid to accept that fact, and because of that, we create a false reality in which everything remains the same forever.

This mentality comes with a problem. We only act when now it’s too late: “why doing something today if tomorrow I will have the same opportunity to do it?”

That’s why, sometimes, it’s a good idea to be suspicious, to mistrust things. When we apply mistrust and think about the fact that nothing will remain the same forever and that tomorrow everything can change, we will start to be aware that we don’t know exactly how much time and resources we have left to carry out with our projects. That’s the reality, and if we are aware of that, this forces to act today.

Mistrust is a guarantee that, at least, we are going to doubt on a daily basis about what could happen tomorrow. This feeling of doubt becomes an incentive to start acting immediately. The money that is lost today can be recouped tomorrow, the time that is lost today can never be recouped.

Taking nothing for granted and being aware that we have finite resources helps us to materialize our projects. Our environment can change at any moment, both personally and professionally. Accepting that lack of knowledge about what will happen tomorrow helps us to be less fearful about starting today.

It’s all about assumptions and simulations. If you assume that tomorrow you won’t have time, you are going to take advantage of every second you have today. That’s how I try to live my days: assuming that I won’t have time in the future, not counting on second chances. I need to take advantage of what I have today. This assumption could be false, and maybe tomorrow I will have more time and opportunities than today. It doesn’t matter, even better, because tomorrow, when I make myself the same question, I will be more confident to start acting and executing my projects.