Clarity Comes from Engagement

Everything is Figureoutable

Clarity Comes from Engagement

“Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.”

Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable

In other words, if you want clarity on something in your life, you must take ACTION.

Sounds obvious, I know. And yet, how often do we sit and stew on a question or decision we are facing in our lives…thinking ourselves in circles, then wondering why we can’t get clarity on the matter?

I know I do.

Over the Christmas break, I read Marie Forleo’s outstanding book, Everything is Figureoutable. I heard about it while listening to Marie’s podcasts on my long & snowy drive from Vancouver Island to Calgary.

If you are not familiar with Marie Forleo, she is an entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist and host of Marie TV. I have been a fan of Marie’s for years but only just recently started listening to her powerful podcasts (okay, I only just recently started to listening to any podcasts…but better late than never).

Whether it’s her TV show, podcasts or book, Marie is the real deal. She is brilliant, funny, candid and says it like it is. She is a savvy and successful woman whose insights resonate because they’re true:

“Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. Write that down. Memorize it. Tattoo it on your tush. Whenever you’re trapped in the hell of indecision, do something about it as quickly as possible. Find a way to take a tangible, real action and you’ll be rewarded with priceless feedback to inform your next steps.”

– Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable

For clarity’s sake 😊 I am going to repeat that last line: when you take action, you will be rewarded feedback in the form of the next step you need to take.

Because that’s usually what we need most: clarity on what to do next.

If it is a major decision we are facing, the big answer likely won’t come to us as we sit on our couch, thinking ourselves into a tizzy.

Rather, if we can just figure out what the next step needs to be – then take it – that will help us figure out the steps after that. And so on. Once we start to experience the possible pros and cons of our decision, we begin to gain clarity. Then one day…the big answer will come.

“When you’re stuck in a paralyzing thought loop of indecision, stop thinking and start doing. Make a move, no matter how tiny. Find (or make) a way to do a real-world experiment. Action is the fastest and most direct route to clarity.”

– Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable

If you are struggling to find clarity on a big (or small) decision, what step could you take next?

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

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4 thoughts on “Clarity Comes from Engagement”

  1. Super proud of you for participating in The Total Makeover Challenge, Lynne! Glad you can use my blog in your blog. What a fun visit we had on the weekend. I LOVE our creative brain-storming sessions!
    Hugs,
    ma

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