If you haven’t already read Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo, I highly recommend it.
Knowing how much I love the expression, my daughter ordered this for me on Etsy and gave it to me for Christmas. This saying’s changed my life. Rather, this phrase summarizes what took me decades to realize and believe.
For my first 40 years, I was fueled and ruled by anxiety. Without trust in myself, others, or the universe, I lived in perpetual hyper-vigilance. Tense. On edge.
The problem with always being on the lookout for tigers is: you’ll exhaust yourself with every rustling sound in the woods, every twitching twig, so you’ll be too tired and frazzled to execute an escape plan when you actually feel the tiger’s breath on your neck. Consequently, my actions could be impulsive and out of alignment with my true values because I was reactive. I didn’t have access to my own wisdom. Rash decisions furthered my distrust in myself and exacerbated my anxiety about the world.
Ironically, it’s not when we’re on high-alert that we’re most prepared. Rather, it’s when we’re in a calm state, with clarity of mind and purpose, relying on intuition and self-trust, that we proceed through life with ease.
Once you believe that everything is figureoutable, each decision carries less weight. You care less about every little decision because you recognize that whatever outcome befalls you, you’ll deal with it. With less pressure to “get it right,” opportunities and gifts abound in discoveries made through exploring and curiosity.
Start repeating this phrase every time you have to make a decision. Rather than overthinking, trying to second guess and anticipate all the things that might go wrong, stay calm, access your deeper knowing, and believe that no matter what happens, you’ll figure it out.
You always have. You always will.
Why waste this precious moment on the hypothetical when reality is here and now, waiting for your attention?