Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. I first heard that from Marie Forleo. Whenever you feel stuck and not knowing which path to take, standing at the crossroad of two paths and doing nothing will not help you gain more clarity. It’s only through a series of actions that you will slowly see more, feel more and eventually have that feeling in your gut that tells you “this is the right path”.
Action matters more than ideas. So instead of waiting for days, weeks or months to wait for clarity to strike you, do everything you can, and as quickly as possible to move toward your potential paths/choices/options. You can do this by taking some meaningful steps to turn your ideas into hypotheses, launching experiments to test each hypothesis , learn and feel from each experiment, refine the idea and test again. By following this cycle of hypothesize, experiment, measure outcomes, learn/feel, hypothesize again, you’ll be able to gain more clarity and activate on ideas.
My mentor once told me, selling is an expression of belief. Which means when you really believe in something that’s so good and that you know that thing will help someone else, you naturally want to SHARE with others by telling them, say what that thing is so good, how did it help, what changed after you use/implement/watch it etc.
When you sincerely share that thing with others, you don’t feel sleazy about it. Why? Because you sincerely believe that it’ll work and be able to help them. You’re simply expressing your belief.
So, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re afraid to sell yourself or your product or service (even though it’s fantastic) because you don’t want to be seen as too pushy, too sleazy, or too manipulative, try to shift your mindset by asking yourself these mindset-shifting questions:
Bonus tip: When you’re selling, remember that it’s not about you or what others think of you. It’s about your clients or audience. It’s about what help they need and how you can service them.
I believe that you have the answer, within you. The answer is waiting inside you to be explored. All you need to do is dial down the noise that you’re hearing externally (all the should’s, norms etc), and really pay close attention to the voice within you. What is it trying to say to you?
Ask yourself these powerful questions:
If you don’t know what tasks to tackle first or find yourself getting through tasks that don’t really need to be done, but they seem the most enjoyable/easy, try this simple fix: prioritize your tasks by urgency and importance using Eisenhower Matrix.
Draw a big cross on a piece of paper to divide the white space into 4 quadrants.
Quadrant 1 (Do first): Important & Urgent: These are Important tasks that need to be done today or tomorrow at the latest. Hard deadlines or critical projects.
Quadrant 2 (Schedule): Important but not Urgent: This is where most of your time should be spent and you should schedule these tasks in your calendar.
Quadrant 3 (Delegate): Not Important but Urgent: These are tasks you could delegate. If not, get them done quickly and efficiently.
Quadrant 4 (Don’t do): Not Urgent and Not Important. These are your time wasters. Dump them.
A lot of people start by focusing on different strategies to get ahead. But in order to be successful building a long-term, sustainable, and profitable business, you need to have the right mindset. That’s one thing you should master. Here’s the deal…Strategies don’t work if you don’t have the right mindset. Doesn’t matter how capable you are or what top strategies you have, if you don’t have the right mindsets, you will eventually get in your own way of success. I wish I knew this earlier in my journey, so that I can focus on the right things. It comes down to the difference between limiting and empowering beliefs.
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