Everything is Figureoutable (2019) is more than a mantra, it’s a collection of practical insights and actionable discipline that’s woven together to serve as an effective life philosophy. The ‘figureoutable philosophy’ aims to inspire readers to adopt the fundamental mindsets and habits to figure anything out!
The author, Marie Forleo, is the host of the award-winning show MarieTV as well as The Marie Forleo Podcast. Labeled as a thought leader for the next generation by Oprah, Forleo teaches artists, entrepreneurs, and people from all walks of life on how to dream big and achieve their goals.
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Everything is Figureoutable Summary
The Tropicana Orange
“The obvious is never seen until someone expresses it simply.” -Khalil Gibran
In the introductory chapter of the book ‘Everything is Figureoutable’, Marie Forleo shares a few of her childhood memories and writes about how the Figureoutable philosophy came to be…
Growing up in New Jersey during the 1980s, Forleo describes her mother as one of the most industrious and resourceful people you could ever meet. According to her, she had “the tenacity of a bulldog, looks like June Cleaver, and curses like a truck driver.”
One of her mother’s most prized possessions was a small transistor radio that she received from Tropicana Orange Juice.
One day after coming back from school, she noticed that something was different –her home was dark and she could not hear the buzz of the Tropicana orange that would usually fill the home. So she walked to the kitchen and notices pieces of the radio dismantled as her mother huddled over the kitchen table.
Here’s a brief passage from the book of the conversation that follows:
“Mom, are you okay? What happened to your radio? Is it broken?”
“It’s fine, Ree. No big deal. The antenna got busted and the tuner dial was a little off, so I’m fixing it.”
I stood there for a second, watching her work her magic. Finally, I asked, “Hey, Mom, how do you know how to do so many different things that you’ve never done before, without anyone showing you how to do it?”
She put down her screwdriver, turned to me, and said, “Don’t be silly, Ree. Nothing in life is that complicated. You can do whatever you set your mind to if you just roll up your sleeves, get in there, and do it. Everything is figureoutable.”
I was transfixed, reveling in and repeating those words in my head:
Everything is figureoutable. Everything is figureoutable. Holy shit, yes . . .
Everything Is Figureoutable!”
Through the days that followed, this phrase and philosophy took a firm hold within her and became the driving force of her life.
Your Road Map to Results
“Just because this idea is simple doesn’t mean the road ahead is easy. You’ll need humility and courage. Self-compassion. A willingness to experiment. A sense of humor. And patience. Lots and lots of patience.” -Marie Forleo
In chapter 2, Forleo explains the primary goal of the Figureoutable philosophy, along with a few rules to play by. In addition, she also writes about the all-important topic of having the right mindset!
Regarding the Figureoutable philosophy, she writes:
“It’s a practical, actionable discipline. A mantra that helps you operate at your best and achieve what you want. It’s a mindset to help you solve meaningful problems, learn new skills, and find ways to help and contribute to others.”
My goal is to help you master the fundamental mindsets and habits you need to figure anything out, for the rest of your life.”
Key insight: Train Your Brain For Growth.
As Forleo explains, there are two destructive thought viruses that stop us from learning something new. The first being: “I know this already.”
She writes: “Whenever we feel like we already know something, our minds disengage and shut down. The next time you hear yourself thinking or saying, ‘I know this already,’ especially as you read this book, immediately catch that thought and switch to a growth-minded question. Ask yourself, ‘What can I learn from this?’ ”
The other thought virus: ‘This won’t work for me.’ This statement shuts down the possibility of any learning and so whenever you catch yourself saying something along those lines, change it to a more productive question such as ‘How can this work for me?’
An Important Note:
At the end of each chapter (starting from chapter 3), there’s an exercise that readers are required to complete. Forleo calls them the Insight To Action Challenge. In total there are 8 insight to action challenges all of which are included in this summary.
Forleo emphasizes the importance of doing the exercises versus intellectually knowing it. She also recommends that readers attempt to complete them by hand in a journal or notebook…
that’s right, pen on paper!
Her intention: “Most books are designed to help you acquire new information. Some are made with the hope that you’ll feel inspired. My intention goes far beyond that. I’m committed to helping you get results. For that to happen, you must do the work and complete the Insight to Action Challenges in this book with your full effort. I’m talking total, down-to-your-bones commitment.” [p21, Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable]
The Magic of Belief
“Everything in the material world is first created on the level of thought,” writes Forleo. In other words, nothing comes to fruition without first manifesting itself first in our mind, as a thought.
However, there’s a deeper force that shapes our thoughts and thereby our feelings and behaviors. It is a critical component of the creative process, dictating aspects of our behavior such as how much we sleep, what we choose to eat, what we tell ourselves and so forth. It is our beliefs.
Here are a few insights regarding our beliefs, as outlined in the book:
- “Your beliefs are THE master commanders of your behavior and your results.”
- “Long term, your beliefs determine your destiny.”
- “Every belief has a consequence. Your beliefs either heal you or harm you. They either support your aspirations or thwart them. Belief becomes the source of your limitation or your liberation. It doesn’t matter what’s true, it matters what you believe.”
- “Our beliefs either propel us to or prevent us from living to our fullest potential. Our beliefs determine whether we fail or succeed, and how we define success in the first place.”
- “Our brains tend to reinforce what we already believe. This well-documented phenomenon is called confirmation bias. Simply put, confirmation bias means we look for and find evidence to support our beliefs.”
Moreover, Forleo shares an empowering insight: All beliefs are a choice and choices can be changed.
She continues: “Your beliefs are a choice. Every single one of them. Since all beliefs are learned—either consciously or unconsciously—the ones that create pain, misery, and suffering can be unlearned. Released. Let go.”
Hence, we can change our beliefs. There is work involved but it is possible and well worth the effort.
Forleo explains how:
“The first step to becoming free from your beliefs is noticing which ones are creating hurt or misery for you. Practice becoming aware of what you’re thinking (i.e. believing) and know that at any moment, you get to decide if you want to continue believing that thought.”
Another way is through adopting a core meta belief. A meta-belief is, as the author describes: “a master key that unlocks every imaginable door in the castle of your consciousness. It’s like throwing a switch that instantly illuminates a field of infinite potential. If you haven’t yet guessed, the whole purpose of this book is to inspire you to adopt the supremely powerful belief that everything is figureoutable!”
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #1
i. What negative or limiting belief(s) is holding you back from living your true potential?
[In other words, note down all the limiting things you have been saying to yourself about your capabilities, other people, the world, or reality that is preventing you from making a lasting change]
ii. Next, riff on as to why these negative beliefs or stories are bullshit!
“Litigate the other side. Make your best, most impassioned case for the exact opposite perspective. Answer from your heart, not your head.”
iii. Now imagine the type of person you would be without the limiting belief(s)?
[How would your life be different if you were incapable of ever thinking that small-minded belief again? How would you behave differently? What might change for you physically, emotionally and spiritually?]
“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.” -Erica Jong
When it comes to making excuses, there are 2 four-letter words that according to the author, blur our ability to be honest with ourselves. They are ‘cant’ and ‘won’t.’ Think about the excuses that we tend to make habitually:
‘I can’t do the work.’
‘I can’t take that risk!’
“Here’s the problem,” Forleo writes, “99 percent of the time when we say we can’t do something, can’t is a euphemism for won’t. What does ‘won’t’ mean? Won’t means we’re not willing. In other words…
You don’t really want to.
You don’t want to do the work.
You don’t want to take the risk.
To put it this way, when we say we can’t, what we really mean is that we don’t have the desire to make the sacrifice or to put in the effort. However, replacing can’t with a won’t, allows you to get a more honest perspective.
As Forleo clarifies:
“When you use the word ‘won’t,’ you feel and behave more powerfully. You remember that you’re in charge of your thoughts and actions. YOU get to determine how to spend your time and resources. You’ll feel more alive and energized and free because you’re taking full responsibility for the state of your life.”
She further adds: “Excuses are dream killers. If we allow them, our excuses will keep us locked in a prison of our own making. As the adage goes, if you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them.” [p60; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable]
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #2
i. List the instances where, at first, you thought that you didn’t have the time, ability or resources to make something happen, but yet you figured it out anyway.
ii. What excuses have you given to yourself that has stopped you from moving forward towards your goals?
iii. Now, cross out each excuse and write what you’re now willing to think, say, or do instead to eliminate that excuse.
iv. Write your life-saving, two-free-hours-a-day-plan.
“…your doctor called. She said the only chance you have to save your own life is sitting quietly and uninterrupted for two hours a day, seven days a week for the next three months. There is no other cure. How would you do it?”
How to Deal with the Fear of Anything
This chapter is rife with insights on how to effectively deal with fear. Forleo tells us -fear ought to be understood. According to her, it is ‘the F-word that you need to embrace.’ Shift your mindset about fear, because “Fear is not the enemy, waiting to stop feeling afraid is,” she says.
“Spending too much time trying to ‘defeat’ or ‘eliminate’ your fear will only keep you stuck. Fear will be your companion as long as you’re alive. It doesn’t matter how much experience, success, or fame you acquire. You will always feel fear. Don’t get seduced into thinking some magical day will arrive when you no longer feel afraid and only then will you be ready to act. That’s not how it works. Action is the antidote to fear. Action metabolizes it. The trick is allowing yourself to feel fear while you take action.”
Make that call, even if your stomach knots…
Speak up, even if your voice shakes…
Raise your rates, even if it makes you want to hurl!
Doing the thing is actually much easier than the suffering we inflict upon ourselves by stressing over it in our minds and remaining in stasis. The fastest way out of fear is through it.
One reason why fear can be so debilitating is because most of the time we don’t really slow down enough to thoroughly question what exactly it is that we’re afraid of.
As Stephen King once said: “If a fear cannot be articulated, it can’t be conquered.”
The Insight To Action Challenge in this chapter is what the author calls Fear Taming 101. It involves writing about your worst-case scenario and having a plan about what you would do in the unlikely probability that the event did occur.
She explains: “Write down the absolute worst thing that could possibly happen and what that would mean to you—mentally, emotionally, and financially. Is it a matter of losing money? Shattering an ego or reputation? Could you lose your job or business? Disappoint family or loved ones? Then ask yourself, “Okay. Now, what’s the worst thing possible if that happened?” Keep going until you get to the absolute worst thing you can possibly imagine. Then, write the exact steps you could take to get back on your feet.
This exercise helps us realize that even if it all implodes (again, highly unlikely—especially when you address potential problems in advance), there’s always something we can do to lift ourselves back up.” [p92; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable summary ]
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #3
i. What is the worst-case scenario you imagine would happen if you went on to implement your idea?
[Identify the outcome that you’re dreading. The goal here is to articulate your deepest fears and get them out of your head and onto the page]
ii. In the unlikely event that this worst-case scenario does occur, write down the exact steps you would take to rebuild and get back on your feet.
iii. Flip the script
[What is the best-case scenario? What are all the possible upsides that would come from moving ahead?]
iv. Explore your fear as your GPS.
[Get curious. Listen to your fear. What productive message is it trying to communicate? What is it directing you toward?]
Define Your Dream
In this chapter of Everything is Figureoutable, Forleo (then in her mid-20s) writes about her interests in hip hop dance, fitness, writing, online business, and digital media and how her profession as a life coach felt ‘narrow and limiting’ at the time. More importantly, she stresses the importance of being able to clearly define your goals and having a vision for your future.
“I never took a Dream Clarity Class, did you? Most of us have little-to-no instruction on how to figure out what we really want,” she tells us.
Moreover, not having something clear or meaningful to work towards can spawn a host of other problems such as: facing difficulty in prioritizing and scheduling your time, feeling lost, and not being able to produce tangible results despite being ‘super busy i.e. when you confuse activity with accomplishment.
“The work can be tough,” Forleo points out, but “the more difficult it is, the more you need it.”
She emphasizes the importance of articulating a vision: “At this stage, all you need is an initial destination—something meaningful that challenges you to learn and grow. You don’t need an epic world-changing goal, especially if that feels overwhelming. You also don’t need to know how you’ll make this dream happen. You just need a clear mark, because you can’t hit a target you can’t see.”
What’s more intriguing is that once you’ve established your goals, your brain automatically helps you figure out how to get it. It does this through what Forleo describes as the ‘magical neurological genie,’ better known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS).
Brief notes about the Reticular Activating System:
The Reticular Activating System is a fancy word that describes the bundle of nerves located within our brain which filters out unnecessary information so that only the important data gets through. Your RAS is the reason why you can tune out the constant background hum of a noisy café but instantly snap if you hear someone call out your name, or when you learn a new word and begin to hear it ‘everywhere.’
Forleo writes: “The act of clearly defining your dream will tell your brain that this thing is now valuable and should take priority. You’ll recruit your RAS to help you bring this dream to life. Your RAS will begin scanning your environment for any and all opportunities, people, and information related to what you’ve declared a significant goal. It’ll begin processing, culling ideas, and directing you to pay attention to solutions you need, whether you’re fully aware of it or not.”
To put simply, this ‘genie’ inside your mind is “working her magical buns off to help you achieve what you want. Her only requirement: is that you clearly state your wish.”
The insight to action challenge in this chapter provides a framework to help you establish a vision for your future. Even though it might take you a while to complete, the pay-offs are well worth it. If you had to complete one insight challenge out of all the other eight, the author recommends that you do this one…
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #4
STEP 1: Identify your top one-year dreams
Write down a list of your top dreams, goals or projects that you are most eager to start figuring out. These can be problems you want to solve or aspirations you’re ready to materialize. Write down the things you’d like to change, start, stop, pause, transform, heal, learn, explore, achieve, or become!
Use the following prompts:
- If I could change one thing about my life what would it be?
- If I had 2 extra hours a day, what would I do with that time?
- Wouldn’t it be cool if…?
[Avoid trying to write perfectly. Don’t write about things you should want or about dreams which arise out of guilt or obligation]
STEP 2: Get serious about this dream
Select no more than 3 items from this list that you feel most drawn towards and answer the following question:
- Why is this dream important to me?
- How will it impact me mentally, physically, emotionally and financially?
- Who else will benefit because of this goal?
[For each answer, dig deeper -ask ‘and why is that important?’ Drill down several layers of asking why until you get to the core of why the dream matters to you]
STEP 3: Pick ONE
As the proverb goes: ‘If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one,’ pick one dream or goal from your list.
[Attempting to figure out several dreams at once is a recipe for frustration and failure. By sticking to one goal, you’ll cultivate the mental strength, emotional discipline and behavioral habits that will help you to accomplish your future goals]
STEP 4: Be precise; make it specific, measurable and actionable
The idea here is to clarify, chunk down and then map out all the steps required to convert your dream into something that is specific, measurable and actionable.
Find a new career becomes -> register for that art seminar and find at least 2 local artists to talk to by Monday
Lose weight becomes -> get that gym membership and consult with the fitness instructor for a workout routine
Get sober becomes -> attend one AA meeting this weekend
STEP 5: Determine the next 3 simple actions you can take
Focus on small actionable steps such as setting up that appointment, making that call, doing one push-up or registering for that class. Ask:
- What 3 small steps or actions can I take, that will take me closer to achieving my dream?
- What can I do in 15 minutes or less, the first of which I can do right now?
[Train yourself to embrace discomfort and bypass your tendency to say ‘I’m not ready yet.’]
Word to the Wise: Focus on the things that you can control.
What’s in your control: your words, your actions, your attitudes and the amount of focus and effort you put in. You are also in control of how you respond to the events and circumstances which unfold around you.
Start Before You’re Ready
Describing hip hop as being her ‘one true love’ at the time, Forleo attended classes at various gyms, dance clubs, and even the New York Broadway Dance Center. On one particular day, after finishing a session, one of the teachers complimented her technique and energy, suggesting that she try out as a dance teacher.
Contemplating over whether to give this teaching audition a shot when she desperately needed to grow her coaching business, she asked herself a simple, illuminating question:
“In ten years, will I regret NOT doing this?”
Her answer was a defiant: “Abso-friggin-lutely.”
She labels this as ‘Future Tripping,’ and describes: “If you’re unfamiliar with the term, ‘future tripping’ refers to the common human tendency to worry about the future at the expense of living fully in the present. But when future tripping is strategic (like with the Ten-Year Test), stressing over future pain can be a powerful catalyst for change. Once I realized that thirty-five-year-old Marie would regret not at least exploring teaching dance, it was game time.”
More wisdom: “You never feel ready to do the important things you’re meant to do.”
Forleo stresses the importance of developing a bias towards action, she explains:
“Personal progress. Professional progress. Collective, societal progress —all of it is born from a single person’s decision to act. To stand up. To speak out. To make a move. Usually, long before there’s any guarantee of success. Another point most of us fail to see: action comes before the courage to act. Action spawns courage, not the other way around. Action also generates motivation. Instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, action implores you to keep going.” [p143; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable]
With all that said, the most valuable insight in this chapter has to do with the idea behind embracing your growth zone…
Forleo writes: “The growth zone is a magical, albeit scary-ass place. But it was the only place I could learn how to be a boss, how to delegate, and how to grow my business beyond myself. Entering the growth zone meant things would be uncertain. I’d feel uncomfortable. I would also likely fall flat on my face. A lot.”
She further explains:
In the comfort zone, which is where most of us spend way too much time, life feels safe. But everything you dream of becoming, achieving, or figuring out exists in the growth zone (aka the discomfort zone). When you’re in the growth zone, here’s what’s guaranteed: you will feel vulnerable and insecure, but in order to grow, you must let go (at least temporarily) of your need for comfort and security. You must train yourself to value growth and learning above all else.” [p147; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable]
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #5
i. Recall an instance in your life when you started before you were ready and ultimately gained traction to achieve other goals in the process.
ii. Answer fast: in relation to your most ambitious dream, what is the one move you know you must take to start before you’re ready?
iii. The Ten-Year Test.
Anytime you face a tough decision that will significantly impact your future, ask yourself: “Ten years from now, will I regret NOT doing this?”
“Many people limit themselves to using their rational, logical minds to find their answer. Don’t make that mistake. Your body contains wisdom and intelligence that’s designed to help you figure things out. Become aware of what happens viscerally and emotionally in response to this question.”
Progress Not Perfection
There is a fine line between having high standards and being perfectionistic. Whilst the former is healthy and motivating, the latter is just plain dysfunctional.
“All too often,” Forleo writes, “we stop ourselves from doing anything new because we want so badly to get it right. (And get it right from the start, dammit.) We want to present an image to the world that we have it together. We have little to no tolerance for allowing ourselves the space and grace to be a beginner. Perfectionism isn’t a set behavior, it’s a destructive way of thinking about yourself. When you make a mistake (or, heaven forbid, fail), you don’t just feel disappointed in how you did, but in who you are.”
For those who are unfamiliar, here’ a few examples which portray the kind of thoughts that lie behind perfectionism versus thoughts that are aligned for progress:
PERFECTION: “It’s either ALL or NOTHING. If I can’t get everything I want now, what’s the point?”
PROGRESS: “I’ll start small and simple now, then iterate and evolve over time.”
PERFECTION: “I need this to be easy.”
PROGRESS: “I’m ready to work hard.”
PERFECTION: “If I fail, I’m done. I can’t go on.”
PROGRESS: “Failure is an event, not a characteristic.”
PERFECTION: “I can’t show this to anyone until it’s perfect.”
PROGRESS: “Real-world feedback helps me learn and improve.”
The good news: dismantling perfectionism is possible and even better you don’t need to lower your standards! One way to do it, as Forleo tells us, is to stop the “Comparschläger,” or in other words: to stop comparing yourself with others.
She writes: “The moment you measure your early efforts against someone who’s been working their ass off for years- you’ve fallen into a perfectionist death trap.”
Another effective way to strip perfectionist tendencies is through adopting the mantra ‘Progress, NOT Perfection’ as a core work philosophy. This is one of the key principles that is emphasized to her B School students (over 54,000 and counting). It also happens to be one of the game-changing breakthroughs that the students report when surveyed.
Another illuminating insight worth mentioning: the path of progression is never linear, but wavering.
Forleo clarifies: “…progress is never a straight line. Progress zigs and zags. It expands, then retreats. You will move forward and then back. Up and down. Then sideways and back again. To fight the erratic rhythm of progress is futile. Expect setbacks, stumbles, and big flops along the way. They’re inevitable, and they’re also positive indicators you’re making progress.”
The big idea: stay ‘unstuck’ by taking small steps, consistently.
“Real change is practically invisible as it’s happening. No trumpets sound. A marching band will not play at your door. Meaningful progress doesn’t feel particularly exciting. Most days, it feels like work. You show up, grind it out (sometimes joyfully, sometimes not), and repeat.” [p168; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable summary]
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #6
i. Fill in: “If I didn’t have to be perfect at it, I’d do/try/start ______ to get closer to achieving my dream.”
ii. Write down at least five small things you could do today to make progress. Then, underneath that list, write the following and answer: what one small thing I can do right now?
“Life doesn’t demand perfection. Life doesn’t require you to be constantly fearless, confident, or self-assured. Life simply requires that you keep showing up.”
Refuse to Be Refused
Sometimes, to figure things out requires that you simply refuse to accept a No for an answer. If a parent, co-worker, boss or society says “No you can’t” or “That’s not possible” or “No, that ain’t how it’s done around here,” doesn’t mean that you need to agree with their version of reality.
The theme of this chapter: being persistent in the face of resistance.
To be able to persevere no matter the obstacles, Forleo tells us, your goals need to be tied to something beyond yourself. That is the ultimate secret behind refusing to be refused.
She elaborates: “Striving to be your best is one thing, but when you do your best for the betterment of others, you’ll be virtually unstoppable. A bigger, more expansive purpose beyond our own personal gain is what gives our lives meaning. Purpose fuels persistence. Motives matter. The measure of our lives is not determined by what we achieve for ourselves; it’s determined by what we share, give, and contribute to others. When your dreams are connected to a sense of contribution beyond yourself—a family member, your coworkers, or a community or cause you deeply believe in—you’ll unlock wellsprings of strength, stamina, and courage you never knew you had.” [p199; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable]
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #7
i. Recall a time when you refused to be refused, and in doing so, worked your way through a limitation.
ii. What are the possible pay-offs that you may gain if you challenged authority, questioned the rules or declined defeat to a greater extent than you currently do?
iii. Imagine if the criticism you fear actually happens.
- What are the ways that you would deal with it constructively?
- How would your best self respond?
iv. How might you connect your goals to a cause that is beyond yourself?
“Is there a family member, community, or cause you can serve? Reasons power results.”
The World Needs Your Special Gift
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” -Martha Graham
The final chapter in the book Everything is Figureoutable. This chapter includes the story of Bonnie Ware, a former nurse who spent years in palliative care, looking after hundreds of patients during the last weeks of their lives. She asked the patients what they regretted the most, which inspired her to write the book The Top Five Regrets of The Dying. The one specific regret which most of us can relate to: ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.’
Forleo concludes: “The world really does need you. It needs your boldest, bravest, most honest and loving expression, and it needs it now. If you haven’t noticed, the human race is yearning for change. You can feel it in the air. In our schools, our homes, our businesses, our sports arenas, and throughout every facet of society, people are waiting for someone to stand up and show them the way. For someone to lead with heart and with the highest vision of what we’re capable of.
I believe you are that someone. I believe you are someone who can awaken a new possibility in your circle of influence, in your family, in your community, and in the world at large. I believe you have what it takes to figure anything out.” [P215; Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable]
INSIGHT TO ACTION CHALLENGE #8
Set an alarm for fifteen minutes. This exercise is to do with automatic writing, which is the practice of inviting your intuition to communicate with you on the page.
Your Future Self (the one-hundred-plus-year-old-you) is going to write a letter to the current-day you.
Dearest [Your First Name],
I would love you to know that…
“Allow your hand to move…. Keep the pen on the page. Do your best not to judge, edit, or even consciously think. Write whatever comes through and pay no attention to grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Just keep scribbling. If you get stuck, start a new line and experiment with these prompts:
I’d love you to let go of…
I’d love you to start…
I’d love you to remember…
Keep writing until the timer hits fifteen minutes. This future-self exercise helps you access deep truths that you know intuitively, but are not living or practicing consistently- yet. Set your writing aside for at least one hour before you read it.”