Remember in school how we were taught to always answer the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How? It’s writing 101, right? If you’re telling a story, and communicating it with an audience, you need to know the facts. The strange thing is, as soon as it’s personal, those facts all the sudden can become super fuzzy.
When I first started writing my novel, and when I first started my own business, it was hard to clearly answer the simplest questions:
What was I even writing?
Who was I writing it for?
Why was I even doing this?
Who did I want to work with in my business?
What was I actually selling anyway?
Why was it so hard to answer these super basic questions? For the longest time the most I could articulate was a desire to do good, to help people. So much was still unclear and that felt terrifying.
What I eventually realized is: you don’t, and can’t, know what you don’t know yet.
In writing and in business, you have to experience and feel your way through things before the story begins to come together. All you can do is take the next best step in the direction you want to go, and keep asking the questions every step of the way.
Clarity doesn’t come to those who wait. It comes to those who SEEK and go out there and FIND it.
As Maria says in my favorite movie, the Sound of Music, “You have to look for your life.”
If you’re feeling stuck or lacking clarity, go back to the basics. Ask the questions you’ve been afraid to ask. Answer them as clearly as you can in this moment and just take that next best step trusting that every time you let your heart lead you you’re actively living the life you were born to live.
With so much love,
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