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The Secret To Finding Clarity Is Taking Action In Chaos

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Do you ever have those days where you feel a little aimless and a cloud of ambiguous overwhelm looms above your head? You have a thousand things to do, but none of them are calling your name louder than the couch and your favorite cozy blanket for a Real Housewives binge. If you’re anything like me, when you start feeling that way things pile up REAL fast and before you know it you can't tell which way is up. You begin second guessing every decision you make, whether it’s big or small.

“Was a bagel the right choice for breakfast? Or would a green smoothie have been better?”

"Is it time to trademark my business name, or should I wait a little longer?"

"Should I hire that OBM or wait until my income is more stable?"

Sound familiar?

All this indecision and lack of confidence leads to complete paralysis of not knowing what to do next or how to move forward. And the only way to break the cycle is to just move forward anyway.

Do it scared.

Just make a decision. Any decision. No really, literally make any decision and feel confident and you’ll immediately begin to feel the mud you’re sinking in begin to melt off you.

I recently starting making small clarity decisions in my business. And it’s hard. SO HARD. It feels like I’m pushing a boulder up a mountain. I want to cry from the sheer amount of mental exertion it requires from me but then I dig down deep to grasp on to any kind of determination I can find within myself. I remember WHY I’m even doing this in the first place and it gives me the strength I need to keep going.

Who knew simply making decisions could be so hard?

But clarity comes from taking action (which takes effort!), even if it’s imperfect action.

When things go right, we get clarity knowing that we’re heading in the right direction. When we make a mistake, we get clarity by realizing which direction we shouldn’t be heading in.

So you see? Even a wrong decision can still be a right decision. Don’t be scared to make a move because no matter the outcome you’re going to gain clarity. Win win!

So take this as your sign—take the leap. Make the choice. Go with your gut. And do it all without regret because you’ll be well on your way to seeing things more clearly!

(And you can take a bit of comfort knowing most decisions can be reversed, in case of absolute crisis.)

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Brittany Wong

Brittany Wong is the Founder and Creative Director of Happyland Creative®, a design studio helping small business owners make more money with their branding.