Why not working harder is the best thing you could do

Have you noticed how hard it is to be confused all of the time, and then try to get clear? Or how difficult it can be to figure out what you want, when all you can think about is what you don’t want?

There’s a reason for that.

 


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THIS WEEK, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW:

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APPLY IT TO YOUR OWN LIFE:

We’re pretty sure it was Einstein who said, and we paraphrase, that you can’t solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it.

In other words: The solution you’re looking for lives at a different mental and emotional state than the problem.

Which means you’re never going to get what you want — clarity, direction, understanding, passion, purpose — by continually bogging yourself down in frustration, exhaustion, confusion, and overwhelm.

We often think that if we just hunker down a little longer, push through the exhaustion, keep striving and working harder … then we’ll find the solution. And of course, all that does is get us even more entrenched in the problem.

So here’s a wild idea: Service your happiness first.

It doesn’t even matter what makes you happy. It doesn’t have to be logically related to the solution at all. You could read a book, go for a walk, meet up with friends, skip out of work early, go to a concert.

When you do anything that raises you up to the level of happiness, ease, contentment, and enjoyment … you’ve automatically accessed the emotional and mental level that the solution hangs out at.

And the more you do this — the more you prioritize serving your happiness first — the more the answers will be made clear.

twitter-bird Service your happiness and everything will fill in around it — @AbrahamHicks #ClarityGems

How is this #ClarityGem impacting you today? Leave us a comment on the blog to let us know!

WHAT #CLARITYGEMS ARE ALL ABOUT: 

Sometimes it’s just better to avoid long blog posts and cut straight to the point!

Think of #ClarityGems as your weekly shake of the good ‘ole Magic 8 Ball … you never know what might bubble up and how it might be exactly what you need to hear today.

And instead of just a beautiful, inspirational, and shareable image (which is a nice start), we’re giving you some quick thoughts about how to interpret it … because inspiration without action is pretty, but kind of anti-climatic.

Tweet it, share it on Instagram, or forward it along to someone who needs to hear it today … and tag us (@ClarityonFire) to let us know how this Gem is inspiring you!

Much Love,

Rachel + Kristen

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6 comments

  • Shadz

    This is so inspiring!! I love love love it. I’m definitely going to remember this every time I get overwhelmed or stressed out. xo

    • Kristen Walker

      Glad you love it, Shadz! :)? It’s amazing how well this works when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

  • Leah

    Awesome! I wish I had realized this years ago!

  • MIchael

    This hits right on what I’ve been going through recently. I’ve been realizing that the more I’m in a certain “zone” of happiness, the better everything seems to flow. It’s very hard to change mentalities, though, because, as an athlete, I 100% got indoctrinated with the mentality of “push through! persevere! just keep fighting!” There’s this idea that you’re supposed to be a pressure-performer, and I’ve never been a fan of pressure or expectation. I’ve actually always performed my best when I’ve laid off expectations and pressure, and just slowed down for long enough to enter my rhythm, and then flowed from there.

    Another good one. Y’all are kind of psychic at times with your posts relating to what I’m going through.

  • Jules

    You guys are amazing with the way you capture the writing style to have it resonate so well with the rest of us struggling people out here! Everything you both write, it’s exactly what I’m going through at the moment (career goals, no big clarity on what’s going to happen, freaking out, etc) and I’m so glad I found your blog. Usually, subscribing to these follow-up emails from other blogs and such have proved to be somewhat annoying in the past for me, but I actually look forward to your Clarity Gems 🙂 I think what makes it easier for me to relate is that you guys both have a very deep empathy and also share not just the positives, but the negatives of what happened for you both to flourish. It gives me hope that I’m not the only one thinking that my life is grudgingly going nowhere, and that I’ll eventually be “somewhere” soon.

    Much love!

  • Jen

    I love it. The message is so on point, and in line with what I am working towards. I have proved to myself several times over how true it is that just powering through the stress and exhaustion really doesn’t get you anywhere.
    Saving this, and keeping it handy for the reminder when that frustration and bogged down feeling hits. Thanks!