1-Sentence-Summary: Everything Is Figureoutable will help you annihilate the limiting beliefs that are holding you back so that you can finally pursue your dreams by identifying the thinking patterns that get you stuck and how to use self-empowerment principles to become free.
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Marie Forleo has many childhood memories of her mother fixing things around the house. It didn’t matter if the roof leaked or the radio didn’t work. Because of limited money, she needed to do it herself.
All this was back in the 1980s, before the time of Google and smartphones. Forleo became confused at how her Mom always seemed to know how to fix things, so she asked her. Her mother’s answer is something that would change Forleo’s life forever: Everything is Figureoutable
In her book of the same name, Forleo now teaches you how to beat the excuses that get in the way of you living your dreams. You can find a solution to any problem with a willingness to work at it, and you’re about to learn how.
Here are just 3 of the many inspiring lessons I learned from this book:
- “Everything is figureoutable” is a powerful mantra that will help you beat your own mind games and make your dreams happen.
- Every time you say “I can’t” you really only mean “I won’t” or “I don’t want to.”
- Clarity, motivation, and desire come only after you start, not before.
Are you excited to figure out why you can find a solution to anything?! Let’s go!
Everything Is Figureoutable Summary
Lesson 1: If you want to beat your mind at its own games and make your dreams happen, adopt the mantra that “everything is figureoutable.”
Every day, you make excuses with self-limiting beliefs. We’ll get to why they’re excuses in a moment, but first, how do you overcome them?
You could examine your dysfunctional thinking patterns one by one all day if you want. But there’s an even simpler way.
Just adopt the mantra that “everything is figureoutable” and you’ll begin to see that there really are solutions for every problem you set up in your mind as unsolvable.
That’s really what each limiting belief comes down to. It’s the idea that we think that we cannot solve our problems. You might think that you’re too old to find a partner, but this assumes you can’t solve the problem of your age.
Contrast this with the idea that you can find a solution for every problem and the entire situation changes. When you assume from the get-go that the problem is solvable, you set yourself up for success.
The author once almost missed a flight because she was late for baggage check-in, but this philosophy saved her trip. She got thinking and bought some carry-on bags and was able to get on the flight without checking any bags!
Lesson 2: You’re making excuses whenever you say “I can’t,” the reality is that you just don’t want to.
All this talk of self-limiting beliefs makes you wonder where they come from in the first place. Digging deep within yourself, you can see that you’re just justifying and hiding how much you don’t want to do something.
Put more simply, it’s just an excuse. The truth is, you won’t do whatever it is that you’re thinking you “can’t” for whatever reason.
Growing up I often heard my parents tell me “where there’s a will there’s a way.” If you truly wanted something that you think you can’t do, you’d figure out how to make it happen, no matter what obstacles are in the way.
Consider a time when you had a goal that seemed impossible but that you wanted to accomplish more than anything. Your desire made you look and reach and work to find a way.
The author experienced this when she wanted to go to a retreat in South America but didn’t have the money for it. It would have been easy for her to think it was impossible to afford and quit trying.
But with a strong will to make it happen, she worked hard and found three additional side jobs and a special payment option with the organizers of the retreat.
Catch yourself the next time you’re saying “I can’t” and recognize the hidden “I won’t figure out a way” that’s behind it. Then, adjust your expectations and go to work to make it happen.
Lesson 3: Always start first, then you’ll discover an endless supply of motivation and understanding of what you should do and how.
Indecision too often paralyzes even the best go-getters. It’s one of the biggest stumbling blocks in our way toward success.
Sitting there and wondering whether or not you can or should do something is a complete waste of time though. The author even spent years trying to decide if she should go after her dream of being a dancer before actually doing it.
Sometimes, the paralysis can last as long as years, and even that turns into a lifetime of wasted time that you could have been working on your dreams. The reality is, the only way to know whether an idea is good or not is to take action.
You think that you have to have a perfect idea of what it’s going to be like and how to accomplish your end goal, but it doesn’t work that way. It’s not even possible to have much clarity at the beginning of a project. You only get that by starting.
All it takes is a small step forward and you’ll immediately begin to see the right path.
A couple of years ago I began to consider becoming a writer. I took my time, which did help me prepare, but it got to the point that I just needed to act.
After emailing a popular writer I’d been following for a few months and asking for writing advice, he gave me the answer I needed: just begin. I did, and my writing journey has only gotten better, and more clear and inspiring!
Everything Is Figureoutable Review
Whoa, what a powerful message! Everything Is Figureoutable has got to be one of my new favorite books. I really got a lot of motivation out of the ways it teaches to overcome limiting beliefs. Very cool read, go for it!
Who would I recommend the Everything Is Figureoutable summary to?
The 29-year-old that is always making excuses for why they can’t improve, the 49-year-old that would like to quit their job and start their own company but is too caught up in their self-doubts, and anyone that wants some real inspiration to get moving on their goals!