In today's fast-paced world, with so much on our plate, finding clarity can seem impossible. With endless to-do lists, distractions, and constant interruptions, it can be hard to even find the headspace to focus on what truly matters. But, without finding clarity there is no defined path into the future.
Being clear about what we want, without any confusion or doubt, underpins all successes in life. To achieve this, we first need to understand our values, our priorities, and our goals. Then and only then can we take aligned action toward the outcomes we desire. Clarity is a process involving focused effort, self-awareness, and personal reflection.
Here are some ways you can gain clarity:
1. Step back from the situation. Taking a break either from your desk for a few minutes or hours, or going on a vacation can be exactly what you need to find clarity. When we disconnect from our routine there’s something that happens in the creative side of our brain. Whether you take a walk in nature, meditate, or do a hobby that you love, you will gain a new perspective on life and what’s important to you.
2. Know your values. It’s different for everyone, but knowing what you value most in life creates a great guide for how you proceed. Come up with a list of your three top values and write them down. Your values will be your guide for making decisions. If you’re thinking of going in a particular direction, check your list to see whether it aligns.
3. Create detailed goals. With clear goals you will know when you’re off track and this will enable you to stay focused. Write your goals down and keep them somewhere you will see them throughout the day. This will help you stay on your path.
4. Declutter your spaces. Our minds, homes, and cars can become cluttered over time. Taking the time to get rid of what you don’t need and re-organise things creates ‘breathing’ space. Using meditation and mindfulness is a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress and anxiety.
5. Get the support you need. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, engaging a coach or mentor can be just what you need. Similarly, talking with a trusted friend, family member or church leader can be beneficial. It’s okay to ask for help, and when you do, you’ll find greater clarity and a fresh perspective.
In conclusion, getting clear about what you want is an ongoing process. As we age our desires change and this is why ongoing self-reflection and effort is vital. Making a commitment to regularly step back, create and review goals, and engage in self-reflection takes effort, but the rewards are so worthwhile. Finding clarity takes time, patience, and tenacity—be gentle on yourself as you go.