Why is it important to gain more clarity? According the the American business philosopher Buckminster Fuller, “clarity is power,” and I couldn’t agree more. Clarity allows you to focus you time, energy and attention in ways that will move you further faster. And the world’s high performing achievers make a habit of seeking heightened and sustained levels of clarity to contribute to their success.
In my High Performance Coaching Program, the very first thing I work on with my clients is CLARITY because it makes such a difference and it provides a solid foundation for consistently playing your best game. When you have clarity, everything falls into place.
What do you need clarity about? Only you know the answer to that, but regardless of the area of work or life where you seek greater clarity, here are three techniques that will help you:
- Ask good questions. Give yourself time and space to ask a thoughtful question that gets to the area where you are struggling, where you need some help or where you need to refine your thinking or perspective. When I do my morning swims, I often use this quiet, otherwise boring time to ask myself a question, reflect on it, ponder possible answers and often, make a decision or commitment. These conversations with myself include things like: What should I post about this week? What do I want to share on the subject of clarity that would be helpful to others? By the way, the more you practice this, the better you get at the questions!
- Journal. This practice goes hand in hand with the questions—and it can also stand on its own. Just having a blank page in front of you and committing to a specific amount of time to writing on it can surface thoughts, ideas, feelings and beliefs that are below the surface of your conscious thought. This can be a very effective way to gain more clarity. If you are more of a visual thinker, you can also ask yourself to illustrate the problem or issue by creating a mind map.
- Share. Talk it over with a coach or trusted advisor or friend. Just the act of articulating your thought process will bring more clarity to it and you have the added advantage of gaining someone else’s opinion and feedback. Based on the nature of the issue, decide whether it’s best to use someone familiar with the situation or completely objective—or somewhere in between.
Using these practices will enable you to gain more clarity on any number of issues or problems you are currently facing or expect to face in the future. They all require some time and it is best to schedule that time for this specific purpose. When you make scheduling “time to think” a regular habit, you will be surprised at how much you can accomplish in how short a time. Just setting aside 15 minutes to gain more clarity will provide benefit.
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