Clarity – That understanding is what you need to be successful.
Clarity on what you want, what you love, and what you’re passionate about will help you pursue those things with the energy and passion your life deserves. Clarity is something we would all like to possess, but sometimes we just don’t. If you feel uncertain and don’t feel as though you possess the clarity required to move forward, you’re not alone. The world we live in is constantly changing so it’s not abnormal to feel that you lack clarity.
This article is about providing insight on what you can do to get clear on moving forward in your life and career. Let’s get started:
1. Uncover Your Identity
The first step is to ask yourself, who are you? Whom do you want to be? It’s easy to fall into a trap here. You may begin to think about what others want from and of you. Forget all of that. Shut out the outside noise and imagine that you live in a vacuum. What makes you feel fulfilled? What gives you peace? On your death bed, what will you regret most? What should you start, stop, and continue to do? You only get one life to live and while you will face struggles, you must embrace them. Think about those struggles in terms of progress – nothing good comes easy.
2. Determine What’s Important
Who do you count as the most important person you know? Are you doing the best you can for them? Sometimes we lose clarity when we forget to consider how our goals impact others. Do your goals benefit anyone else? More importantly, is your focus on them negatively influencing people in your life? You might be pushing yourself hard thinking achieving your goal will benefit others, but you haven’t stopped to consider how the journey impacts them. When you remember others, you serve yourself and it helps you gain clarity.
Do you see yourself as an important enough to take care of yourself? Self-care is important, it’s essential to do things for yourself and to have goals. When you take care of yourself, you are positioning yourself to better help those who are important to you.
3. Identify & Avert
Now that you have a greater sense of direction and you’ve identified who is important, identify what isn’t good for you. Identify your bad habits and learn to avert them. What forces your focus away from your goals? It might be people, activities or tasks. If you waste time or feed negative behavior when you do these activities or hang out with these people, cut them out. Time is non-refundable. It’s easy to waste because we just don’t know how much time we have left. Every second you waste is time that you could spend doing what matters. Remember that.
4. Face Failure Head-on
Sometimes when you’re not sure of what you want, you can think about what you don’t want. For example, you don’t want to eat liver, but you do like to eat chicken. You don’t like exercise, but you like a working out at home. You don’t want to die young; you don’t want to be miserable; you don’t want to go through a breakup.
When you know what you don’t want, it’s easy to fill in the rest of the blanks. That may require you to change direction, and that may feel like failure. Sometimes before you can hang a left, you have to get through an obstacle. It’s okay to face failure. It’s how you respond to it that counts. When you fail, find and learn the lesson, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and keep it moving.
Life is way too short to get caught up worrying about what doesn’t matter. You deserve to be happy; you deserve to live a life that leaves you fulfilled and blessed. You are meant to live a good life. To do that, you need a bit of clarity.
Please use this article as your action guide to gain clarity. You can do this.