I think one of the most common feelings when trying to achieve something difficult or new to you is the feeling that you lack clarity. For me, having been an entrepreneur for 16 years has magnified my need for clarity in various areas of my business and personal life.
There is one over arching secret to gaining clarity that I’ve found:
The even lesser known thing is that clarity is merely perspective. Generally, it’s a perspective that is not the one you start out with either.
Once I realized that simple adage, I was able to get started on a lot of things that I put off because of overthinking.
I would really spend hours, days, weeks, and sometimes months trying to think through all of the things I need to do in order to get what I thought I wanted. Most of the time I would completely miss out on the actual doing.
I still believe there is a just cause to thinking things through but I would try to get so clear on everything that I would move.
[side note] Someone told me that most people can only think through about 1 or 2 degrees of failure and that successful people can think through 3 or more. The old back up plan to the back up plan trick…
How can I get moving???
Simplicity is best.
Get an idea of what your end goal looks like. What is it that you actually want to accomplish or at least in which direction you want to see progress? Try to be very clear about your goals. Visualize the goal by either writing it down somewhere visible or using something like a vision board to stay focussed. Perhaps, use a vision statement.
From there make a decision, commit, and follow through.
Where does the clarity come in?
We learn by doing.
The best thing we can do by thinking about the problem and trying to gain clarity is to set ourselves up for what to expect. But, you won’t have really learned anything; you are just creating your best guess scenarios. That isn’t clarity at all.
My suggestion, try something and see if it works. If it doesn’t work, document what doesn’t work and move to another “try.” While you’re on that journey of trial and error, make sure you track small wins. Watch how quickly that list of small victories and moments of clarity build up to this giant and incredible narrative. Then, watch how that narrative brings clarity and life to your vision.
But where do the goals come from…
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
The critical piece here is that you’ve got to realize that having any goal is better than having no goal.
I’ve expressed in previous articles about the reason you may do any particular thing because the same principle applies. We can make the adjustments along the way.
The best part is you get to decide. Your goal can be whatever you want it to be. And!!! As you start to gain clarity from taking action, you can adjust your goals. You can check your progress against the vision that is becoming more and more clear as well.
The only thing left is to be disciplined with your time and efforts. I hate seeing when folks put in half the effort and then conclude that it just doesn’t work. You’ve got to work it. In order for you to gain clarity, you have to push through and pay attention.
Let’s be better; together,