How to Get Clear on Where You’re Going

The BeautyofClarityYou hear lots of folks talking about the importance of having a clear vision, clear priorities and clear goals in order to be living a joyful, fulfilling life – but do you really understand how critical this is?

Clarity gives you energy, a sense of purpose, focus when making decisions, and a sense of both relaxation and joy.

Without clarity about where you’re headed, you are doomed to slog along endlessly without getting anywhere you really want to be.

So what does having clarity mean?  It means you have both destination and a map!

  • You have a clear vision for what you want to achieve.
  • You make it a priority to do the things that need doing in order to reach your vision.
  • You have identified the obstacles that stand in your way.
  • You have identified strategies for moving around/over/through your obstacles.
  • You are jettisoning those things that don’t serve you and your clear vision.
  • You are committed to reaching your vision (or something even better!)

Now you may be saying “But I’m NOT CLEAR on my vision, so how do I get this clarity?”

My short answer is to hire a life coach , but you can do clarity work on your own as well.

Here’s how to get started!

 

Sit down with your journal or a pad of paper and ask yourself the following questions:

1.  “What do I really, really want?”  Listen closely for the answer and write it down.

Rachel is clear that she wants to improve her health.  She’s put on an extra 15 pounds over the past couple of years. Her blood pressure is too high.  She feels sluggish and exhausted a lot of the time, and like she’s running to stand still.  She knows this is impacting all of the other areas of her life.

2.  “What can I do to create that now?”  List all of the ideas you have for how you can begin to take actions to create what you want.

Rachel decides to cut out all processed foods, fast foods, white bread, soft drinks and sweets from her diet.  She decides to incorporate a daily 15-30 minute walk into her schedule every day.  She commits to eating a salad with every dinner.

3.  “How will I know when I get there?”  List the criteria you will use to know when you’ve achieved what you want.

Rachel sets some clear goals to be achieved over the next three months:  to lose the extra 15 pounds, to bring her blood pressure into the healthy range, and to bring her energy level up so she’s got the oomph to do the things she wants to do.

4.  “What do I need to get rid of in order to make this vision a priority?”  List the things in your life right now that are holding you back from your vision.

Rachel decides to get rid of non-nutritious foods in her pantry.  She also commits to watching TV for one hour or less per night because she knows it’s doing nothing for her energy, peace of mind, or health.

5.  “How can I remind myself every day that this is my new vision?”  List systems and structures you can put in place to set yourself up for success.

Rachel knows she’ll be tempted to eat forbidden foods and to skip days of walking, so she sets herself up for success by setting time aside each week to plan her menus and shopping, so she knows she’ll have healthy foods on hand to make it easier on her to make healthy choices.  She recruits a friend as a walking partner and they agree to meet each morning before work to walk for at least 15 minutes.

She also spends a few minutes each day, while she’s brushing her teeth, to remind herself of her commitment to herself and to visualize what her life will look like when she’s achieved these goals.


 

This is a very short introduction to creating more clarity in your life.  I truly hope you’ll take it to heart and give the exercises a try.  I’d love to hear about both your success and your challenges.

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