01 Aug Finding Clarity
You may have heard me say ‘Clarity is Everything.’ And that’s certainly true. It is clarity that forms strategy, strategy that precedes blueprint and blueprints that lay out the specific sequences that build our reality. That’s true in business and in your personal life; it’s how our lives are created from the fabric of reality.
You may not have heard me say that finding clarity can be … uncomfortable. It can be tricky. It can be painful! That’s another way of say that growth can be painful or that change can be painful.
There are very few humans that find a lack of knowledge to be truly comfortable. Most people find the unknown to be a scary and forbidding place. Some people find a lack of clarity, whether it’s about some aspect of their business or personal life, to be painful and even traumatic.
Imagine this lunchtime conversation.
‘How’s everything going with your husband?’
‘I don’t know. I’m not sure. Frankly, I’m totally unclear’
Does that second person sound happy?! No. And how about this business conversation?
‘How that’s report coming, are you going to deliver on time?’
‘I don’t know. I’m not sure. Frankly, I’m totally unclear about it’
Again, that second person, dazed and confused, doesn’t sound happy.
And yet, you must be prepared to feel uncomfortable, to go through the pain, the fear and trauma to come out on the other side.
How to Get Clarity
Now don’t get me wrong, as a man I can’t really know what my wife went through when she gave birth to our children. All I can say is ‘Well done!’ and ‘Thank you!’ and other totally inadequate expressions of support. Nevertheless, finding clarity is sort of like giving birth. New ideas, it seems, don’t always pop out easily. They are taxing and frustrating and uncomfortable and sometimes painful and frankly, messy when they first emerge.
OK, this analogy is losing traction. Let’s move on!
The point is that this past week, I’ve been going through another, sometimes uncomfortable evolution. My business, which is a state of constant growth and change, has gone through another growth spurt. I’d like to tell you I handled it gracefully and with amazing aplomb but that’s not really true.
Yesterday, as these new ideas swarmed around in my head in an as yet unborn state, I was a bit of a mess. I was pretty much useless for work. I felt ratty and low-energy and foggy and unclear.
Rather than fight it, however, I did my best to lean in. And that’s how to get clarity.
The Answer Emerges
This morning, after some time passed, after some great conversations happened with the wonderful people who support and surround me (thanks must go to friends and family), I emerged from the uncomfortable cocoon.
Something happened while I slept and now, the morning after, I’m suddenly clear.
The butterfly has emerged! I know that it only happened in such a short period of time because I was prepared to feel the feelings. So many people resist those feelings of pain, discomfort and the potential trauma of change which in turn draws them out or simply repressing them, which is another way of saying ‘Please pop out later at some less convenient time and place’
We’re now 70% through our new strategic evolution. It’s all over but the writing, as I transcribe my mind maps into our Life Summit Blueprint format. The hard work is done!
So let me ask you – what is your process for finding clarity. Do you embrace the uncomfortable process as the ideas emerge? Feel free to comment in the blog area below.