It can also trigger all sorts of other negative feelings like self-doubt, self-criticism and feeling unfulfilled, to name but a few.
Those things will fuel that cycle of lack of clarity even more and can create more confusion.
This cycle persists unless you find a way to break it.
A simple, but very effective, way to start breaking that cycle and get on the path to clarity is this:
Put your computer, phone, gadgets, apps and any other gizmo you use to micro manage yourself down. Step away from the gadgets!
Then grab yourself some paper and pen. Yes, the humble and simple paper and pen is going to help you break the cycle and take the first steps to getting more clarity. Here’s how:
Write the thing that you want to get more clarity on at the top of the piece of paper. (I like to use a notebook that I can keep all my thoughts in one place over a period of time and refer back to. But just a scrap of paper is fine too).
Then allow yourself a few minutes to let your mind wander and process around that topic. Don’t try and force it or to leap to knowing “how” at this stage. Just allow yourself time to think and mull it over.
The reason this is important is because all too often a big part of the problem with lack of clarity is that you just don’t have time and mental space to think and process.
We live in world that is far too over-busy and over-scheduled. You won’t get clarity if you are permanently in that state.
Your brain needs time and space to think to get clarity. And the blank piece of paper is helping you do that.
When it feels right for you, start to write your thoughts and whatever is coming up for you down on the paper. Let it flow and morph into ideas, self-questioning, considering options, working through pros and cons. Have fun with it. Challenge yourself.
Don’t worry if nothing comes to you straight away. Be patient. Play with it. Don’t be attached to getting clarity immediately. See it as a process. A bit like peeling an onion – there are different layers you need to cut through to get to the core of it. Maybe it will take a few attempts before the clarity starts to evolve for you. Choose to be at peace with that.
Use what comes out of this exercise to inform the next small steps you could take to move forward.
Making clarity a priority will serve you in many ways and on many different levels. Here is an important one to keep in mind:
The more clarity you have the more clear the action you need to take will be. The more clear and specific the action you take is, the better the results you want to achieve will be.
Have fun playing with this simple but powerful way to break the cycle and take the first steps to getting on the path to clarity.
This simple tool might not be the latest in bright, shiny, high tech, wizzy objects. But do not underestimate the power of the humble paper and pen as part of the process. Often it is the simplest of tools that deliver the most effective solutions.
Let me know how you get on with this exercise in the comments below, and any other views and experiences you have on getting clarity.