Clarity is a vital element of success. I sometimes like to joke with my audiences that lack of clarity is the root of all evil. Well… maybe its not the root of all evil, but I do believe lack of clarity is the root of underperformance in almost any area of life.
“You can’t change your destination immediately… but what you can do is change your direction.” – Coach
Once your are clear on what you’re trying to accomplish, the plan for how to get there becomes a lot more apparent.
4 Steps for getting clear:
Think purpose, mission, legacy.
Who are you intending to become?
At the end of your life what do you want your legacy to be?
Are we leaving the kind of legacy that we want to leave?
Is your legacy something that you are going to be proud of?
What are the goals?
Are you clear on the goals you are pursing right now?
What are your goals for the next week? Month? Year? Three years? Decade?
The driving force, the motivator.
For all of your major goals, identify the reason you must reach those goals. Shoot for at least 10-12 reasons for why reaching those goals are critical.
Review your reasons why constantly.
How are we going to get from where we are now to where we want to be?
If we don’t know exactly what we are trying to accomplish, it makes it a lot harder to come up with a plan of action steps that will take us there.
One we are clear, then we start noticing opportunities, resources, people that can help us reach our goal.
A simple plan is a list of action steps that move you closer to your goal.
Acknowledge the list of actions that move you away from your goal so that you can avoid them.