Seeking and Finding Clarity

Did you ever have an experience where a particular word kept coming up in your life? I pay attention when this happens because I know that means there’s a message I’m supposed to be getting.

The word CLARITY has appeared repeatedly in my life over the past 6 months or so. I’ve heard a number of speakers who’ve talked about clarity, and I’ve experienced that word over and over again in our Protecting Goals Program. In fact, one of the most powerful parts of that program reminds me: “As you begin your drive to achieve, the greatest challenge that lies before you is not hard work, money, or time. The greatest challenge is clarity.”

Most of us blame time (and sometimes money) when we’re not achieving what we want to achieve in our lives. How often do we really ask ourselves whether or not our life’s purpose and our goals are clear? Do you have clarity in your life? Do you know who you are? Do you know what you stand for? Do you know where you’re going? Do you know what goals you want to achieve this year?

I’ve thought a lot about this recurring theme in my life and am realizing how important clarity is. I see this time and time again with our coaching clients and those who participate in our Protecting Goals Showcase. Most of the people who work with SOS Leadership are seeking clarity. When they clarify their purpose in life and the goals they want to achieve, they begin making the progress they want to make and are capable of making.

Finding clarity in our lives means finding answers to life’s big questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What gifts and talents do I have to offer to the world?
  • What am I here for? What is my purpose in life?
  • What matters most in my life?
  • How can I make a difference?
  • What goals have I clearly defined? How am I making progress toward my goals?

Finding clarity is not easy. In fact, I find it to be one of life’s ongoing challenges because as our circumstances change, so do our priorities…and thus, our once clearly defined goals become blurry.

One lesson I have learned and I know to be true, you cannot find clarity in your life unless you actively seek it. And when you find clarity, you must continue to define your reality and strive to achieve your goals. You do not seek clarity and find it just once in your life. It is a continuous exploration that will challenge you to think deeply about who you are and what matters most to you.

Keep asking yourself the tough questions, and challenge yourself to continue seeking clarity. Clarity, like many things in our life, is a journey, not a once-and-for-all destination.

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