The Power of Clarity


I recently bought a house and feel like the past eight weeks have been all about choosing paint, texture, tile, granite, and bathroom fixtures. For those of you who know me well, you know this doesn't fit my definition of fun. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit that my house was already in great condition so none of this had to be done. As others have commented on the pace and intensity with which I completed the unpacking and remodeling, I realized my underlying motivation. Contrary to what people thought, it wasn't about getting it done as fast as possible. This was more about successfully completing a multi-phased move that began two-and-a-half years ago. And now that I'm on the other side of it, I am thrilled to have a place I can call home again for years and an inviting space to spend quality time with my family and friends.

This whole experience reminded me about the power of clarity, a concept that people often underestimate. Simply put, when you can envision what you want and understand what makes it so important to you, it can give you that extra motivation to just get it done. It can help you rise above the task and connect to the bigger picture. So, if you find yourself procrastinating or stuck on an important goal, ask yourself:

  • What's so important about achieving this goal or resolving this issue?

  • What would it feel like to achieve it? Describe it in details

  • How can I help others understand what this is about for me?

Spending just a few minutes to answer these questions may give you more insight about yourself, allow you to engage others in supporting you, and ultimately motivate you to go for it. Remember, a little bit of clarity can go a long way.


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