I get asked this by women in business ALL the time. They are frantic with worry about not having clarity and how it’s either “stopping” them from taking any action or they are taking so much random action that they are exhausted (and often under earning). Panic not. You can get clarity and much more quickly and easily than you think.
I think that this is a great question to start with because I often find that “clarity” and “purpose” get given the same meaning. Let us untangle that belief as a first step. Not only are clarity and purpose NOT the same thing, you don’t need to know your purpose to get clarity. Phew, doesn’t that feel better?
I’ll dive in to purpose at another time, but for now let’s define clarity (from my perspective). Clarity is simply identifying your next steps. The most important, transformational and specific steps that are directly related to your goal.
Of course, I have to answer this question first. What if you don’t have a “goal” or a dream? Well I’m not going to give you one, you need to work that out for yourself. The simplest way to do this is to take a “life review”. Gift yourself a couple of hours, grab your paper and pencils, open a bottle of wine and put some music on. Declare that you will be completely honest with yourself and then ask the following questions.
Gaining clarity is now simply a case of breaking that goal down in to actionable steps. Yes, that’s it. Clarity is not something saved for those “destined for success”. Clarity is defined by those who decide that success is for THEM!
Daily Actions: Drink 2 litres of water; Limit carbs to a palm full per main meal; Vegetables at 2 meals and 10k steps per day
Weekly Actions: Work out Mon, Wed & Fri with weights.
Accountability: Keep a commitment chart to track progress and be accountable to specific friend every Sunday evening.
One Off Actions: Increase current prices by 20% immediately and choose 2 platforms on social media to focus on
Daily Actions: Be present in your own community three times daily; be present in your chosen communities twice daily
Weekly Action: Go live on Facebook page 2x week
Other: Plan a free challenge to run in this 3 month period and lead in to a specific sale
I would like to give you one final piece of advice, and this may just be the most important act of them all. I want you to REVIEW. Review your day, your week AND your month. Ask yourself questions like – what didn’t go so well today? Why do I think that is? What can I do to improve of that? Did I have fun? Did I make time for all the things that are important to me? Have I positively impacted my goals? Is this how I would like to live my life in the longer term?
Answering these questions honestly and regularly will really help to give you clarity for the longer vision.