Having ‘clarity’ will inform not just your work but everything else in your life. It informs you on why you do what you do, why you relish it and where you are headed. For those that find the concept too abstract, it basically means having a clear idea of your purpose in life. This concept is one of the most important aspects of the human condition (if not the) but is also often the most difficult to obtain.
As we try to simplify this heavy handed concept, clarity doesn’t always have to start as something difficult (philosophical, existential, or even overly analytical), it can start by simply asking yourself “what do I want?”. Yeah, we know – not the easiest question to answer. For some it takes years and others a lifetime!
Regardless, having clarity will help inform your timeline in multiple scales; your goals in the long run -which can cover decades- but also how you carry yourself from day to day. Having strong clarity will ground you and will act as a compass when you are lost or when things don’t go your way. With strong clarity, you will be able to brush off failures, pick yourself up and continue your purpose.
You can find clarity by identifying what compels you greatly, what moves you to take action, what gets you excited etc. If you have too many interests, you can cut yourself some slack and follow something that can be financially beneficial as at least, it will provide material support and more time to ponder on the question.
If it’s hard to find clarity, we can recommend you to think of it in the extreme. Okay, ready? imagine if you cease to exist…what would you like your legacy to be? or if someone told you you only have x amount of time to live, what would you regret the most in not doing? If you have some form of response to these questions, that can be a great way to get closer to the truth.
Another upside of having clarity is that it creates a good life. Much more sustainable and reliable than happiness! As the saying goes: “Don’t look for happiness – look for meaning.” And having clarity is a good place to start.
So we wanted to ask you: when did you find your clarity and what’s your ‘why’?