Have you ever driven the wrong way down a one way street? I used to love family road trips as a kid. When I was 10 years old, our family packed up the station wagon for a two week road trip.
We left the Midwest on our way down to Disney World. My parents loved to plan out the trip so we could find interesting stops along the way.
One of those stops was to visit Fort Sumpter near Charleston, South Carolina. This, of course, was before the days of the GPS. I remember Mom in the front passenger seat with a large paper map spread out over the dashboard.
While Mom was trying to help Dad navigate the roads of downtown Charleston, Dad had a different plan. A plan most men prefer to follow. Going with your gut.
Only this time, we found ourselves driving the wrong way down a four lane, one way street. I still remember the scene from the back seat as Dad pulled up on the sidewalk because cars in all four lanes were headed directly toward us.
Life and business can also feel like going the wrong way down a one way street. How do we avoid going the wrong way?
You avoid going the wrong way by getting clarity on the destination. Why is clarity so important? Clarity helps us prioritize the dream into an achievable goal.
I will be the first to admit that sometimes clarity comes from movement. If you have a tendency to over-analyze, then sometimes you just need to get started. But somewhere along the way, you need to poke your head up above the trees, survey the horizon, and head in a purposeful direction.
[su_pullquote]“If you are clear about what you want, the world responds with clarity.” – Loretta Staples[/su_pullquote]
Every time I get clear about what I want, I begin to see opportunities open up in front of me. The question I sometimes wonder is: “Were the opportunities there all along and maybe my world was too foggy to see them?”
This is why you should fight for clarity. Once you get clear on the goal, the steps become clear.
Six Critical Questions to Gain Clarity
Author Patrick Lencioni in his book The Advantage, offers six questions to help you fight for clarity. Do you have clarity in these areas?
- Why do we exist?
- How do we behave?
- What do we do?
- How will we succeed?
- What is most important, right now?
- Who must do what?
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