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Road to Clarity

Updated: Feb 27

By Marielle Métrailler

Thank you for interrupting your feed scrolling. I genuinely appreciate you for stopping by this article. Let me invite you to take a short break in your busy day to embark on your personal road to Clarity.

Most people will carve out time for a coaching session having their heads full of problems big and small, concerns, and gigantic “to-do” lists. Yet they lack the clarity needed to focus on what matters. If this is your case, let’s take a deep breath and put all of it to the side for a minute. It’s not going away, and you can have it all back. Let’s get started!

Imagine for a moment that you were an eagle flying over your life.

Your eyes are sharp, and you can see far into the past and the future. The sky is blue, and you see the ups and downs of your life. Maybe, you can see how some of them shaped the person you have become. You can also see the future that is being created now in the present.

As you are this eagle flying over your life, take a glance at your present. What are some of the things that you are doing that matter? What will have an impact on whom you are becoming in the future? What are some of the small worries that you won’t even remember in one week’s time?

As this eagle, have another look at all the paths in front of you. You will see how your future is shaped by where you focus your attention in the present. Take another deep breath, and when you are ready, come back to your present. Now that you had this experience, what has changed? Do you feel a clear sense of what to do next?

Most of us are so entangled in the weeds of our daily activities that we lose perspective of what matters. The road to clarity requires us to take a couple of steps back and look at the big picture, taking our “eagle” view. The more hectic our lives are, the more critical it is to slow down to take the time to choose how we are going to spend our time. Our time is finite. Tasks are infinite. So, what is your single most crucial priority just right now?

From the weeds, we tend to do so much without a clear understanding of what we want to do or where we want to go. Once you have a clear sense of what you want, the how will take shape. Once you clearly know where you want to go, possible paths to get there will become clear. In other words, focus on what you want before you try to understand how to get there. As Albert Einstein said it so well: “If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.”

What is the problem you are trying to solve, the goal you ambition to achieve? Take the time you need to define these. This will empower you to synthesize your road to clarity. The beauty of this path is that clarity is not fixed. It evolves, and you can redefine it as often as you need. Therefore, it is a journey, not a destination.

What nugget from this article will you take with you in your next activity?


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