Clarity: Ruminate, Reflect, Refine, Repeat

Clarity"It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."

~ Thomas Sankara


I have been struggling for some time with clarity…clarity about what I want in life…clarity about my true dreams, passions, and purpose. How do I decide what I really want in my life? How do I decide which path to pursue? As I examine this lack of clarity, I have come to the realization that there are probably a few people out there who feel the same way.

I am a life-long learner. I can become interested in almost anything and I will research, study, examine, and practice it until I am fully immersed in it. I have a thirst for knowledge, an insatiable need to know all about things. But…

I can get interested in almost anything, and there are usually far too many things that I am pursuing at any one time to enable me to focus and really gain some traction with just one or a few. Thus, I find myself moving from thing to thing, developing goal after goal, dream after dream, but not seeing anything clearly…I am not finding understanding about where I want to go…what I want to do with my life.

So I have decided to try an experiment, and I am writing this just as I have made the decision…I have not started yet, and so I am inviting those of you who are finding yourselves in a similar situation to join me in this experiment.

I am going to develop some clarity about what I want in my life. I am going to use an iterative process. I am going to think about what I want in my life. I am going to write down all of the things that I think I want. I am going to think hard about them…then…

I will reflect on the things I have written. I will look for understanding of why I want them. I will try to stay away from the “how” they will come to be. Leaving the “how” out of it will help me to remain wide open to all possibilities. (After all, the “how” is the responsibility of the Universe…I just need to know “what”…and a strong “why” is always good for motivation and inspiration.)

After reflection I will make refinements to what I want. Perhaps my why is not strong enough for some of the things I want. I can either change my why, or change what I want. In either case, I will refine what I have written…trying all the time to become clear on the true what that will be my life.

Then it is time to reflect again. Gaining understanding of my dreams, desires, and goals is exactly what I am looking for from this experiment. Understanding, to me, provides clarity…and clarity is what I want.

I plan to repeat these steps as many times as necessary to enable me to gain that clarity.

Will you join me in this? Will you work on gaining clarity in what you want in and from your life? Will you refine you “what” and your “why?” Should you decide to join me, please leave a comment and let us know how it is going. I will be putting this exercise high on my priority list. Once I have some clarity, then I will know if I am on the right track, or if I am just spinning my wheels.

Good luck with this…




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