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From Knowing the “WHY” to Finding Clarity

It’s hard to make decisions that get you where you want to go when your brain is foggy and you’re filled with indecision. To the point that you can’t finish a thought, let alone something on your to-do list, your inner monologue may sound overwhelming. The value of a positive attitude is spoken about by many people, but it is better to have a simple mindset. It is the secret to success. When we are unsure of who we are and what we want, so much of our brain space gets taken up. The best way to add certainty to your life is through mental clarity.

Why does your “WHY” matter?

When life hands you a challenge, it’s important to take the challenge seriously and, rather than shy away from it, use it to your advantage. This helps you find the passion, resolve, and strength you may not have known you had. Similarly, a strong sense of purpose helps you to concentrate your energies on what matters most, pushing you to take chances and step ahead regardless of the odds or barriers.

We humans crave more from life than mere survival, unlike animals, which are merely motivated to survive. Knowing your why is a vital first step in finding out how to accomplish the goals that excite you and create a life that you enjoy living. The German philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche once said, 

He who has a why can survive any how.‘ 

Indeed, you will find the confidence to take the risks necessary to get ahead, stay motivated when the chips are down, and shift your life onto an entirely different, more difficult, and more fulfilling direction only when you know your ‘why’.

You seem to live a more fulfilling existence when you know the purpose of your life than those who don’t. You tend to live to the fullest every day, because you know who you are, where you come from and where you go. The advantages of living a life guided by intent are obvious. You start living positively when you live your life with a sense of purpose and start looking for new opportunities. You get to experience everything that you hope can make a difference.

Does this seem too much to read and streamline? Here is a short video snippet for you which makes it more easy to understand.

3 Benefits of Clarity

If you want to understand your organisation better, here are three reasons you should put in the time and effort with a clear headset.

  1. Clarity replaces stress is with peace and confidence

Even if something seems ambiguous or difficult to understand on the surface, the ambiguity or lack of clarity may be creating a muddled state of confusion and uncertainty that’s sweeping through the whole company. when the cause is unclear and the ‘why’ is unknown, people will go their own way and try to understand the connections between what they’re doing and the impact on others. This can lead to great stress for everyone involved.

  • Will I be blamed if I get the question wrong?
  • What if they’re not headed in the direction I want to go?
  • What if I violate my boundaries?

There is a feeling of confidence and freedom that comes when you know where you stand and where you are headed. The goal of clarity is to get rid of the “what if” nagging anxiety that keeps people jumping from task to task.

The clarity of the goal also provides a motivation to keep going when things get difficult because it reminds us of why we decided to begin and gives us the motivation to see the job through. It helps us to stay strong when things get destructive, and we are able to stand up for ourselves and our ideas if we are needed.

  1. With a clearer understanding, effective decision making is facilitated

Even if you don’t have a clear, well-defined framework for mission, goals, and values, making decisions is left to arbitrary judgments and thoughts.

By completing the work required to gain clarity, you also answer the broader questions, which feed into the smaller ones. It makes it easier to say ‘yes’ to things that fit and more difficult to say ‘no’ to things that don’t. It serves as a great tool for strategic planning, setting goals, crafting protocols and policies, as well as making key decisions and resolving conflicts.

  1. Clarity brings out the best in everyone, helping people work toward greater accomplishments

During a conversation with employees or volunteers, it is a relatively simple task to determine how much work management has done or not done to enhance clarity in an organisation.

  • Is team morale in decline?
  • Do individuals achieve the bare minimum?
  • Are teams ineffective and unproductive?

A lack of clarity can lead to all of these dispiriting scenarios.

To think about clarity in this context, think of it as food. When you withhold your generosity, you create an environment where people cannot flourish. People begin to feel like they are a part of something greater, which empowers them to perform at their full potential. With clarity the workplace becomes a place where-

  • Everyone knows exactly what is expected of them.
  • Direction is straightforward.
  • Clear pathways to conflict management are made.
  • Goals are clearly set.

If you have not explained stuff in your own head, you can’t expect workers or volunteers to understand or be inspired. The ground surface that enables creativity to flourish is defined by clarity. People also feel more secure and less isolated when using dynamics that are oriented.