Leaders with clarity are like the Loch Ness Monster. Even when you see one, you’re not sure they’re real.
Confusion is good when you stop and reflect. Confusion is dangerous when you put your head down and pedal harder.
The wrong question:
“What should I do?” is the wrong first question. There are a million things you could do. Five hundred thousand are perfectly acceptable.
You amplify confusion when you multiply options.
The first question to clarity is about identity, not options.
Before you ask, “What should I do?” ask, “Who am I?” Who you are informs what you do. Identity determines function.
“Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do.” Frances Hesselbein
You can’t do the ‘right’ thing until you know who you are. I’m not talking about morals. I’m talking about what’s right for you.
#1. Who do you aspire to become?
Take the ‘who am I’ question to the next level. Who do you aspire to become? Reflect on how you want to contribute to the world. What will be true of the world if you achieve your aspirations?
Don’t focus on organizations and bank accounts. Focus on people. How will the world be better if you achieve your aspirations?
#2. What do you love?
I met a leader yesterday who has loved the weather since he was seven. He works for NOAA. He said, “I can’t believe I get to do this every day.” He’s probably related to the Loch Ness Monster.
#3. What are your talents?
You were born with aptitudes and inclinations. Don’t get into needlework if you hate details.
#4. What opportunities are available?
Clarity comes as you step forward. Don’t wait for perfect opportunities.
Clarity is saying ‘yes’ to a few things and ‘no’ to a million good things.
How might people find clarity in a confusing world?
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