For months now I’ve been stuck in indecision regarding which way to go on a blog-related project. Okay, let’s be honest here… I have bipolar disorder, so it’s more like project”S” (plural). When I returned home from my trip to Vegas I had a fleeting moment of clarity, but confusion soon returned.
Do you ever get stuck in indecision?
But enough is enough already! I’ve allowed this to drag on for way too long. Yes, I’ve allowed it. Because the thing about clarity is that, despite what we think or how we may feel, it’s always within us.
I thought that “getting away” helped me. But it didn’t because my problem wasn’t a geographical one. My problem was that I wasn’t truly – truly – listening to myself. Instead, I was treating every idea as if it were equal to the idea I felt most passionately about. Not all thoughts are worthy of being entertained, I know this. But that didn’t stop me from ignoring my truth and considering every single idea that entered my mind. When we do this we confuse ourselves!
Clarity is a decision.
When it comes down to it, clarity is a decision we make for ourselves. Are we going to center ourselves so that we can hear the answer? Or are we going to continue to battle the ten voices in our heads saying, “yeah but what about this one?” It’s natural to question ourselves, but when we’re faced with indecision, we have to dig through the noise to reach the truth. Ask yourself what you keep going back to? Which option do you feel passionately about?
6 Tips to Increase Clarity
- Meditate: Sit alone in silence with your thoughts each day for a few minutes (10-20). This will help center you and bring you closer to your truth. It will help you sift through all the noise.
- Use Visualization: Once you’ve narrowed your options down to two or three (perhaps using a pros and cons list?), visualize what your life will look like in six months and a year if you were to choose each option. How do each of these options make you feel?
- Come Back to It: Walk away, take a break and come back to it in a day or two (or a week) with a fresh pair of eyes. You’ll have a different perspective and be able to view the decision or project objectively once again.
- Remove Clutter: Mental and physical clutter make it more difficult to concentrate. Take a little time to free-up mental space and clean-up your immediate surroundings. Participate in some more centering activities, like meditation (above), yoga or deep breathing. What clears your mind?
- Give Yourself a Deadline: There comes a point when enough is enough and A direction is better than NO direction. So if you’ve been stuck for a while, you may even consider implementing a deadline for yourself.
- Ask a Friend: Ask someone close to you for their honest opinion. Since you already know the answer, if their opinion differs from yours, you’ll likely feel an uncomfortable twinge. And if it agrees with yours you may feel relief. Pay attention to your reaction.
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What do you do when you need to gain clarity? And what’s your biggest productivity hack?