Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”
This week in had the wonderful privilege of speaking and participating at an event in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico called the ‘Extreme Dream Weekend.’ The convener of the event was noted speaker Lance Wallnau, an amazing communicator and life coach.
Part of his passion and assignment in life is to activate destiny and purpose in people and organizations through the power of clarity and revelation. He lives for when the Aha moment comes, when people or organizations get clarity on who they are, what they do, how they do it, and what is looks like when it’s done. Zig Ziglar called that moving from a working generality to a working specific.
Even though I was one of the speakers, I was impacted as much as the participants.
What impacted me was the statement: Clarity is Power.
Even though I knew this intellectually, somehow, in the six days of the conference, the meaning of clarity moved to knowledge to revelation. I got an Aha moment on clarity. Clarity moved from my head to my heart. Now the Aha of clarity needs to move to my feet.
Clarity is Power.
Clarity reveals clearly what we need to focus on right now. Clarity is discovering the matter that matters most in my life. It’s asking ourselves, “What do I want to go big on?” It’s the disciplined pursuit of doing less in order to do more, which is especially important when you get to the fifties and sixties stage of life. When strength goes down, clarity of purpose needs to come up.
Believe it or not, being busy is not cool. Josh Billings says, “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”
Have you heard of Sunk Cost Bias? It’s what you may have heard as “throwing good money after bad”, but it isn’t just about money: any type of investment you make — time, money, effort, anything — is subject to this thinking trap. If it isn’t getting you a return or just a small return, it’s time for a course correction. Many times, saying no to a good offer is an invitation to a great offer.
Lily Tomlin says, “I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.”
The problem is most of us aren’t aware of clarity of purpose early on in life. Busyness works for a while. But there comes a time when we can’t overcome in strength what we lack in wisdom any more. Ouch!
I was thinking about this idea while writing this article. Let me say it this way. Millennials, Generation Y and X, pay attention. You older people, pay attention. You have so much to offer too. Clarity is a rarity. When we clarify, we simplify. When we simplify, we amplify. When we amplify, we multiply. What do we multiply? Our benefits of our life’s purpose and contribution to everyone around you. It multiplies our effort. We get more for less. That’s being efficient.
How do you get into the flow of clarity?
Write your life’s purpose statement. Ask the following: What do you want to do? What do you need to have in order to do that? Who do you need to be to do that? Put six to twelve ideas under each category, then reduce it down to the most important. Putting down on paper a clear statement of our life’s dream and purpose helps us to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.
Lance verbally created a life statement for me from what I answered those three questions with in front of our team. Just listening to what he said inspired my life. I feel the mojo again. Juices are flowing. Life is happening. There’s hope and a spring in my step. Even at sixty-six years old. Maybe there’s a trick or two in the old dog yet. The other participants felt the way I did too.
Maybe I could summarize this article by saying…give your attention to your intention.
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