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"Some Mondays are a dreadful way to spend...

“Some Mondays are a dreadful way to spend 1/7th of your life” ~ EXPLORED (Photo credit: turtlemom4bacon)

What a week this has been for me. It started with no clear direction or reason to be in business. Tuesday night, while the rest of my team was trying to get a new version of our Point of Sale system live, I was on a call with JT DeBolt. The call itself was scheduled for an hour and went two. From that call came one very shiny spot: I need clarity.

The need for clarity

The largest part missing from my success is not a lack of training, knowledge or skill. I can generate leads. I can make calls. I know the system. What I miss more than anything, more than a reason, more than a why, is clarity on WHAT I want to accomplish. Not some grand idea. I very clear vision, all the way down to the smell of the carpets and flowers. Every aspect of WHAT I want to accomplish. I know why I want to be in business. I know which vehicles I want to use. I do not know what the goal looks like. What is the end game?

Clarity is the process of fully defining the goals, the objectives. Clarity of purpose. Clarity of reason. Clarity of direction. Finding clarity is a journey that never ends. Clarity can change. Directions can be updated. Goals adjustable. Clarity proceeds action. Clarity pushes direction. Clarity is the force. Why is the center.

To this aim, I am striving to find clarity. I know I want to positively impact 3 people a month. I don’t yet know how. I know why. Helping people is a central part of who I am. After all, I have been a member of the National Ski Patrol for 17 years. I also have a need and desire to train others. To see others come alive and realize their potential. Now to find a target that will blend them. Helping people by showing them they are more than they ever thought possible. Helping people by showing them 99% of what they need to succeed is already inside them. They control their own destiny. They do not need to be blown about by the wind.

Simon Synek’s “Start With Why” is the right place to begin. The next step is to clearly define how to use the why and what it is that will be created. The weeks ahead are going to be something else. It will be fun. It will be scary. It will test. It will reward. Clarity is out there. Time to find it.

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