Clarity of Purpose Is A Magical Gift
“A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success” – Steve Maraboli
Okay, I have to confess that this happens to me a lot. I walk into a room to do something specific – maybe I go into the kitchen to grab the dirty dish towels to put in my load of laundry. Then something catches my attention and I think, “Oh, I have to water this plant”. Minutes go by. I have forgotten all about the towels and laundry. I wander into another room with the goal to water another plant, and I get distracted by something else. At the end of the day, I have all of these half finished ideas and projects. Does this happen to anyone else?
Clarity can be hard to come by in today’s busy world. The speed of change is getting faster and faster. How do you slow down to see what is important?
“When you have clarity of intention, the universe conspires with you to make it happen” – Fabienne Fredrickson
Let your imagination wander to what situation in life would be fun, yet also produce instantaneous clarity? The genie with the proverbial three wishes. There he is waiting for you to say what you want. Can you just feel your mind sorting through every wish list that you have ever created? What would be the three most important things you would wish for? With the genie sitting there waiting for the wishes, nothing would distract you.
“Lets go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday” – Steve Jobs
Clarity of purpose is a mighty tool. The clearer you are about “exactly” what you want, the more your brain will work on how to attract it into your life. The problem is that most of us have “squirrel thinking”. You let the distractions take you out of what you came into the room to do.
“Your dreams are a poetic reflection of your soul’s wishes. Make this the day you take the first step in the beautiful journey of bringing your dreams to life” – Steve Maraboli
My dog had a squirrel as her nemesis. That squirrel could side line her from anything she was doing. She would be so intent on something in the yard, and the squirrel would climb on the telephone pole and immediately distract her. Her food, her treat, her toy, everything was forgotten for the chance that the squirrel would magically fall down the pole into her waiting paws or jaws as the case may be.
“Breathe. The universe is taking care of everything else” – Unknown
What are your squirrels? Mine are exciting new ideas or possibilities. I will be working on a project and a new idea will pop into my mind. Now I am off to research what I can do with it. I am down the rabbit hole and exploring a new universe.
Meanwhile the project I was on is forgotten, half finished and gathering dust bunnies. These half finished projects that you have take up mental space until they are completed. Have you ever noticed for example when you get one of them finished how uplifted you feel? This is because the “weight” of the project has been lifted off of your mind. Pay attention the next time you complete something that your mind or your partner has been nagging at you to get done. You will feel it. What can you do to corral your brain, if you don’t have the magic lamp and genie with three wishes captivating your attention?
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper” – W.B. Yeats
I first heard of this idea at a seminar – it’s called “a parking lot”. Have a folder in which you capture the gist of the idea down on paper and then you put it in the folder, and park it. This way you don’t lose the idea, but are able to go back and keep your focus on what you were doing. That way you don’t get sidetracked from what you are doing. By capturing it, you can release it for later. Then on a regular basis you go through the folder. You can prioritize what needs to remain in the parking lot, and what should go on the “to do” list.
Years ago I went to see Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Estate. They had a man made pond at the back of the house. The property runs alongside Potomac River. One of the things they did for food was fish the river. As we know, fish bite when they want to, not at your convenience. So they would bring the fish still alive from the river and put them in the pond. Then when they wanted fish for dinner, they just had to scoop out what the cook wanted. That is what your mental parking lot is like. You park the ideas your mind generates there, and when you are ready for them you can grab them and explore where they go.
“If you’re feeling good, then you’re creating a future that’s on track with your desires. If you’re feeling bad, you’re creating a future that’s off track with your desires. As you go about your day, the law of attraction is working in every second. Everything we think and feel is creating our future. If you’re worried or in fear, then you’re bringing more of that into your life throughout the day” – Rhonda Byrne
I have put several paper tablets in various rooms of the house. I will go into the room to do a specific thing, and then an idea will pop into my head. I used to think that I had to do that thing now, or I would forget to do it later. Now I can park the idea on the paper tablet, and do the thing I actually came into the room to do. If I am at work I use the note pad on my phone to jot down the idea. It emails the list to me automatically at home, and I can print it or write it down in the folder.
“Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that you can make anything happen” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If the “squirrel” is a request from someone to attend an event, collaborate on a new project with them etc…, then I try to filter the request through a “time priority sieve” or funnel. What else have I got on my plate that I am already committed to? How much “free time” do I have to commit to this new request? Is this request going to contribute in some way to my current years goals, or will it take needed time away from them? I find that sometimes even though I would love to commit to their request, I have to say “no thank you”. Otherwise the important things I really need to do get pushed aside and my goals don’t get accomplished.
“Each day has a magical moment that helps us to change and sends us out to make our dreams come true” – Paulo Coelho
Now if the Genie would just pop up and grant me three wishes – or maybe our modern day Genie, “The Lotto” would finally give me some winning numbers.