If we understand why clarity is important, we can move forward. It sounds simple but it is true. Clarity rules.
- Clarity will determine whether a company responds to changing conditions or falls further back.
- Clarity will determine whether an individual takes the steps to move forward or flounders in mediocrity.
- Clarity will determine whether the population of a country will stand up for their rights or be suppressed by an iron fist.
- Clarity will determine whether a newly married couple will move forward in harmony or devolve into dysfunction.
Clarity, is at the heart of my coaching engagements. You need to gain increasing clarity about yourself and your situation so you can take the right actions to get where you want to go and not keep getting tripped up all the time.
“Free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression”: Wordnet, Princeton University
“The quality of being clear and easy to understand”: Cambridge University Press c. 2004
“Clearness” Roget’s New Millenium Thesaurus c. 2005
Synonyms: accuracy, brightness, certainty, cognizability, comprehensibility, conspicuousness, decipherability, definition, directness, distinctness, evidence, exactitude, exactness, explicability, explicitness, intelligibility, legibility, limpidity, limpidness, lucidity, manifestness, obviousness, openness, overtness, palpability, penetrability, perceptibility, perspicuity, plainness, precision, prominence, purity, salience, simplicity, tangibility, transparency, unambiguity, unmistakability – Roget’s New Millenium Thesaurus c. 2005
Antonyms: distortion, fog, fuzziness, haze, obscurity, opacity, unclearness – Roget’s New Millenium Thesaurus c. 2005
Three Levels of Clarity
- Absolute Truth – Those truths that don’t change, no matter what you decide to believe about them. Biblical truth would be the perfect example. That God created men and women in His own image is an absolute truth.
- Objective Facts – You have refused to talk with your sister for 8 years. We could talk to your sister and verify that as a fact.
- Assumptions – This is where most people spend most of their life. You assume something to be true. You assume your sister never wants to talk to you again. You assume she is impossible to talk to. You assume your relationship can never be repaired. That is not a fact. It is an assumption.
Being clear about what you think and what you do is a critical step in taking responsibility for your current actions. Clarity allows you the freedom to design better possibilities for future action that will get you to where you or your organization wants to go.
Every effort at moving forward must start with clarity. We must start with what is … the truth. The Bible says the truth will set you free. This has been repeated throughout history. When people have heard, seen or experienced the truth, they have surged forward with new ideas, renewed passion and vigor, improved laws and approaches. The truth set them free.
Lies and incomplete truth lead to bondage. They hold us back. They can hold companies and entire nations back.
Always seek to start with truth. See things as they are. Take responsibility as the truth points to you. Be honest about what you think and how you feel. Be honest about your attitudes and areas where you find yourself resisting. Then you will be able to move forward with clearer direction, focus and distinct outcomes in mind.