Building Community Through Better Relationships

Clarity: Near-Sighted Guides & Dark Paths

A highly competent professional wants to accelerate her career progress. She has earned accolades and bonuses. She has demonstrated leadership and proven to be a team player. And, she now wants to take a big leap forward. She wants to use her formidable skills and ambition to create exceptional value for herself and her organization. But first, something must change!

What must fundamentally change is her mindset. Fulfilling potential is important. Giving it all she has is routine. Maximizing created value is rewarding. But, to adjust her thinking for success, what she needs most of all is clarity! So, what exactly does clarity mean?

• What about my needs?
The first step to maximizing individual value is to value yourself individually. Identify your personal success characteristics. This approach does not emphasize being selfish. It requires placing your needs at the forefront of your development and objectives. Before you can give your all to an employer or organization, you must know that you have a lot to give. Specifically attend to your self-development needs and confidently developing your strengths. As a result of coaching, mentoring, visualizing or goal-setting, explicitly identify steps and then, progress toward your highest priority needs. Best of all, these improved strengths will stay with you wherever you go.

• Who speaks into your life?
The next step for clarity focuses on inputs that you accept. Clarity is attained by listening to people who have clear insight to what you seek to achieve. Pay close attention to who speaks into your life. Know clearly the character residing in whoever is delivering advice and direction. Before accepting guidance from teachers, bosses, clergy, parents, peers, and significant others, be certain that they thoroughly understand and respect your personal goals. Avoid individuals who want to limit your vision because of their own insecurities. Be intentional about who has the privilege to contributing to your success. Their intentions do not necessarily have to be pure, but both of your intentions must be aligned toward achieving results that you have explicitly identified for your singular benefit.

• Who does not speak into your life?
Equally important to determining who speaks into your life, is being intentional about who may not speak into your life. Clarity emerges by ignoring dissenting voices that contradict your fundamental character and personal ethics. Regardless of how highly you may regard a particular leader, or personality, their influence on your aspirations must serve your vision for success. Clarity requires firmly and singularly adhering to your personal values, risk tolerance and ambition. Voices that do not contribute to reinforcing those parameters are unhealthy at best, and dangerous at worst. Don’t let titles, achievements, family relationships, or reputations distract you. If any voice does not reinforce the core values that you require to achieve success, silence it.

Clarity requires knowing your destination. Road blocks will appear and need to be negotiated. Upon considering additional information and supportive input, you can always alter your direction. Nevertheless, clarity is essential to progressing toward and achieving goals, because the alternative is stumbling in the dark.

Anyone who desires to fulfill a greater destiny singularly knows their heart, ambition and tenacity. These traits are necessary to reach their ultimate potential. But, clarity will pave the way. Be clear about the goals that you desire. Then pursue them like your life depends on it. Because eventually your life does depend on achieving your goals.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” ~Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond
Thanks ADW


November 24, 2014 - Posted by | Better Communication, Better Person | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Another outstanding job, Mr. Hunter!

    Comment by Frank Lawing | December 31, 2014 | Reply

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