noun. the centre of interest or activity; the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.
verb. adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly; pay particular attention to.
Clarity. Focus. Perspective.
Through a period of chaos, crisis and uncertainty, we have carved out the time and the space to pause, reflect and clarify lots of things about ourselves and our lives.
Through lots of coaching over the last few years I am very clear on who I am, my values, my vision, my vision and my purpose. I am clear on the impact I want to have and on the legacy I want to create.
I have worked on the clarity of my thinking and the clarity of my communication.
I usually blog each morning to start my day, but this morning I was clear that my time and energy at the start of my day would be spent on action. I made commitments at #DiverseEd on Saturday which I want to see through to start the week with clarity of what I can do to be an inclusive ally.
So my reflections today are short and sharp, but hopefully still clear.
C = Connection and communication which lead to conviction and certainty.
“Clarity and Simplicity are the antidotes to complexity and uncertainty”.
General George Casey
L= Leadership and learning
“Clarity of mind means clarity of passion too: this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves”.
A = Agency and action
“Clarity breeds mastery. And the goals you set drive the actions you’ll take”.
R = Reflection and resilience
“Clarity affords focus”.
I = Integrity and impact
“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal”.
T = Trust and time
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24 hour days”. Unknown.
Y = You
“Emotions cloud our clarity”.
Clarity for me is knowing who you are, knowing what you belief in, knowing what you stand for, knowing what you will leave for.
Clarity is knowing what you want and need, alongside what you do not want and need in your life.
Clarity is knowing what energises and lifts you, as well knowing what drains you.
Clarity is knowing yourself and about doing the inner work, to be able to do the outer work.
Clarity is about letting the haze clear or the storm settle, to focus and see a new perspective.
I was on a resilience leaders elements coaching call last week and we were discussing our metaphors for clarity and I shared my visual of a snow shaker. Everything inside remains the same, but sometimes it needs a good shake, it needs time to settle, for a new focus to emerge.