How lack of clarity kills consistency

There is so much noise out there right now.

Various forms of media bombard us throughout the day, everyday.  Social media has amplified this bombardment who knows how many times.

It’s like our brains are attached to a fire hose of information that never turns off.

We also have a lot of noise inside our own heads – further encouraged by this deluge of social media.

All of this contributes to an epidemic of lack of clarity as to why we should do the things we should do to become the people we want to become.

Or… this lack of clarity scrambles the signals regarding what we should want to become in the first place.

We allow others’ priorities to become our priorities and we lose sight of the life we want to live.

Consequently, we lose clarity and lose focus and lose consistency.

How Lack of Clarity is a Consistency Killer

If you’re not clear on why you are doing what you’re doing, then you’ll struggle with being consistent.

Yes, being unclear on what to do and how to do it also undercuts your efforts at being consistent at important practices, but it’s the ‘Why’ that really nails us.

You and I must get crystal clear on why we are doing something before that something will have an emotional driver.

The good thing is that we might discover that some things we’re worried about doing aren’t that important to us.  I, for instance, have decided a marathon is not on my list of priorities. It used to be because a bunch of other people were making it a bucket list type of thing.

I realized my ‘why’ for becoming healthy wasn’t about running 26.2 miles. It was more about becoming strong and vigorous and healthy.

How to Achieve Clarity

One thing you can practice in order to ground yourself in a clear ‘why’ is to ask yourself this question about any transformational habit you feel is important:

  • Why do I want to do this?

Then, after you answer that question, ask yourself this question:

  • No, really, why do I want to do this?
  • Or… Okay, then why do I want that result?

Then, after that, ask this question:

  • Again… why do I want to do that?

I learned this idea the other day from my friend and Bible study leader, Ed.  He is in process improvement and calls it the “5 Whys”.  He says it usually takes asking the question 5 times before you hit bedrock – the real reason why you want to do something or the real reason for the problem (when you use the 5 Whys for problem solving).

Give it a shot. Ask “Why?” And then ask it again.  See if you gain some bit of clarity.

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