Clarity: A Cure for Inaction
Updated: Jan 13, 2020
I am an IT Business Analyst. What I do is work with customers, primarily the leaders and influencers of our organisation, to figure out where their business is currently at and then continue to work with them to find out what they want this business to look like in the future. Only when I get this clear picture do I proceed to talk with them about what software system(s) they require to help them get there. The trick to helping them to crystalise their future state is asking what those in my line of work consider as staple questions. What is your business and why it exists? What are your business’ values, strengths and weaknesses? What do you want to change/improve in your business? What are your goals and objectives for your business? What is your plan to achieve them?
At a personal level, the process and the pattern of questions are similar.
Who am I?
What are my values, passions, strengths and weaknesses?
What do I really want in life?
What are my goals - short, medium and long term? (in terms of Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical and Social areas of your life)
What is my plan to achieve them?
The more clarity we have in answering these questions, the greater the likelihood there is of achieving our goals. The more clarity we have about our desired future, the easier it’ll be to keep our focus. It’s easier to keep our eyes on the prize when we know what it looks like. Without it, we’ll constantly be bumped off course by those who try to sell us quick fixes and promises of overnight success. (Ask me how I know!)
On the flip side, we don’t need to have every duck lined up before you start doing anything. For many people, this tendency of waiting for every piece of the puzzle to be in place may very well be the single most common cause of procrastination. Simply start, and while you’re taking action, continue to refine your answers to each of the questions above from the things you learn along the way.
I'm often frustrated with my own inaction. I've discovered that it's a symptom of lack of clarity about what I'm really after, rather than an issue of discipline. If you frequently suffer from the same frustration, my advice would be to start here. If you’ve already had, revisiting the questions above and refining your answers frequently will help you to course-correct to ensure that you’re always moving towards your ‘true north’ in the midst of pressure to ‘keep up with the Jones’’, everchanging conditions and shifting circumstances. Here’s to achieving 20-20 vision for your future!