As I wrote in my book, The Achievement Code, “Almost everyone wants to be clear, but not many people are looking for clarity. It’s not something they type into a search engine.”
And yet we do want to be clear. We want clarity as to what we want, why we want it and how to get it. We want to be clear on our beliefs and values, what’s true and what isn’t. We want clear communication, clear understanding and clear positions.
Francois Gautier wrote, “More important than certainty is the quest for clarity.”
There are many things we can do to gain that clarity. Research, reflection, soul searching, asking people we trust, experimentation and more. But whatever path to clarity we may use, we first have to acknowledge that we are UNclear—or at least want to be MORE clear.
A bit of humor and an important point.
A guy goes to see a psychiatrist and says he can't sleep because he has a fear of monsters under his bed. The man realizes it’s an unreasonable and irrational fear, but he can’t seem to shake it.
The doctor says that it will take some time, but once the man realizes the source of his fear, he’ll be able to overcome his fear of the monsters under the bed.
The man asked how long that would take and the doctor says a year or two of two sessions a week. “And how much do you charge for a session?”
“A hundred dollars”, the doctor replied.
Bill Gates says, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking thy can't lose.” I happen to agree.
All truly successful people have failed. It's part of getting there. Show me someone who appears successful, who says they've never failed, and they are either lying or are the most incredibly lucky people on the planet.
No, I'm not advocating that you should intentionally fail. And I certainly don't recommend you make the same mistakes more than once. But I am saying you can never become successful if you are unwilling to fail.
Unless you recognize that failing is part of success, you will experience way more frustration than you should. Learn to embrace failure as part of the learning process and as part of achieving success, and you will make much more progress. You'll also enjoy the ride a whole lot more.
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