This month we are exploring clarity. Clear is one of the pillars that guides my life and my life’s purpose. When we are clear, we are able to make choices that align with who we are and what we want. When things are fuzzy or when we are in the busyness of the day-to-day, it's harder to make the right ones for ourselves and others.
Where do you go to get clear?
Measure twice, cut once
There’s an adage I love that I often share in my workshops. It comes from the contractor world and it’s a saying - measure twice, cut once. It means - take the time to get clear about your move so that when you make that move, you do it right.
Often what happens sometimes is that we (including me) measure once - usually quickly - and make a decision, AKA the cut. What happens next is we need to make lots more cuts to course correct the first one. We are left with a game plan full of holes that we then spend time and energy fixing.
Space allows you to measure twice.
Make space to get clear. Get clear to make great choices.
A tactile strategy to get clear
This more tactical practice reframes your relationship to that much needed space that helps you get clear. It asks you to take a new approach to your schedule - the gatekeeper of our time and space!
Here’s how it works:
Make a list of the top things that came up when you ask yourself this month’s question - where do you go to get clear?
- Pull up your schedule. Breathe.
- Add three things you identified to your calendar. For example, In mine I add Mondays 5:30pm yoga, Tuesdays 11:00am nature walk, Thursdays 3:00pm call Sarah.
- Once you’ve made your additions, go back into each event and change the title to “get clear.” You can write the event details in the location or notes section. I am a big fan of colour coding so I code these events my favourite colour blue to create a positive, visual cue.
- Step back, take a few breaths, and look at your schedule. What you’ll see are dedicated spaces for clarity (the deeper need) instead of the task or action.
The reframe allows you to focus on your deeper needs instead of a task or action. Give it a try See what happens.