Of course, clarity is not the only key to success, but it’s an integral piece of the puzzle, what makes heightened and sustained success possible.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
Some days prove to be easier than others–they’re full of inspiration, we’re full of excitement, and creative energy flows through us with ease. Other days present a challenge, and we struggle just to get through the project or the day, without any real intention about who we are and what our purpose is.
Brendon Burchard is one of the most respected motivation and marketing trainers in the world. As I was listening to one of his podcast episodes the other week, I heard something that stuck with me: if we want to be successful in anything, we must be clear.
However you define success, and whatever you’re trying to succeed at, clarity makes all the difference. Like Billy Cox said, “Clarity is power. The more clear you are about what you want the more likely you are to achieve it.”
If we were to analyze the qualities of high performers, we’d find that clarity of intention is a common denominator in their successes. They are more clear (about three things in particular) than most other people are, and this gives them an edge.
Though clarity is not the only key to success (or happiness), it opens the gates of inspired living.
According to Brendon’s philosophy (which is notorious for being on point), being able to answer the following three questions is a simple indicator that you’re paving a successful path for yourself:
- Who am I at my best?
- Who do I want to be in this situation?
- What has made me succeed in the past?
Your Clarity of Intention Is a Key to Success in All Areas of Life
Be clear about who you are.
How do you describe your best self; what three words define the absolute best of you?
Brendon’s analysis shows that “high performers” can answer this question faster and with more articulation than the rest of the population. In fact, the time it takes to respond to this question reveals your level of clarity about who you want to be in life.
The more clarity you have about what the best version of yourself looks and feels like, the more power you give yourself to be that version of yourself. A clear vision of your highest self is a positive anchor when things don’t go smoothly; it’s a practice of daily reminder that gives you the courage and inspiration to act from a higher place when you’re tempted to be a low-level version of yourself.
To help you bring the best of who you are into the daily circumstances of your life, Brendon teaches the idea of mental triggers: triggering yourself to remember things that are important (i.e. how to be your best self) so you perform better and stay on course.
In three words, describe your best self.
One way to trigger yourself is to set alarms in your phone to remind you to be that person. Though this sounds basic, it’s a powerful and accessible way to stay in communication with that higher level of living.
Be clear about who you want to be.
Successful people tend to have the clarity of intention for who they want to be with others. They visualize how they want an upcoming interaction to play out before they step into the situation.
Before going to a meeting, for example, think about each person in the room and think about how you’d like to interact with them for positive results. Before having a conversation with your spouse, think about what they need in that situation and think about what you need, too.
Be strategic about your interactions. Ask yourself: “How do I want this to go? Who do I want to be? How will I know if this was a successful experience?”
Be clear about what has worked in the past.
What three things made you succeed in the past?
Reflection on the past (without getting stuck there) is a useful tool. This isn’t about utilizing your strengths and talents (though that’s important), but about what specifically has made you succeed in the past.
Knowing what gave you an edge in the past gives you an edge in the present.
Did hard work, perseverance, presence, or passion make all the difference? Did hiring a team, asking for help, going to seminars, or reading books contribute to favorable outcomes? What gave you the edge in the past, and are you doing that consistently today, this week, and next month?
Going through the motions will only get you so far. Approaching your engagements more consciously and consistently is a sure way to manifest success today.
- What three words encapsulate your best self?
- Think about your next interaction: how do you want this experience to go, and who do you want to be?
- What three things made you succeed in the past, and how can you apply those principles today?
Please share your thoughts, a tried-and-true key to success, how you define your best self, positive practices that help you perform better, and any inspiring stories or insights with me in the comments.
Share this with someone who might appreciate these insights.
Continue to grow into the best version of yourself, and remember to bring joy into this step–don’t wait until you arrive at your destination to enjoy your life. The joy must be in the journey itself.
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