Clarity is a Warm Blanket on the Icy Shoulders of Overwhelm

When all you see when you look out upon the vista of your business is fog, how do you get back to clear skies and visible path to the next port of call?⠀

by | Feb 6, 2018 | 0 comments

Clarity is a Warm Blanket on the Icy Shoulders of Overwhelm

Pretty dramatic, hey? I was feeling inspired by some arctic weather when I thought about this metaphor.

But isn’t that what happens when we get overwhelmed? We freeze. Paralysis sets in. Instead of doing something, we do nothing.

Overwhelm is often the product of being unclear. Unclear in your direction, unclear in your plan, unclear in who you’re trying to convince to become your next favourite customer.

Lack of clarity can also cause all sorts of other frustrations: impulse buying, productivity drops, chronic half-finished projects, never-ending to do lists… it goes on and on.

Sometimes we mislabel lack of clarity as all sorts of other things: mindset blocks, confidence issues, budget constraints, indecision.

These are more dangerous because they can lead you to limit yourself based on truths that aren’t true.

When all you see when you look out upon the vista of your business is fog, how do you get back to clear skies and visible path to the next port of call?

(I may be taking this weather metaphor too far)

Ask questions. Ask lots of questions to lots of people and talk, talk, talk some more. In conversation, you can work out some sticking points, hear lots of perspectives and you will either resolutely disagree with or resoundingly love.

Role play. Yeah, it sounds goofy, but when you’re stuck in some part of your business, put yourself in the position of your customer and see how it feels to be them. You’d be amazed how that perspective can shed light on the answers.

Find an advisor. Get someone in your back pocket whose job it is is to have a neutral third party perspective. Develop a relationship with them. This can be a peer network, a coach, a mentor or BFF that happens to also be a smart business genius.

When the shroud of indecision is lifted, suddenly you love your business again, and your energy returns. Why stay in the fog any longer than you have to?

Tell me in the comments…

What are your favourite ways to gain clarity when you’re lost at sea?

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Stephanie Hayes Business Strategist and Coach for Small Business and Entrepreneurs. What to do when you're feeling stuck in your business? How to scale your business to get sustainable growth? Stephanie is a business success coach for experienced entrepreneurs, creating detailed business models and plans (Vancouver).

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