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“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung

I talk to a lot of people about where they are, where they want to be and what’s getting in their way.

While some people know what they want, many people say, “I don’t know what I want.”

Being confused can be a reason why you stay stuck. And getting clear on what you want, is the very first step to having what you want.

Here are 6 tips to gain clarity and direction in your life:

1. Take Action. You may not take action because you believe you need clarity to take action, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Taking action leads to clarity. What’s one small baby step you could take today? Can you send an email? Make a phone call? Start a new (insert passion) Instagram handle?

2. Brainstorm. Create a list of your ideas. Put them on paper. Don’t rule any ideas out. Continue to expand on this list until you really have flushed all your ideas out. What does success look like to you? What’s your ideal day?

3. Identify Blocks. Without identifying your blocks, they will continue to block you. When you know what’s stopping you (which in most cases is fear), it is easier to move the block out of the way. Are you afraid of failing? Not being good enough? What other people think? If you didn’t have fear what would you do?

4. Know What You Don’t Want. Sometimes knowing what you don’t want can be an avenue to getting clear about what you want. For example, if you know you don’t want to work for a company your whole life, then you might know you want to have your own business. Make a list of what you don’t want and then from there write the opposing “I want” statements.

5. Feel it. Thinking too much will cause you to get stuck. Connect with your heart and the truth of your deepest desires. What do you want in your heart and soul? What gets you excited? What are you doing when time goes by fast?

6. Reframe. Stop saying, “I don’t know.” I have been guilty of this too, but If you reframe this statement it does wonders for your confidence. Instead, say, “I know what I want and I am taking steps to get there.”

Consciously pay attention to small steps that bring you clarity.

If there was absolute certainty that whatever you chose to do, you could be successful at it, what would you do?

I would love to hear about what you want! Leave a comment below.

  • What I’m about to say is somewhat counterintuitive to most of my beliefs, but worth mentioning: business is a balancing act. Yes, you need to have clarity in what you want, and you should use what you discover to set the stage. Still, a large part of what brings success is understanding what’s in demand from a supply and demand standpoint. The steps above are all great, though, and definitely some of the first on a truly successful path.