“I draw energy from people who are out in the world making a difference. I find organisations or businesses that have clarity of purpose, principles and intention, and are telling the stories, especially online, the most compelling. Those are the stories that I read. As soon as I see that, I’m immersed. I am so inspired by those people, they just amaze me. Following that intention through takes enormous courage.
You can only be courageous if you’re clear.
There’s clarity of vision that happens in a single brave moment like diving in to save someone drowning. It’s a one-off. For ongoing courage, you need sustained clarity. You can’t sustain courage if you’re in a mess. It only comes with clarity.
The one thing clarity doesn’t provide – is certainty. Because if you’re certain, unwavering, you’ve drawn the curtains around yourself, and said, ‘ooh I like this space, this is fine and comfy here’. When you’re that black and white, and locked in, ‘don’t tell me anything different, I know what works, I know who my people are’ … in that space I believe you’re in a state of denial because you’re not pursuing your whole truth to gain clarity.
It’s courageous to get and sustain clarity because it means you’re constantly questioning ‘is this best?’. People who have clarity of purpose and principles are always in forward motion.
I’m sometimes fearful of uncertainty, but I try to embrace it. As an older person I have some weight of experience behind me, so I can remind myself that the worst has never actually happened, that what I thought would be the worst was never the worst. Time spent wondering ‘what if’ around what could happen is such an energy drainer.
You have to be present to be clear. But even then it’s uncertain because you can’t know the unpredictable, the opportunities and challenges that appear at 90 degrees. That can be exhausting and exhilarating. I’m present with my grandchildren, but children throw the book at you in terms of certainty and you have to go with that.”
Sandy McDonald is a Clarity Coach and can be found at www.getitrightonline.com.au.