2009/12/31

Increasing Clarity

Recently I wrote about motivation. Now I'm thinking about clarity. Clarity is the ability to see your goals and see what you need to do to accomplish them. Like Neo at the end of The Matrix. Motivation is the energy to actually accomplish your goals. But without clarity, it's hard to be motivated.

I've noticed that some things decrease my clarity, while others increase it. One of my resolutions for the new year is to do the things that increase my clarity and avoid the things that decrease it. Sounds simple, right? But it's easier said than done.

If I'm very low on clarity, it's hard for me to choose to do things that will increase my clarity again. It's like being drunk - it impairs your judgment so you think you're fine when you're actually not. So I'm coming up with a list of things I can do that will reliably increase my clarity. If I look at these things and get anxious, it probably means I'm low on clarity.

Here are a few activities that can help me increase my clarity:
  • yawning a lot (seriously!)
  • taking a nap
  • meditating
  • doing yoga
  • walking outside
  • running outside
  • practicing Aikido
  • practicing Persian ney flute
  • freewriting with my eyes closed
  • listening to music with my eyes closed
These are all things that help empty and clear my mind so I can see what is truly important. They relax me when I am tense or obsessive or when my mind is buzzing.

Things that fill my mind decrease my clarity. This includes browsing the web, checking email, or eating lots of carbohydrates. Sadly, I don't yet see a way to get rid of these entirely. Instead, I will do my best to balance them with clarity-enhancing activities.

Happy New Year! :)

6 comments:

SxEV said...

Hey, friend! I really love how deep a person you are. :D

-Elescent

axcho said...

Hi Elescent, I appreciate you saying that. Thank you. :)

Is there anything that you find increases your own clarity? What motivates you?

hillel said...

Hey alex:

How are you these days?

I'd love to chat if you have some time, but I don't have your latest e-mail.

--hillel (JFM)

axcho said...

Sent you an email. :)

David said...

Hi,

Just chanced upon this blog. Great piece. Really, sometimes we forget to reflect on the simple things that increase our clarity. I find that most often the things I do alone for myself make my thinking most clear. What really throws me off balance is relationships. Having a girlfriend for while really threw me off kilter. What has been your experience?

- David

Jordan Magnuson said...

Hey Alex, just catching up on your blog, and wow, another fantastic piece!