Clarity Breaks

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If you’ve read books on great leaders in history, you’ll find that one of the things that they all had in common was the ability to get out of the weeds, rise above it all, and take time to think.  Henry Ford once said, “Thinking is the hardest thing to do, that’s why so few people engage in it.” As a leader, it is critical that you take that time to think and that’s what we call a clarity break.

It involves focusing on the business, not taking time to review your to do list or to clean up issues. This is about working on the business. It’s also about protecting your confidence. As a leader, you’re always being second guessed, people are questioning you all the time, and it doesn’t take long for your confidence to erode.

It is also an opportunity to put things in a different perspective and keeping a journal to capture your thoughts. So that’s taking a clarity break.

Here are some suggestions for you. First of all, choose a place that really works for you. Now a lot of people like to reconnect with nature. There’s just something about sitting outside and just clearing your head. If you are normal, you have a voice going on inside your head that never stops talking. Think about that. You’re constantly thinking and you have all this clutter. So, this is an opportunity to just shut that noise out. So, choosing a place where you can best do that is terrific.

Pick a day and a time that works well for you and start by taking some deep breathes. Just relaxing. And that’s when good things start to happen. Things are going to come to you, thoughts are going come to you that really help you elevate your game. That’s what a clarity break is all about.

I think taking a clarity break is one of our most important leadership practices. It’s that ability to get out of the weeds, look at your life, look at your business from a different perspective, and jotting down your thoughts. Keeping a journal.