Category: Business & Branding Clutter

I love entrepreneurs. Their ability to build something from the ground up. Their impact on commerce and civic liberty.

The fire in their eyes, their unabated drive and determination are contagious. Their passion lights their way. There’s an excitement about the future that propels them forward.

I can’t help but get hopeful with them, wanting to see their big dreams become a reality.

So when I see a fellow entrepreneur struggle to find focus, drive and clarity in her business, it breaks my heart. I know without that, she won’t gain the momentum necessary to see the vision through. Without that, she’ll lose hope.

I immediately want to come to the rescue and offer guidance on how to remove the blocks.

When clarity eludes an entrepreneur, the fire goes out, the gusto fades. Discouragement and despair loom. Which is why we see so many businesses fail in their first 3 years. And why business partners disagree on vision and purpose. And why customers start shopping elsewhere.

It’s much better for the entrepreneur on the other side of confusion. It’s much better to be clear.

Have you lost vision and clarity for your business? Are you stuck in overwhelm and overload? Are you looking to get inspired again?

If so, below are 4 reasons–a.k.a. typical, widespread entrepreneur habits–you’re not experiencing clarity in your business right now.

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I get it. You’re busy.

Too busy for friends and family let alone meditation and yoga. Too busy for a proper meal let alone mindfulness training. Too busy for a shower let alone 8 hours of sleep.

You probably feel like you don’t have enough time for much nowadays.

You don’t even know who’s running your schedule, you or your clients. You or your colleagues. You or your spouse. You or your kids. You or [insert everyone else ever].

Meanwhile, you’re frazzled, scatterbrained, overwhelmed…but still determined to get it all done.

So tell me this, out of all the hours in a day, how many of them are spent nurturing your mind? How many are spent catering to the health of your mind? How many are spent appreciating the miracle that is your mind?

Don’t have time for that, you say?

You don’t have time to not have time for that.

I’m here to tell you that no amount of money, success, accolades or fame will do for you what a clear, strong mind can do.

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Clearing space in the mind is how the successful remain nimble and stealthy. It is how they have the room for new information, new ideas and new insight. These mental pockets of nothingness open us up to the creative stream of consciousness.

Thinking clearly equates to thinking creatively. When we hit writer’s block on an article or feel uninspired about our work, it’s because we haven’t given ourselves time away from it. We need that emptiness to usher in the new and refine the old.

And if we never take time away from the hustle and grind of our careers, all else in our lives suffers. Our relationships, our health, our energy and our happiness.

Yet, all too often, we business owners scramble from client to client, wearing too many hats, overloading our calendars with too many appointments, and getting pulled in too many directions. At this pace, our minds don’t shut off and our feet don’t stop pushing 100 miles per hour.

Clutter is that chaos.

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And the Lord said, write the vision, and make it plain…because it will surely come. 

Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV

Your goals are pipe dreams, huh? Farfetched visions of grandeur? Why do we set resolutions only to days later give up? I’ve been there. You get all geared up to accomplish the goal, but never quite get around to doing it. So frustrating. Well, this doesn’t have to be the case. Our success in accomplishing the goal or it eluding us has to do with the stories we tell ourselves. Our story is either defeatist or optimistic in nature. Did you feel convinced of its worth when set the goal? When later thinking about your goal, did you return to a place of encouragement or discouragement? Have you committed mind, body and soul to the objective?

Goals don’t have to be a struggle. That’s not the point of goal-setting. The point of goal-setting is to feel empowered enough to get what you want in this lifetime. It’s to set your sights on some desired outcome, savor the process getting there and then indulge in the results. The key to goal-setting is first to set an intention, keep it at attention, and take comfortable action towards it.

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