Become a Powerful Leader: Achieving Clarity in the Face of
business leaders make decisions that impact hundreds, even thousands
of people. While this seems like a daunting task, the good ones make
it look easy. These leaders can make million dollar decisions based on
the information presented to them and their own gut feelings. What you
can’t see behind these seemingly effortless decisions is the
discipline to continuously scrutinize their decisions and the
commitment to continuously improve from what they’ve done in the
past. These leaders, through practice, possess a clarity that allows
them to make powerful decisions with ease.
research shows that you can learn to reach clarity with similar ease
by relaxing your body and clearing your mind so you can focus on the
issue at hand. By shifting to a higher level of coherence, you can
sweep away all the thoughts that limit your decision-making skills.
Plus it makes you a more powerful leader. Clarity enables you to
project your commitment to a chosen path and eliminate confusion
within your management team. It saves time by focusing your energy on
moving forward with implementation, rather than stalling you in
decision-making mode—a frustrating state that drains energy.
improve your leadership and decision-making skills by achieving the Clarity
with the following five-step process.
eliminate distractions by turning off your radio, telephone ringer,
and computer monitor. Get in a comfortable seated position, but not
too comfortable. You want to relax, not fall asleep.
clear off your desk. Put everything away except a clean sheet of white
paper and a pen, in case you want to write down any interesting
thoughts you have during the exercise.
yourself you are ready to experiment and have fun with the clarity
exercise. At first, you may find it easier to focus when you close
your eyes and tilt them up about twenty degrees behind your eyelids.
part of this step is to relax every muscle in your body. Start at your
toes, and slowly release all the tension in every muscle in your feet,
ankles, legs, abdomen, chest, hands, arms, and back. Progress slowly,
working your way up to your neck and face. As you do this, say to
yourself, “The muscles in my ______ are becoming relaxed and
part of this step involves deep breathing techniques similar to those
used in yoga. Inhale with your abdomen first. Then as your breath is
pulled in, inhale with your chest and shoulders. Don’t try to hold
your breath, but exhale in the reverse order. Start with your
shoulders and chest, and then allow your abdomen to relax at the end
of the cycle. Assume a breathing rhythm that is comfortable for you,
but try to make your exhalation two times as long as your inhalation.
mind to focus completely on the rhythm of your breathing, and take as
many breaths as necessary to feel completely relaxed. If you are
already calm and focused, you may only need a few breaths to relax.
But if you are tense, you will probably need many more.
Calm Your Mind:
your mind, pick a word or phrase that has meaning to you to repeat as
your mantra. For example, in Hinduism and Buddhism, people use the
word “om.” But you can choose any word you like. Then repeat this
word silently to yourself as you breathe naturally. When other
thoughts come to your mind, passively dismiss them and return to your
repetition. Again, continue this practice for as long as it takes to
reach a calm state of mind. You may need anywhere from five to twenty
also want to try the countdown method to achieve a calm state of mind.
This technique is simple enough, just countdown from a specified
number to one and allow yourself to focus only on your counting. At
first, you should practice this exercise when you first wake up in the
morning or right before you fall asleep at night, because reaching a
calm state is easier at those times. But after you get the hang of it
and can achieve a calm state in a shorter countdown, you can practice
this technique at any time during the day.
one hundred and count down to one. After a week or so, cut it back to
fifty, and then twenty-five. Soon you’ll be able to reach your calm
state after only a countdown from five.
Clear Your Mind:
clear your mind by acknowledging your thoughts and with visualization.
To acknowledge your thoughts, propose to yourself, “I feel totally
fine and joyful about how my life is going.” Inevitably, an
unresolved issue will pop into your mind to discredit this statement.
When this happens, acknowledge the thought, but don’t expand on it.
Just acknowledge it and set it aside.
to yourself, “Besides this issue, I feel totally fine and joyful
about how my life is going.” If another contradiction pops into your
mind, repeat the process of acknowledging it and setting it aside.
Eventually, you’ll have an imaginary stack of unresolved issues that
you’ve cleared from your mind and plenty of space to devote to the
issue at hand.
your mind with visualization, imagine you are surrounded by a large
sphere of light. Every time a thought pops into your head, put it
outside the sphere. Continue doing this until you reach a state of no
builds on your relaxed state by shifting your coherence level up the
emotional scale so you can focus on the issue at hand. You can achieve
this greater focus by recalling a time when you felt great
exhilaration and satisfaction after achieving something. Perhaps you
felt exhilarated after running a marathon or completing a large
project. Whatever you choose, make sure it is among the most exciting,
most satisfying achievements of your life.
imagine that this event is happening again, and recall all the
thoughts and feelings that were going through your head at the time.
If you were running a marathon, think about the rhythm of your feet
hitting the pavement and visualize the other runners around you. If
you were working on an important project, think about the calm silence
in the office after everyone went home for the day and the taste of
the coffee that kept you going long into the night. Use these images
to reignite your feelings of excitement, self-power, and success.
for Your Future:
following these five steps, you will feel mentally and physically
relaxed. Your mind will be clear, focused, and ready to take on the
rest of the decision-making process.
clarity in decision making is a tremendously positive experience. It
fills you with excitement and gives you the confidence to move
forward. As a leader, you demonstrate your commitment to a vision and
eliminate post-decision doubt.
inability to make decisions can paralyze an entire organization. So as
a leader, you must reach clarity in the decision-making process in
order to attain success. When you practice this five-step process for
achieving clarity on every decision, over time it will become an
instinctive part of your process. You will see the issues facing your
organization and your options clearly, and become a more powerful
leader as a result.
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