Human brain is amazing and it continues to keep our scientists and neurologists busy. But with the constant flow of information in today’s world our brain can go into hyperdrive and result into the concept called information overload. With this comes the state of confusion.
When you are in the confused you could go through a range of emotions that can make you feel powerless, anxious and stressed.
“Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” ~Cicero
For long now, I have been trying to make sense of the confusion I was in. It’s easy to shut it out and pretend it doesn’t impact me. However I realised I would be alienating myself doing so. I want to be included, involved yet gain clarity in the stage of confusion. Well this is what I figured –
Find the source
There are many untruths out there. Before making any decision, question whether everything you’ve been told about a subject is factually correct. You can do that by finding the source of that information. Who is giving this information?
Also understand it is very easy these days to quote a reputed organisation or research analysis and twist the message. So do your bit of research and get to the root of it.
List your alternatives
When you have so much information it is easy to draw out alternatives from them. So make your list. See how each one fares
Take a bit of time to analyze the course of your action and result that follow. How do you feel with that result. You can also start from the result you want and work backwards to creating alternatives
Talk it out
Sometimes listening to others opinion helps us get our clarity. So look out for someone with the same mental make up as you. Someone with whom you share common belief and talk it out.
You may also engage with a personal coach like me to talk it out and gain clarity.
Remember Your Priorities
Sometimes I tend make decisions that are not in line with my priorities. And when I realised that, I made amends. I now make it point to analyze how my decision can impact my priorities.
Whenever you’re faced with a new decision to make, always think about what else is going on in your life and how this decision will affect it.
Go with your gut feel
Inspite of all the research and analysis, there is no such thing as a purely logical decision. Our brain uses a combination of logic and emotion and this is called as intuition or gut feeling and we use it all the time.
Our intuition is shaped by our past experiences, and knowledge we gained from them. Although you may not be 100% accurate, the more attention you give it, the more powerful and accurate it will become. So trust your gut feeling and go with it
So there you are.. these are not a fool proof steps to gain clarity but these steps can definitely give you direction to begin
- Find the source
- List your alternatives
- Talk it out
- Remember Your Priorities
- Go with your gut feel
I’d like to end this with a thought. It may seem real but confusion is nothing but an illusion. End of the day treat it as it is. Treat confusion as a sign of growing. Because without the existence of confusion there will never be a search for clarity.
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