Clarity Of Mind
Updated: Feb 17
Why do so many people prefer working for someone instead of starting their own businesses?
It’s a fact we often take for granted, but there are very good reasons for it.
Working for someone provides predictably and a kind of structure that makes it comfortable for you to navigate, it’s familiar – you know exactly what you’re dealing, it's given to you.
Predictability goes to the core of your survival instincts, it provides you with a framework in which to navigate your world in a way that allows you to assess and avoid risk.
The chaotic nature that our lives sometimes take is bound to generate uncertainty and uncertainty is inherently linked with stress and anxiety - uncertainty means unpredictability and unpredictability is associated with a sense of 'loss of control'.
Your brain is ultimately wired to help you survive; it’s why your natural inclination more often than not is to err on the side of caution.
‘Staying safe’ is your biological disposition and often the pre-cursor to many of the fears you may hold about the world.
What people sometimes fail to realise however, is that the same order, structure and predictability that’s given to you in the workplace, can also be transferred to how you approach your life more broadly.
I’m not talking about the kind of routine that slowly kills your soul; I’m talking about approaching life with an astute clarity of mind that allows you to put everything in it’s proper place - so you can make better sense of it all.
About creating a sense of certainty out of a sense of uncertainty.
About understanding both your strengths and limitations and moving forward into the world in a way that honours everything you know and understand.
Navigating your life can be daunting, especially if you’re not quite sure where you’re going or what you’re supposed to be doing.
Thoughts and emotions can be overwhelming and it’s easy to get stuck in a cycle where you’re constantly responding (or reacting) only to how you feel.
It doesn’t have to be that way, you may never make sense of all your thoughts and emotions, so there’s no real point in generating more thoughts trying to figure it out.
What you can do though, is shift your attention, to focus in on the tangibles that remain within your sphere of influence.
And begin developing a deeper understanding of the true nature of everything you have to work with as well as the environment (and landscape) you have to navigate your way around.
It’s not always easy keeping your focus only on those things that are fundamentally important; it involves a form of inner strength, a cultivation of your very character.
But like work, your life too can be organised into a kind of structure, something as simple as getting your priorities straight will serve you well.
You can take your myriad of ideas, your unique circumstances, your fears and anxieties and actually begin putting them all in their rightful place, so they all form part of the same picture and begin to make sense.
Part of this process is also leaving plenty of room for growth, understanding what you don't know and being open to accepting certain elements of risk whilst allowing for complexity, because without some complexity, there can be no growth.
Maybe that means taking a leap of faith, learning to let go or even just learning to trust a little more.
The point is, its for you to decide and you can decide.
The world is constantly competing for your attention, so it's increasingly important, now more than ever, to maintain your clarity of mind and then remain steadfast in your convictions.