If like me you are someone who enjoys being creative then this ability to continually generate fresh ideas is a good thing.
However, the flip side may be that you find it difficult to focus your attention when you really need to. This is a limiting pattern that can hold you back from achieving what you want.
I’ve therefore come up with a couple of tips and tricks to help you be more effective by erasing and replacing such limiting patterns and developing the habit of thinking clearly. This is a skill, and like all skills, it can be learned.
1. To help you develop the habit of clarity, you must learn how to be more specific in everything you do. To help you clarify your thoughts start using what Dale Carnegie called the “Six Honest Serving Men”.
Before taking action, ask yourself the 5Ws and the H i.e. who, what, when, where, why and how?
By focusing your thoughts on answering the 5Ws and the H when you are talking to others, you will be amazed about how much better you will express yourself, learn more about the other person and ultimately enrich your relationships.
2. Write It Down To Make It Happen!
Many great thinkers have taught us through the ages that writing down our goals helps them manifast. Why is this? Well, it is proven that writing down our thoughts, intentions, desires, plans and goals helps clarify our thinking.
Clear thinking allows us to focus better and separate what we truly want to achieve from the jumble, busyness and confusion that might be going on in our heads and our lives. This means that we attract our desires faster.
3. Talk To Yourself
Once you are clear on your thoughts talk to yourself in carefully worded positive statements and repeat them on a regular basis.Over time this will help you replace your old and often limiting self-talk with more positive programming.
4. Coach Yourself
Coach yourself to think clearly on a daily basis. Mentally or audibly say, “Be Specific”, “Be Specific”. Write this phrase on a small card and keep it at hand so you can review it several times each day.
Try these strategies for a few days and let me know how you get on. I bet that people will start noticing that you’re doing something different. You may start to get positive responses and reinforcement from others, and with continuous application you will not only get into the habit of seeing things more clearly, but you’ll have empowered yourself with a valuable new skill.