If there’s one thing we tend to envy about successful individuals, it’s their ability to make decisions. Indeed, beyond their competence and talent lies the ability to use their gifts in the right direction. They need to be decisive and choose the best strategy in moments of the greatest uncertainty. Who wouldn’t like to have that ability?
It may surprise you, but one of the necessary tools for succeeding in any area of life is mental clarity. This is the competence to be able to turn off external and internal noise in order to better process reality and make better decisions. It means being able to focus on what’s important with lucidity, internal harmony, and self-confidence.
The problem is that you don’t train in this exceptional dimension. It isn’t even included in self-help manuals. However, it’s a psychological strategy of great value that has an effect both in the workplace and in the relational sphere. In fact, it’s essential for good mental health. That’s because when you’re capable of calming your dysfunctional thoughts, you find the internal balance with which you regain control of your life.
What if you figured out how to develop this powerful mental focus?
“You either control your mind or it controls you.”
Five strategies for gaining mental clarity
If you find it difficult to achieve mental clarity, it’s because it’s not your default psychological state. Your mind prefers to be alert. It’s obsessed with chewing over worries and imagining the most catastrophic futures. That’s how it protects you from what ‘might happen’. However, while doing so, it subjects you to feelings of lingering anxiety and dissatisfaction.
In fact, the cost of not being able to think clearly is immense, as you probably know. If your mind is filled with disturbances, irrational ideas, suspicions, stress, and negatively valenced emotions, your anxiety rises to excessive levels. It’s at these times that you make decisions without thinking and in a hasty manner. At the same time, your feelings of lack of control increase, along with the probability of developing a psychological disorder.
Therefore, you need to educate yourself in mental clarity. Then you’ll be able to activate another, healthier approach that dispels the fog of excess that obscures everything. A study conducted by the University of Utah (USA) claims that one way to develop mental clarity is with mindfulness, a way of enhancing our awareness of self. That’s the key. Now, let’s see how to achieve it.
1. Simplify, a simple life allows you to see your priorities
Less isn’t only more, but it also means better mental health. You’ve become accustomed to an existence that’s often loaded with artifice and numerous stressors. You fill your schedule with numerous activities, which aren’t always satisfying. The same is true of your relationships. You might associate social success with having many friends and multiple social contacts.
However, all this excess interaction and multitasking does is fill you with noise. Add to that the weight of social media, endless notifications, and the need to be as society expects you to be, and this guarantees a degree of suffering. So, you need to simplify your life if you want to achieve mental clarity.
2. Regulate your emotions to think better
Difficult emotions, such as anxiety, sadness, frustration, and anger, are like a fog that envelops your mind. In fact, your decision-making capacity is diminished when you’re dominated by negatively valenced emotions. Knowing how to regulate them will allow you to attend to reality from a calm position. Moreover, you’re able to consider the most appropriate response in every different circumstance.
3. Mindfulness and calm in the here and now
As we mentioned earlier, mindfulness is an effective way of developing mental clarity. This ancient practice trains your attention to focus it where it really matters: in the present moment.
Moreover, this tool not only allows you to regulate your stress and wandering thoughts, it also gives you self-awareness. In other words, the ability to connect with your inner world to know what’s happening and what you need. In effect, it’s a direct channel to your Self and to connect with the world in an authentic way, thus guiding you toward your goals.
4. Clarify your priorities, values, and purposes
The person you are has been built through your values, purposes, and priorities. That said, it’s not sufficient merely to clarify these realities. In fact, you have to bear them in mind every day if you want to maintain mental clarity. It’s useful to ask yourself the following questions:
- What values define you at this moment? These are the kind that you shouldn’t let others violate.
- What goals have you set for yourself in the short and long term?
- What’s your priority in life right now? Is it your family, work, or your health? Is there something clouding these dimensions? What should you do to safeguard them?
5. Critical thinking
Are you able to think critically? Do you question what most take for granted? Do you usually analyze your own beliefs or conceptions to find out if they are not conditioned by prejudices? Possessing critical thinking implies not only seeing the world from a more analytical perspective but also becoming aware that you also act through biases.
Self-awareness requires activating your self that questions itself. The kind that doesn’t allow itself to be conditioned by the environment. This helps you activate mental clarity and make better decisions.
To the psychological strategies indicated here, we must add some advice regarding physical health. For example, a clear mind needs good lifestyle habits. Among them are a good night’s rest, a balanced diet, and regular physical exercise. As you know, your body and mind make up a whole that you must listen to and care for on a daily basis.
Mental clarity is like a river that flows in harmony, whose purity allows you to see the beauty of the glittering stones on its bed. Therefore, don’t hesitate to promote the same harmony and transparency with which to be yourself with each new step and advance you make.
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