Self Development
Clarity Takes Courage

by Valencia Ray
Clarity is a primary ingredient to performing at your best. It is poorly understood and generally not a feature of most people's strategies. In the absence thereof, even if you make it to your goal, you may find that you wasted much time, energy and money, and made unnecessary mistakes.
Clarity is powerful and is a primary ingredient to performing at your best. It is poorly understood and generally not a feature of most people's strategies. Why? Because we are too busy being busy. We take pride in taking "massive action."

Yet, if you are not clear about where you want to go and why, if you arrive at your chosen destination at all, you will likely find it was not the solution you were seeking. If you even make it to your goal, you may find that you wasted much time, energy, and money and made unnecessary mistakes - a.k.a. "learning by trial and error" - along the way.

Why do we typically do this?

1. It's because we don't know what we don't know.
2. We have not been taught the energy-efficient way of creating and innovating with intention.
3. We believe it takes "hard work" in order to be successful.
4. We don't know what we really want.
5. We don't know who we really are and what our authentic, heart-felt vision is.

There are other reasons, but these are five significant ones. We tend toward massive action without insight because we are not used to the idea of reflection and restoration, and we don't know and trust ourselves. We don't listen to our own inner intuitive voice.

We are too busy being distracted by all of the voices of clamoring gurus who know better than you what you "should do." Ouch. This one, more than once, has burned me. It takes courage to break away from the external loud voices and get to know your own inner guidance. It takes courage to learn how to slow down and quiet not only the other voices but the confusion within yourself, as well.

To see with mental clarity the details of your new vision will require you to be still; something most people seem to run from.

Obsessive busyness is a brain-wired habit, and habits can be broken. It will take commitment. It will require you learn about the operating system of your brain if you want to accelerate this process.

It will take confidence, and it will take having the clarity to make up your mind to change your mind. You can do it. You just need to pull up the courage and intend to get clear. I've learned the hard way so that you can learn easier. I get a thrill from being able to help others perform at their best.

Our work and home environments will become more enjoyable when we slow down and clarify our own unique self-expression. And learning never stops - we never arrive - I'm still growing. I just have a head start on many because courage is one of my highest personal values.

I have changed the way I see growth and development. It's not about fixing anyone. It's about knowing yourself; it's about reconnecting your mind with your heart. It's learning to listen to and see your own unique vision first clearly in your mind's eye and then flowing with the unfolding insights and synchronicities of how you can manifest your vision within the context of your everyday life. It's living with mental agility instead of rigid, less-than-best performance.

Performing at your best requires clear intention. Life is an adventure; it's meant to be enjoyed - not endured. I hope you pull up the courage to walk the path of leadership and personal development to learn how to perform at your best while living a peace-filled life. Chaos, fear, and stress as a routine occurrence, "be gone." Intend to see clearly now. Life is good - no, it's great.

Valencia Ray, M.D. teaches business owners and corporate leaders how their amazing brain can actually hijack personal power -- not in the abstract, but in the context of integrating business and personal life. Dr. Ray, a board-certified eye surgeon and medical business owner for over 20 years before selling her practice, shares her own life changing process. By sharing her story, she helps others to expand their vision and learn that by living with purpose and confidence, it is possible to have a more integrated, healthier lifestyle - with less struggle, more inner peace and more abundance.

For more information and to contact her regarding dynamic, inspirational keynotes, trainings in collaborative leadership and team building, entrepreneurship and coaching programs, visit her website at

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