Clarity, Purpose and the Curse of Low Hanging Fruit

with Jay Papasan, co-author of The One Thing

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As a young entrepreneur I had a sense of what I wanted. I had themes in my life like Freedom, make a difference, inspire people. And as I started to study how to get there my vision grew and expanded. I saw all the ways I could get to that freedom.

Every path looked awesome. I understood how they worked and how they could get me there.And from the outside looking in that was good. Cool in fact. But it ended up pulling me in different directions. I was clear I wanted freedom but I wasn’t clear how to get there.

In my conversation with Jay Papasan today, we talk about clarity and the curse of low hanging fruit. in some ways all those Ideas I stumbled into that sounded awesome were these shiny pots of gold. And in reality they were thieves of productivity.

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Co-author of the New York Times bestselling book The ONE Thing, Jay Papasan is also a creative executive and corporate trainer. He talks with us about finding clarity in your life, setting goals, and working towards them to achieve what you really want.

It’s not what you do. It’s who you are

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Jay’s breakthrough moment came when he met someone at a dinner party who identified himself as a writer despite never having been published.

Clarity is Our Compass

Clarity is an internal compass that can point us in the right direction towards accomplishing what we want out of life. Busy schedules and obligations often prevent people from achieving true clarity, so make it a priority to spend some time alone with a notebook and really think about who you are.

Goal Setting to the Now

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my one thing?
  • What would I have to accomplish in five years to feel like I was absolutely on track for that goal?
  • Based on that, what would I have to do THIS year to feel like I was on track for my five year goal?
  • What would I have to do this month to be on track for the year?
  • What would I have to do this week to be on track for the month?
  • What would I have to do today to be on track for the week?

Take a look back at your life and search for recurring themes or clues to get a sense of who you really are.

Your calendar is often your clearest indication of who you are @jaypapasan

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How you spend your time, who you hang out with, and where you invest your time are really strong clues.

Once you understand where you’re going and why it’s important to you, your motivation will really start to kick in. What you achieve with clarity is knowing that the cost of not doing your one thing is higher than the cost of doing it.

The Myth of Low Hanging Fruit​

One of the thieves of productivity is the idea of low hanging fruit. Your clarity compass points North, but other opportunities can take you on a detour in the opposite direction of where you should be heading. Keep your long-term destination in mind and don’t let low hanging fruit steer you off-track.

Imposter Syndrome

Feeling unqualified with regard to what you are doing is known as Imposter Syndrome. This stems from self-doubt and is a result of you pushing yourself and living at the edge of your abilities. While it may feel uncomfortable, it is a sign that you are on the path to becoming authentic.​

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