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Is It Time For You To Take A Clarity Break?

In today’s fast-paced world, where every second counts, taking a moment to breathe and realign our focus can seem like a luxury. But what if this pause isn’t just a pause but a strategy? Enter the EOS® Clarity Break™. This exercise, a cornerstone of the Entrepreneur Operating System® (EOS®) I use with my clients, has been a game-changer for countless Visionary Entrepreneurs. So, what’s the fuss about? Let’s dive in.

What is An EOS® Clarity Break?

Imagine a quiet moment where the world’s noise fades into the background. In this space, there’s no rush, no ticking clock, just you, your thoughts, and the opportunity to realign with your vision. This is the essence of a Clarity Break™.

An EOS® Clarity Break™ isn’t a mere time-out. It’s a scheduled meeting with yourself to work “on” rather than “in” your business. The power isn’t just in the break itself but in the intentionality behind it. Instead of trying to find time in your busy day to squeeze in some higher-level thinking and strategizing, you’re carving it out and setting it in your schedule like you would an important meeting. This way, you ensure these breaks are a commitment, not an afterthought.

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Why You Might Need a Clarity Break™

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, irritated, or directionless? These are tell-tale signs that it’s time for a Clarity Break™. Remember, this break isn’t about indulgence; it’s about strategy.

Regularly taking these intentional breaks helps you step back from your daily CEO routine to think. It’s uninterrupted time to look at the big picture and consider where you want the business to go and how you’ll address your current challenges. It also enables you to strategize your next moves for the future and get clear on the products and services you want to provide.

How Often Should You Take a Clarity Break™?

The frequency of these breaks depends on your needs and schedule. It can be an hour a day, two hours a week, or even an afternoon a month. The key is to treat it as a non-negotiable appointment with yourself.

You can also take a Clarity Break™ with your Integrator™ to gain clarity together. But these should be additional breaks and shouldn’t substitute the intentional time you need to schedule for yourself regularly.

Signs You Need a Clarity Break™ Right Now:

There may also be times when you need to take a spontaneous Clarity Break™ that’s not already on your schedule. Ever felt overwhelmed, directionless, or just plain irritated? That’s your internal system nudging you toward one. Here are some signs to pay attention to:

  • Mental Clutter: If you’re finding it hard to focus or feel like your mind is a jumbled mess, this is a strong indicator that you may need to step back to gain clarity on where you’re at, where you want to go, and how you can get there.
  • Chronic Stress: If you feel overwhelmed, irritated, or you’re dealing with high-stress levels, that’s a clue it’s time for a Clarity Break™. It’s time to step back and consider what’s contributing to those feelings. Even if it’s something you may not want to face, the time to do it is now before things get worse. Not to mention, chronic stress can be detrimental to your health.
  • Lack of Alignment: If your actions seem disconnected from your larger goals or vision, a clarity break can bring you back on course. You can use this time to think, get realigned with your vision and mission, and return to your work reenergized.
  • Pressing Issues: If there’s a pressing issue or you’re struggling with a problem you can’t seem to find the solution to, taking a break to collect your thoughts can help you see it more clearly. You already know the answer to these pressing issues often, but fear of making the wrong move may be holding you back. Taking a moment to pause and review those solutions can offer you the confidence you need to move forward.

How Clarity Breaks™ Work 

In our world of unrelenting commitments, distractions, and deadlines, Clarity Breaks™ offer an oasis of thoughtful introspection and strategic planning. But to reap its full benefits, it’s crucial to approach it correctly. How you conduct your Clarity Break™ can be as important as taking the break itself. Here are some tips to make the most of this intentional time:

  • Location Matters – Choose a location that is quiet and free of distractions, preferably away from your office or company building. If you work at home, you’ll want to find a place away from home. The goal is to create a tranquil environment where your thoughts can flow freely. A change of scenery can also provide a fresh perspective and boost your creativity.
  • Tools of the Trade – Bring along a journal or notebook and a pen. Leave your phone in the car or your office to avoid interruptions. The act of physically writing down your thoughts has been shown to help improve memory retention and facilitate deeper thinking and understanding.
  • Let Your Mind Wander – Once settled, allow your brain to drift. It’s okay to let your thoughts wander. Remember, during a Clarity Break™, there are no bad or wrong ideas. Jot down all that comes to mind, from strategies and challenges to random insights that might pop up, and don’t worry about organizing them just yet. This is all part of the clarity-seeking process.
  • Be Honest and Unfiltered – This is the time to be brutally honest with yourself. With no one around to judge, you can lay out your concerns, ambitions, and even your fears. As you do this, you’ll find that clarity emerges, almost like a mist lifting to reveal the landscape. You’ll start to see where you want to take your business and what obstacles stand in your way.
  • Ask Yourself Provocative Questions – Challenge yourself with questions like:Is this project aligning with our mission and vision?   * Is that employee a good fit for the position we just promoted them into?   * Are we on track to hit this goal, or do we need to change course?   * Was X, Y, or Z a good decision, or not?
  • Celebrate Your Wins – While much of your Clarity Break™ might involve problem-solving and strategizing, don’t forget to take a moment to acknowledge your accomplishments. Celebrate your wins and “yeses” to remind yourself how far you’ve come. This can serve as motivation for the journey ahead.
  • Follow Your Visionary Instincts: Your gut often knows the answer before your brain does. If an idea or a solution sparks within during your break, take note of it. These moments of clarity are gold mines of innovation and strategy.
  • Face Overwhelm or Uncertainty: If you feel overwhelmed or lost at any point, take a step back. Pinpoint what’s causing these feelings. Whether it’s information overload, distractions, or trying to force ideas, acknowledging the root will help you navigate through it. Remember, the Clarity Break™ isn’t about forcing results but letting them flow naturally.
  • Review and Reflect – Once you’ve exhausted your thoughts, review your notes. Let your instincts guide you toward the next steps. With this newfound clarity, you’re now equipped to tackle challenges head-on and make informed decisions in alignment with your vision.
  • Rinse and Repeat – Make Clarity Breaks™ a habit. Schedule them just like you would any other crucial business meeting. Over time, you’ll find these sessions invaluable in your Visionary toolkit, helping you lead with more insight, purpose, and effectiveness.

Taking the time to plan and execute your Clarity Break™ thoughtfully will significantly enhance its impact. After all, clarity isn’t a destination but a continual process. Make the most of your Clarity Breaks™ to keep your vision sharp and your strategies effective.

I Challenge You to Take a Clarity Break™ Right Now!

In a world that’s constantly demanding more, taking a Clarity Break™ isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity for focused, effective leadership. It’s your private strategy session with the most crucial person in your business: you. Don’t put it off waiting for the ‘right time.’

I challenge you to stop what you’re doing, grab something to write on and something to write with and leave right now. Find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted and can’t be distracted. Let your mind wander, and let the thoughts flow. Write them down with no judgment or editing – simply capture them. When you’re done brainstorming, look at what you have, and your gut will tell you the next steps. Listen to those feelings, and act on them.

If you’d like to share your clarity “a-has” with me, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a note in the comments.

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About the Author Brenda Violette

Brenda Violette, Founder and CEO of Violette Business Services, LLC, is a highly experienced and sought-after Fractional Integrator™ and Mentor based in Connecticut. With a remarkable track record of over 30 years in leadership, Brenda excels in administration, operations, and people management. As a relentless learner, Brenda actively engages in multiple EOS®-based Visionary/Integrator™ communities and holds esteemed memberships in the FIM (Female Integrator Mastermind) and Advanced Integrator™ Mastery Forum in Rocket Fuel. She’s also a distinguished Rocket Fuel Mastery Program graduate and a certified Kolbe Consultant™. With a keen focus on driving growth and making a positive impact beyond profit, Brenda guides Visionaries to achieve their strategic goals. Brenda brings transformative value to her clients and partners exclusively with companies operating on the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®), who are already working with an EOS® Implementer™ or have graduated from the program. Discover how Brenda can propel your business towards significant growth and sustainability while freeing you to fulfill your role as the Visionary. Visit www.BrendaViolette.com to learn more.

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