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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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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