If you want greater clarity when it comes to your vision for the future, then disruption may be your best solution. Now, I know this may seem counterintuitive, because when we think of disruption, we mostly focus on the negative feelings that come with it, like disappointment, failure, and regret.
In fact, we’re conditioned to avoid it at all costs, because of what we stand to lose (time, money, status), while little attention is paid to what can be gained from this experience. That's why it’s time we changed our relationship to disruption and acknowledge that we stand to benefit hugely from the greater clarity that a disruptive force can bring into our lives.
Why? Because often the most clarifying moments for us are when our well-established routines, ideas, and assumptions we’ve made about how the world is supposed to work are suddenly brought to a halt.
Take a second and think about a significant moment in your life where you gained greater clarity on a particular situation or a problem that needed to be solved. Did that come about without a significant change to your routines, ideas, or assumptions? Of course not! More often than not, clarity requires that you acknowledge someone else having a better, more efficient, or more accurate understanding of a situation than you do. They saw something you missed. All of us want greater clarity in almost every part of our lives, but few of us acknowledge the discomfort and humility it requires.
Well established patterns, routines, and ideas, while they maybe beneficial at first, eventually lead to complacency, which I think is important to define here: complacency is “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like.” It would seem that it’s “complacency,” not “disruption,” that should be avoided. Complacency shrouds our clarity, while disruption brings our defects into the light. If clarity is what you seek, you have to invite disruptive thoughts, ideas, and practices into your routine and strategy.
You have two ways of approaching change and disruption. You can stick your head in the sand until your strategy fails to hold. OR...
You can seek clarity about your situation and future prospects by intentionally incorporating disruption into your actual strategy and routine.
Here's a few ways to get started:
If greater clarity is what you seek, then allow disruption to be your teacher.