Signs You Are Suffering From a Lack of Clarity

by Angy
Signs of a lack of clarity

Something that has been vital to me on my journey of self-love has been finding out exactly what I want in my life. 

Many of us are influenced by what goes on around us, ‘who/what’ our families want us to become, how society wants us to behave.

Yet, when we make the time to reflect and review our lives, we come to the realisation that we need to be clear on what we want to achieve in life.

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To be clear on what you want in life, you must discover how to focus the mind and fight direction in your life.

So, how can you change being held back by a lack of clarity?

Signs that a lack of clarity is holding you back

5 Signs You Are Suffering From a Lack of Clarity

If you feel as though everyone is moving forward with their lives, while you never seem to move, you might be suffering from a lack of clarity. Having a direction in life is a key element to feeling content with who you are, and what you’re doing.

The pressure of modern life can get a bit much, especially if you feel as though you’re not living your best life right now.

When you have a lack of clarity in your life, you can start to feel lost, confused and anxious. To focus the mind, you need to first identify whether what you’re feeling is a lack of clarity, or something else.

So, here are 5 signs a lack of clarity is holding you back.

Sign 1: You Are Indecisive

You Have Self Doubt

This is one of the most obvious signs that you’re lacking clarity in your life at the moment. Not being able to make a decision, or making a decision but failing to follow through, is a massive red flag when it comes to your mental health.

Whether you avoid taking control, when it comes to decision making, or you change your mind with the blink of an eye, if you’re indecisive the majority of the time, it’s likely that you’re suffering from a lack of clarity.

In social work practice, a lack of clarity can impact negatively on the lives of the people you support. Take the time to understand the background of each person on your case list to make timely decisions.

If you struggle to make minor decisions, work on your skills and knowledge. Pursue a short course or attend a workshop to help increase your abilities and skills.

Sign 2: You Have Self Doubt

Self-doubt

Being indecisive can also be linked to self-doubt. Doubting your own ability to make the right choice, whether it’s involving something small, such as where to go for lunch with your partner, or a life-changing decision like moving abroad, that is driving you crazy, if you don’t trust yourself first, you’re not giving yourself the opportunity to grow, develop and succeed.

In social work practice, there may be times when you will doubt yourself and your ability to decide. This may encourage risk averse practice.

Consulting with your supervisor or colleagues where you can talk through things can help you unpin key issues and help you trust the decisions you make. 

You may also want to have a conversation with someone who has a positive outlook on life and empower you. 

Untie that knot as soon as possible!

Sign 3: You’re Often Forgetful

Forgetful

People who suffer from a lack of clarity may also be quite forgetful. If your head is a noisy space, filled with anxiety and self-doubt, it’s easy to become forgetful. If you find that you’re losing your keys on a regular basis, missing your flight, or you forget to turn off the iron at home, this is a good sign that you’re dealing with a lack of clarity in your life.

In social work practice, constantly bouncing around and not doing everything at once can lead to forgetfulness. I know this because I have been there! I became overwhelmed by having a lot on my plate.

If you find yourself in the same situation, I can confidently say that you are heading for disaster! Nowadays, I try not to juggle too much at work and priortise my other commitments.

Sign 4: You Have A Short Attention Span

Focus your attention

Can’t seem to focus on your favorite podcast, blog, YouTube channel or TV show anymore, when you used to be able to multi-task without a problem?

A short attention span can also be a powerful sign that you’re lacking focus and direction.

If you’re feeling as though you don’t have a purpose in life, or you can’t seem to make up your mind on what you want to do in life, your mind will be swinging back and forth from one idea to the next, giving you a very short attention span.

In social work practice, your inability to recall names, or forgetting the outcome of a meeting you just attended shows a lack of clarity. If you experience this, try noting down names and key ideas during meetings.

Sign 5: You Suffer From Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety can affect people for many reasons, but if you are watching friends and family progress and advance in life, while you seem to sit on the sidelines, this can be because of a lack of mental clarity.

A blanket of smoke in your mind, a lack of clarity can be a confusing time in your life and can even trigger anxiety and stress.

What Can You Do to Overcome A Lack of Clarity?

Focus The Mind

Focus Mind

For mental clarity, try a few holistic techniques the next time you’re feeling indecisive, anxious or unhappy and the results may pleasantly surprise you.

  • Meditation and breathing exercises to treat anxiety.
  • Create a mood board of goals and ambitions to focus the mind.
  • Practice gratitude daily.
  • Make a simple decision and follow-through.
  • Repeat daily to help overcome self-doubt and indecisiveness.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading this article. Have you learned a thing or two? Remember, if you’re finding it you are suffering from a lack of clarity and finding it hard to focus on life, then speak to someone you trust! Alternatively, you call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 – you talk; they listen!

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Signs You Are Suffering From a Lack of Clarity: Final Thoughts

  • Sign 1: You Are Indecisive
  • Sign 2: You Have Self Doubt
  • Sign 3: You’re Often Forgetful
  • Sign 4: You Have A Short Attention Span
  • Sign 5: You Suffer From Anxiety

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10 comments

Alyse August 14, 2020 - 3:39 pm

Great article and tips on sign of a lack of clarity. I would love to share with my friend so we can implement this together.

Thanks for sharing with clarity. 🙂

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socialworkhaven August 15, 2020 - 11:59 am

You are most welcome Alyse

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C.N. August 14, 2020 - 3:49 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this information with us! I feel that many people, especially now, suffer from a lack of clarity. Many people either don’t know what their purpose is (which God will reveal to us if we pray, get into his Holy Word, and wait for his voice), aren’t sure what they want out of life (i.e. just looking for any way to pay the bills), or don’t follow through on the things that they do want (they’re afraid of failure). God has blessed all of us with various skills/talents/abilities, and has a calling on each and every single one of our lives. If we tap into it, work hard, and don’t give up, we will flourish. God bless you!

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socialworkhaven August 15, 2020 - 12:00 pm

We give up on things quite easily especially when we don’t see immediate results however, persistence can help us flourish in the end.

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Richard August 14, 2020 - 10:06 pm

Thanks for this interesting article. I think I’m showing Sgn 1 and 2. And I think it could also be because I haven’t really sat down to think through and have a clear goal in life. I somehow couldn’t get around to it. I’m always doing something but somehow never really firm up and able to say, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Not quite sure if that is also the right way since things change with time. Overall, excellent post!

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socialworkhaven August 15, 2020 - 12:02 pm

Thank you Richard.

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Gareth August 15, 2020 - 6:11 am

Wow, 4 out of 5 of the above points I struggle with. And I thought I had a relatively clear goal and direction, plus i meditate and practice gratitude daily. Although I have been struggling to make a “breakthrough”, so maybe it’s still on it’s way. I do think I need to revisit and remind myself of my goals daily, which I think will aid my clarity of direction.
Thanks for the post – it’s really made me think!

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socialworkhaven August 15, 2020 - 12:02 pm

Glad it had an impact Gareth 🙂

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Tom August 15, 2020 - 9:08 am

Hey,

This is a really important article for me because I do suffer from lack of clarity sometimes. It’s mainly because I can become indecisive. I haven’t looked into any workshops or courses on this yet. What I do is ask people who I trust and who have experience in what I am deciding on for their help. If they cannot help me then I still don’t have clarity. So, I will see what these online courses can offer.

I’ll let you know if I purchase a course and if they help me or not.

Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work.

All the best,

Tom

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socialworkhaven August 15, 2020 - 12:03 pm

Tom, there are some very good courses on Skill share you can review in your spare time!

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