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John Groberg John Groberg practical philosopher. clarity catalyst. dad.

John Groberg is a husband, father, serial entrepreneur, writer, and executive coach. His writing and coaching focuses on assisting others to grow in their own clarity. [http://johngroberg.com]

I keep coming back to the idea of clarity – increasing my own and assisting others with increasing theirs. That’s why I love writing and coaching, because they help me do both of those things.

What I mean by clarity is seeing things more as they really are and less as I’ve come to believe they are through my human conditioning. Gaining clarity actually involves going through a process of becoming disillusioned, of removing illusions.

Big events make us review what’s meaningful to us because they cause us to see through our illusions. To evolve, we have to go through a process of being disillusioned and sometimes those big events in life can startle us into it. They’re life’s way of ensuring that even if we don’t choose it proactively, disillusionment happens to us eventually.

My process of moving toward clarity begins by paying attention to how I feel. Here are some of the signs I’ve found that let me know I’m in a space of clarity: I find myself easily amused by simple things. Gratitude and enjoyment come naturally – I don’t have to work on them. I feel an innate esteem for myself and others, without needing to analyze or compare. I feel naturally kind and forgiving toward myself and others. I see possibilities everywhere. Everything and everyone becomes my teacher. I have a sense of security, even without certainty. I have confidence in the unknown. I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I prefer it that way. I’m at peace.

I’ve come to realize that when I’m not in that space of clarity, anything I do to try and move back into it makes things worse. Often, it’s my own stressful thinking that keeps me from being in a space of clarity. The more I focus on being (by doing something like taking a walk or playing music) rather than thinking, the sooner I reconnect with wellbeing.

Seeking greater clarity is how I love to live. Everything I’m motivated to do is somehow driven by that. I see moving toward clarity as the realization of the perfection of everything, as becoming more of who we already are. I haven’t found an edge or an outer limit to the process of exploring clarity. Becoming more of who I am is a lifelong process, one that’s never finished. There’s always more clarity to be had, if I want it.

– John Groberg

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