Clarity Lessons From a Hedgehog

Clarity Lessons From a Hedgehog

In less than two weeks, the clock will strike midnight ushering in a New Year – a transformation that is typically accompanied by revelry and proclamations of resolutions and big, bold, goals. As I was thinking about the New Year, I thought of a hedgehog. Weird, right? However these spiny mammals can actually teach you and me a thing or two about how to prepare for success. Hedgehogs are known for their peculiar approach to foraging. They are also known for how they protect themselves when threatened: they roll into a tight ball. Setting aside the motive for why they do it, in an odd way, it is this practice of rolling into a tight ball — of going inside — that can help you when it comes to something that I believe is critical for sustainable success: having clarity. Are you clear about what you want? Are you clear about what you want to be different next year? Are you clear about what you want to change; how about what you want to stay the same? Are you clear about the deepest desires of your heart? How do you define clarity? What do you stand for; what are you willing to do (or what won’t you do) to make whatever you stand for happen? What do you value? What are your priorities? What are your goals? Do you feel so stuck that clarity seems like a luxury, rather than an absolute necessity? Clarity…the new sexy? I ask these questions because these (or variations thereof) are questions I’ve been pondering as I get ready to kick start 2013. And...