7 Simple Tips to Develop Greater Mental Clarity

Ability to think clearly and accurately will never be overrated. Many of us walk around distracted or practically in a daze.

This can be due to a variety of factors, including poor diet, a lack of sleep, or even a lack of understanding ourselves and our values.

We live lives full of distractions that vie for our attention. Being more clear-headed can increase the level of success you enjoy and your overall sense of wellbeing.

Try these tips to enjoy greater mental clarity:

1. Start with your diet.

Caffeine, sugar, and all the chemicals found in processed foods can work against mental clarity.

No one likes to change their diet, but it may be the most important thing you can do to improve your ability to think clearly and concentrate.

A good place to start is to stay natural. If a particular food item didn’t have a mother or come from a plant or tree, don’t eat it. That means meat, vegetables, nuts, fruits, and grains.

2. Get enough sleep.

According to extensive research, 7-8 hours of sleep is best for the vast majority of the adult population.

You might think you do well with six hours or less but try giving seven hours a chance for a week before making a final decision.

Naps are another great way to increase clarity and alertness. Experiment with duration and find out what works best for you.

A great time for a nap is around 2:00 in the afternoon. That seems to be the time when energy begins to wane.

3. Know your values.

When you know your values and live by them, making decisions become easy. It’s when you lack an understanding of what’s important to you that decisions are difficult.

Think about your values and write them down. Review them regularly.

4. Remove distractions.

Distractions include everything in your environment and emotional space that steal your attention.

What do you find yourself doing or thinking about instead of doing what you should be doing?

Do what you can to eliminate these things from your life.

5. Meditate.

Meditation is great for removing mental clutter. Get your hands on a book or take a course and learn how to meditate.

Meditate daily. It’s an important skill to learn and master. Be patient and soon you’ll see the benefits.

6. Take frequent, scheduled breaks.

One way to keep your mind clear is to take breaks, even when you feel like you don’t need one. When you realize that you need a break, it’s too late!

Studies show that a 10-minute break each hour is about right for most people. You’ll accomplish more, too.

7. Have goals.

Goals are useful in many ways, but perhaps their greatest utility is in the clarity they provide. Your goals provide focus.

Not sure what to do? Ask yourself which option is best for achieving your goals. Without goals, you’re just drifting through life.

How would you rate your mental clarity? Are you clear on your values and who you are as a person? Are you easily distracted? Do you find it hard to focus for long periods of time?

Use these tips to enhance your mental clarity.

With greater mental clarity you can get more accomplished each day. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep and eating properly.

If you're still struggling, consider visiting your physician.

Learn to Influence Others and Gain More Control Over Your Destiny

With enough influence, you can do nearly anything. Some people are seemingly born with the ability to get others to do their bidding.

The rest of us have to learn this important skill.

You can never have too much influence. More influence means more power to control your life. You have more options when you have more influence.

Those with the most influence are the real movers and shakers in the world. You can become one of these people.

Having influence over others is largely a skill that can be developed.

Use these strategies to develop greater influence over others:

1. Money.

Money does provide influence in many situations. It might not make you more influential at work, but it can provide a lot of influence in other areas of life.

It might not be a palatable idea to many people, but money and influence go together like peas and carrots.

2. Influential friends.

Along with money, having powerful friends can take you places. Let’s face it, being friends with the governor of your state can do more for you than making friends with the old lady down the street.

When you’re friends with someone influential, you gain influence.

3. A large network.

While the quality of your network matters, the size can matter, too.

When you have a large group of people interested in your happiness and success, you have a lot of influence.

4. Power.

The more power you have, the more influence you potentially have. You have more influence over your work environment if you’re the CEO instead of the intern.

5. Persuasive skills.

Skills matter, too. Study self help books on charisma and influence. Look at books teaching persuasion and sales skills.

There’s lots of information for those that are interested in learning how to persuade others.

6. Show integrity.

When people trust you, you have a greater ability to influence them. Use every opportunity to demonstrate to others that you can be trusted.

Be open about your values and prove to the world that you live by them.

7. Be a high achiever.

We’re impressed and influenced by those that succeed. When you learn how to control yourself and your environment, you also learn how to influence others.

High achievers develop power and financial resources. They can also develop a large social network more readily.

8. Learn leadership skills.

Learn how to lead others. Good leaders find it easy to influence others.

In fact, leadership is largely about how to influence others to buy into your ideas. Great leaders always have the power to be influential.

How much influence do you have in your life right now? What could you do if you had 10 times as much influence over people and your environment?

What are you willing to do to become more influential?

Those that have a lot of influence are able to get things done quickly and easily. Having little to no influence requires a lot more time and effort.

Building influence is not unlike building a business. There are several factors that comprise influence.

Start where you can and begin building your influence today.

Related reading: How to set goals online guide

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