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9 Effective Ways to Exploit a Sudden Burst of Clarity


From Mark & Angel Hack Life


For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.
– Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


  1. Jot It All Down Immediately – Keep a pen and some scratch paper nearby at all times.  If clarity strikes, jot down every idea that crosses your mind.  Sometimes you might even sketch out illustrations and flow diagrams.  It doesn’t have to be pretty.  Just make sure you will be able to clearly comprehend your notes later on.
  2. Record Contextual Details About the Moment – There have been times when I’ve attempted to review a note to no avail.  I stare at it, completely puzzled as to how the note is applicable to anything significant.  It seems irrelevant to my life.  Why?  I failed to record the contextual details.  Context is absolutely vital when it comes to associating ideas and thoughts with practical applications.  Recording the current time, location, and activity next to each note can help you recall its significance, allowing you to pick up right where you left off.
  3. Take Your Time – Its way too easy to blaze through your routine without taking the time to accurately reflect on your thoughts.  You must take it slow enough to successfully capture moments of clarity when they arise.  Your mind needs to be operating at a pace that leaves enough mental capacity for thought reflection and initial evaluation.
  4. Maintain an Optimistic, Open Mind – A closed mind is a wasted mind.  You should never prejudge an inspired idea without taking the necessary time to mindfully evaluate it.  Not every apparent moment of clarity will produce a brilliant idea or solution, but many will.  Furthermore, some flawed ideas may ignite your curiosity and imagination, both of which have the ability to change the dynamics of everything.
  5. Escape to Silence and Brainstorm – If at all possible, immediately escape to a quite location when you have a bout of mental clarity.  This will allow you to accurately sort out your thoughts without the negative influence of external interruptions or distractions.
  6. Take Instant Action – There are cases of clarity when taking instant action makes the most sense, especially if the thought process is based around creativity or self-confidence.  This mental state of clarity is sometimes referred to as “being in the zone”.  In order to maximize effectiveness, this “in the zone” state may require you to exist solely in the present moment, taking instantaneous action while your mind is clear.
  7. Discuss It with Someone You Respect – Having an intellectual discussion with someone you respect is one of the best ways to evaluate the strength of your ideas.  Sometimes, just the simple act of verbally explaining an idea will shed light on something you had previously overlooked.  Obviously, the other person will also be able to deliver a third party point of view.
  8. Store All Ideas in One Accessible Location – Documenting all your ideas during a sudden burst of clarity is worthless if you misplace your notes.  Organize a system for yourself that creates a single, centralized place to store every note you take.  Pacing around in circles saying “Where did I put my notes?” would be tragic as you sit down to finalize your formula for curing HIV.
  9. Review Ideas as Soon as Realistically Feasible – Once you have an efficient system down for storing your ideas, you have to create a regular habit of reviewing them.  You should always review your notes as soon as you possibly can.  That way, if you missed a key point or forgot to record contextual details, you still have the idea fairly fresh in your mind.  This also makes assessing the value of your ideas much easier.

Bursts of mental clarity can be sudden and unpredictable.  But if you are prepared, you can exploit your mind’s capabilities to its max potential.

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