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Clarity, Direction, and a Plan: The Meaning Behind My Motto

Creating a sense of clarity, direction, and having a plan centers us amidst the chaos of life. It is a way to stay focused on our goals, prioritize our actions accordingly, and remember what matters most. That’s why having a clear sense of direction and a well-defined plan is essential to success, especially in business. As someone who has spent many years working with businesses of all kinds, I can attest to the importance of having a motto that reflects these values. In this blog, I’ll explore the meaning behind my own personal motto, “Clarity, Direction, and Plan,” and how it relates to strategic operational mapping.


Clarity is the first element of my motto. To me, clarity means having a clear understanding of what you want to achieve and why. It’s about having a clear sense of purpose and a clear set of goals that you are working towards. Without clarity, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds and lose sight of what’s truly important. That’s why I always start any strategic mapping project by defining the client’s goals and objectives. By doing so, we can ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards a common vision.


Direction is the second element of my motto. To me, direction means having a clear path forward toward your goals. It’s about knowing what steps you need to take to get from where you are now to where you want to be and in what order to take them. Without direction, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose momentum.


Finally, having a plan is the third element of my motto. A plan requires clear objectives and a clear strategy for how to achieve them. First, it’s important to have a well-defined end goal and a timeline for completion, then break down the steps needed to get there. This includes identifying tasks with deadlines, milestones that need to be met along the way, and any potential roadblocks or challenges that may arise. By having a detailed roadmap of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, you can stay focused on the task at hand, remain organized in your efforts, and ensure you are making steady progress toward your end goals.

Strategic Mapping

So, what does this all have to do with strategic mapping? At its core, strategic mapping is about aligning your organization’s goals and objectives with its resources and capabilities. It’s about creating a roadmap for success that takes into account the unique challenges and opportunities facing your organization. By focusing on clarity, direction, and plan, we can create a strategic map that is both actionable and achievable.

For example, let’s say that a client comes to me with the goal of increasing their market share in a particular industry. The first step in any strategic mapping project would be to define the client’s objectives and goals. In this case, the goal is to increase market share, but the objectives might include things like increasing brand awareness, improving customer satisfaction, and expanding product offerings.

Once we have a clear understanding of the client’s goals and objectives, the next step is to develop a roadmap that outlines the steps necessary to achieve those goals. This might include things like developing a new marketing campaign, improving customer service, and expanding distribution channels.

Finally, we need to create a detailed project plan that outlines the specific tasks and timelines for achieving each of these objectives. This might include things like conducting market research, developing new product offerings, and launching a new website.

Throughout the strategic mapping process, we need to maintain a focus on clarity, direction, and a plan. By doing so, we can ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards a common vision. We can also ensure that the project stays on track and that we are making progress toward our goals.


Having a well-defined plan gives us something concrete to strive for; it sets us up for success rather than failure. Having a well-thought-out plan means that we have considered potential obstacles beforehand and have planned ways of overcoming them should they arise. This eliminates uncertainty in decision-making, as we know what needs to be done in order to move forward with our goals. Additionally, having a specific timeline or structure can help ensure that progress is made efficiently and effectively toward our desired outcome – this saves time, energy, and resources that could otherwise be wasted by not knowing where you are going or how long it will take to get there.


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