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7 Questions and 4 Things To Develop Clarity

08 November  2013, by A. Cedilla

  • Would you drive around with fantastically dirt-smeared front windows on your car?
  • Or — here’s another scenario — drive with squeaky-clean windshields, but in a pea-soup fog?
  • How about walking around with fogged-up glasses? Or going about your business with cracked lenses? Or glasses with the wrong prescription?

We’re a visual species. Any way you hack it, the ability to see and envision things clearly is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal, and not just in a purely physical, eyesight sort of way.

What we see we accept as real. Things we ‘downplay’ –they tend to ‘fade into the sunset.’ Or into the background.
What doesn’t register doesn’t get done. The little things that our eyes slide over can come back to trip us up.

  • Thus the warning about “reading the fine print” and “out of sight, out of mind.”
  • This also applies to ‘keeping your eyes on the prize.’ Or the goal. Or the ball.
  • See what I mean?

These scenarios are based on visual imagery. That’s how deeply it runs, and something rooted so thoroughly in our whole way of, haha, seeing and moving in the world deserves to be examined and leveraged on a personal level, so we can live and spend our days more wisely. The obstacle though, lies in doing uncomfortable things that ask a lot from us.


Practicing to develop clearer vision is an involved process, and any beneficial result will not be gained without discomfort and uncertainty involved. It can take a cutting sense of honesty to develop discernment (from ‘discere‘ , Latin for “to cut, separate or divide”) and to start slicing away at blinders we didn’t know we had on, or scraping away at things that have been obscuring our vision.

We’re asked to look at things we’d rather not, or imagine doing things that run counter to what we’ve accepted as as good sense. In a way, this is a self-protective reflex to avoid discomfort. But in a more mature sense, discomfort is only a natural part of the price we pay to be able to grow into a deeper strength, and developing clarity is certainly a strength. Continue reading 7 Questions and 4 Things To Develop Clarity

The Essentials of Keeping It Simple

30 April 2011,by A. Cedilla

There are several flavors of KISS available, aside from the tartly traditional “Keep it simple, stupid!”

There’s the sweeter “Keep it short and simple,” for people who want less attitude, and the more eloquent “Keep it short and straightforward,” for the more precise among us.

As an example, The KISS Principle as applied to coding embodies the very essence of the entire idea. It’s short, straightforward and gets to the point: helping you apply KISS to your work.

In KISS, the fewer things and factors to consider, the fewer things can go wrong. When you factor out the non-essentials, you leave more focus on the vital 20% (of the 80/20 principle, a supportive, close cousin to KISS) and make more time for the essentials, so you have a leg up on what needs to be accomplished to actually getting it done.

Like the circles on a dart board which successively narrow down your focus to the bull’s-eye, keeping things simple asks you to marrow down on the heart of the matter, what is essential to its success — and then taking action to get to that point. If you know that this needs to happen so that that gets to become a reality — you move to make this happen so that you can have that.

Plain and simple.
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