— Last updated on February 2, 2022 —
Mental clarity is essential to achieve anything important in life. If you don’t have clear thoughts, you won’t be able to make decisions or take action.
Mental clarity is a state of mind where you are aware of your surroundings and able to focus on the task at hand.
When you lack mental clarity, you can easily become distracted, confused, and overwhelmed.
I have written about the main causes of procrastination, but I need to expand on why mental clarity is so important, because procrastination is a byproduct of a lack of mental clarity.
One thing that people often ask is, “Why don’t I have mental clarity?” The answer is that there are many reasons why people struggle with mental clarity. Some of them include:
- Too much information
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet
- Excessive caffeine
- Too many choices
In all of these cases, it takes time to develop your mental clarity and to identify what’s causing it. Once you know what’s causing the problem, you can start working towards fixing it.
Now, I will cover why mental clarity is important, especially now in this digital age, because we are constantly being distracted by things around us.
This constant barrage of stimuli keeps us from focusing on our long-term goals and makes us go from mentally clear to mentally confused.
1. Mental clarity helps you recognize bad patterns
When you have poor mental clarity, it will help you identify bad habits that may lead to emotional eating, overeating, or other unhealthy behaviors.
We live in an era where technology has made everything easier than ever before. It makes sense that we would want to use this technology to get things done faster, but this also creates problems.
For example, when you work long hours, you might not eat properly because you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals. You could end up gaining weight.
You could also find yourself constantly checking email and social media sites instead of doing important tasks. This leads to less productivity and more stress.
These bad patterns create a negative feedback loop that leads to low self-esteem and laziness.
The good news is that when you improve your mental clarity, you’ll be able to break those bad habits and start living a healthier lifestyle.
2. Mental clarity is important to process new information
If you lack mental clarity, it will be difficult to process new information.
The reason is that if we stuff our brains full of too much information, it will cause overload.
This means that we won’t be able to effectively absorb all the new information. Instead, we’ll just ignore it and move on.
As a result, we’ll miss out on opportunities that could change our lives.
It takes time to reflect on new information and make changes. So, if you don’t have mental clarity, you won’t be able to do this.
I remember when I was watching YouTube videos for almost 6 hours per day, my ability to process new information was very limited. Instead of getting better results, I ended up feeling tired and unmotivated.
I was watching videos on self-improvement and thinking that was good for me. But after awhile, I started noticing that I wasn’t improving as fast as I thought I should.
This led me to realize that I didn’t have enough mental clarity to process new information.
Even when I was reading books, my ability to process information was very limited. I had to stop myself from reading and consuming information online just to notice what my real limit was for productive consumption of new information was.
So, if you think you need to watch YouTube videos or read books to become successful, then you’re wrong. Instead, you should prioritize your mental clarity.
3. Mental clarity helps you prioritize what is important
By taking some time to reflect on what’s really important, you’ll be able to figure out what needs to be done first.
Like I mentioned earlier, if you are always busy with unimportant things but think they are important, this will affect your life negatively.
In fact, if you spend most of your time working on something that isn’t important, you’ll feel stressed and unhappy. You will not notice this immediately, but over time, you’ll start experiencing issues.
When you focus on what’s important, you’ll feel motivated and happy. If you only do things that bring you happiness, you will never grow.
Usually, things that are important to us are the ones that give us joy in the long run, but they seem hard, laborious , and boring at the beginning.
For example, if you want to get into shape, you might hate running because it seems like a lot of work. However, once you reach a certain level of fitness, you’ll enjoy it.
You can also see this in people who love playing video games. They might play them every day, but they still find ways to justify their addiction by saying “it’s fun”.
But if you spend all your time playing video games, you will eventually lose interest in other activities.
Once you know what is important, you can use this knowledge to create an action plan.
4. Mental clarity gives you a sense of confidence and calmness
Confidence is one of the most powerful tools you can use to achieve success. If you lack confidence, you’ll end up doing things that aren’t even worth it.
But if you ask me, we need to have a balance of confidence and calmness. Confidence is needed to take risks, while calmness allows us to deal with failure and detach from temporary pain.
If you lack confidence, you will try to avoid making mistakes. This means that you will end up spending more energy than necessary trying to avoid potential failure.
If you lack confidence, you won’t take chances. You’ll keep waiting for someone else to make decisions for you.
On the other hand, if you don’t have calmness, you’ll panic when facing challenges. You’ll feel overwhelmed and anxious.
When you are mentally clear, you can act confidently without being too nervous about failing. You are aware of your limits and you know how to handle situations.
My stress levels decreased as I was mentally clearer. It gave me more confidence to face challenges.
It is funny how you can make decisions with ease when you have peace of mind. When you are confident, you can easily decide which path to follow.
This is why mental clarity is so important. Without it, you will be tense, reactive, and be on the constant lookout to protect yourself instead of being the one going after opportunities.
5. Mental clarity removes negative self-talk
Your quality of life is determined by the thoughts you think. The way you think determines the kind of person you become.
If you constantly tell yourself that you’re stupid or worthless, you will end up believing those words.
And as you believe these lies, you will start acting like them.
When you have a focused mind, you can stop thinking negatively, and the reason is that you can limit what you allow yourself to think about.
You see, an unclear mind is always wandering around. It is easy to get distracted and think about something unrelated.
We tend to think more negatively throughout the day because we want to be prepared for future events. We fear that we may not be able to handle whatever comes our way.
Negative self-talk is a natural part of living. But when you are mentally clear, it becomes funny when you notice these thoughts.
You won’t even need to eliminate negative self-talk; it will eliminate itself as you see that as non-relevant to your identity.
6. Mental clarity gives you energy
The reason why we feel drained after spending too much time indoors is that we spend too much time inside our heads.
Our brains are wired to focus on the past and the future. They are designed to process information.
In order to do that effectively, they require a lot of energy. And since we live in a digital age where there’s no physical activity involved, our brain needs to work overtime to keep up with all the data coming at it.
So, if you find yourself feeling tired and drained, it is probably because your brain is working harder than usual.
But when you are mentally clear, you can use fewer resources. Your brain doesn’t need to expend extra effort processing information. So you can actually experience more energy than before.
Your energy levels increase when you are mentally clear. You feel more energetic and are ready to take action.
7. Mental clarity is vital for your mental health
All your life experiences shape who you are today, but your mental resources are only limited to the amount of knowledge you carry within.
With this in mind, it makes sense that having a clear mind is essential for your overall well-being.
A clear mind allows you to absorb new ideas and learn from others.
People who have mental fogginess often struggle to understand other people’s points of view. This means that you can not relate to them emotionally.
As a result, their relationships suffer.
Your brain health and how sharp a mind you have is directly related to quality sleep, which is important for your overall mental and physical health.
I’ve noticed that if I get less than 6 hours of sleep, I feel groggy during the day.It feels like my brain is not functioning properly.
But when I get 8 hours of sleep, I am refreshed and energized. My concentration improves, and I retain more information.
When you don’t have a foggy mind, it is easier to concentrate on tasks that are meaningful to you. There are so many benefits when it comes to taking care of your mental health, but it is a byproduct of your mental clarity.
I’ll now answer two questions that would naturally come up, as you now know why clarity is important.
How do you develop mental clarity?
From personal experience, I can tell you that there are two effective ways to achieve mental clarity. The first is to practice mindfulness, or stillness.
Mindfulness is about being aware of what is happening right now. When you’re mindful, you are present in the moment without thinking ahead or behind. You are fully engaged with whatever is going on around you.
The second way is by having a regular exercise routine. You will not only get physical health benefits, but your brain activity gets stimulated, your inflammation levels go down, and you will get more oxygen flowing through your body.
Both these methods help you stay focused on the task at hand. But if you want to achieve mental clarity as fast as possible, you should combine both.
How do you maintain mental clarity?
The same way you develop it, you need to have a daily routine. You need to set aside time every day to do your routine. Your daily life may vary depending on your schedule, but make sure you stick to it.
Consistency is the key, not intensity. With consistency, results compound over time. Give yourself enough time to complete your routine. If you rush through it, you won’t be able to reap all the benefits.
That’s how you maintain mental clarity.
In summary, mental clarity helps you recognize what is real and what isn’t. It helps you focus on what matters most. It is crucial to your emotional health because it helps you connect with others.
You can use it to take control of your emotions and to become more productive. It also helps you stay calm under pressure.
When I compare myself to the version that was confused, reactive, and scattered, I see a huge difference.
It is funny how we think we are just fine until something happens that makes us realize how much work we have left to do.
That’s why we need clarity. We need to see our fears as uncharted waters and not as landmines.
We need to understand that we aren’t alone in this world. We are part of a vast community that is here to support each other. We can only see that when we are detached from our fears and have mental clarity.