The Moment of Clarity
The moment of clarity is the most mysterious part of achieving a dream. It is that one lucid moment before you start to follow a plan and achieve a goal. No one can explain why, after years of longing and setting targets that were never met, everything changes. It is a magic moment when the fog in your mind lifts and your purpose becomes clear.
Just pretend for a moment that you want to go on a holiday. Not just a few days by the beach, but an overseas trip that you have been thinking about for a long time. There is a vague idea in your mind that you would love to see a certain part of the world.
When and why did you decide that you would love to see Scandinavia or Asia or spend a month in Italy? Did it start years ago, perhaps even when you were a child? I know that when I was at school I dreamed of visiting the United States, and later I longed to visit Europe. Other people might decide that they want to trek through the Himalayas or climb Mt Kilimanjaro. You definitely won’t see me there!
When is it that we actually start to take action to make those dreams a reality? Sometimes people start planning a trip years in advance while others leave it to the last minute. There is always a moment, though, when the dreams change and start to become real plans instead of a thought bubble.
It is the same with your writing dreams. Before you start to make a plan, you have that wonderful thought in your mind, perhaps to write a novel or a non-fiction book. The bridge between the dream and the plan is that magic moment of clarity.
Those goals we never met
Why is it that despite having a dream, we do not take the first steps needed to achieve it? Or perhaps we begin, but lose interest after a few days or even less. Is it lack of motivation or willpower? Are we not meant to be successful? Or are we too lazy to get ourselves motivated? No, of course not! We are simply normal people who have not experienced that moment of clarity.
People will spend years wishing they could achieve their dream. There may have been all sorts of reasons to motivate them and many goals that they wanted to achieve. Every one of those was the perfect motivating factor. But did it cause them to reach that moment of clarity? For some reason, it was not enough to spur them into action. And then suddenly there is one more moment, one more factor and the decision is made, and the journey begun.
The moment of clarity has two stages. First, there is the trigger moment when something happens, big or small.
We have all heard of the trigger on a gun. Until the trigger is pulled, a gun will not fire a single shot. But after that, it’s ready, aim, fire! In our mind we have a trigger moment and and we are off, changing our life forever.
What could be a trigger moment? It can be big or small, and it can be something that has already happened to us dozens or hundreds of times before. You might look in the mirror or hear about someone else’s achievement. Or you might hear a little voice in your brain telling you that the moment has arrived.
The real trigger is not the event that happened to you. The trigger is a thought process in your head, the reaction you have to that special moment. After that, you flick a switch in your mind and suddenly turn on a light bulb in your brain.
The light bulb moment
The light bulb moment is the second stage in the moment of clarity.
Our brain is like a light bulb that gives us bright, white light when we turn on the right switch. First there is a trigger moment that sets off all sorts of sparks and interconnections inside our head. Then we flick the switch and have light. We feel as if we have emerged from the darkness.
The human brain is a very complex piece of machinery. Scientists have only started to understand it, and when you combine that with our heart and soul, you can see why no one can really explain what makes us suddenly decide to achieve a dream.
How do you know that you have reached that moment of clarity and turned on a light bulb in your brain? To tell the truth, that very special moment might be over before you realise. You will remember the trigger moment, but the light bulb moment is hard to recall.
You will know that it has happened when you start to make plans and set a goal.
Have you made plans to achieve your dream?
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The fate of the world is in the hands of one man and the covenant holds the key.
The Reverend Jotham Fletcher is in Rome to give a lecture on his PhD thesis about Simon Magus at the church where he fell to his death beside the Roman Forum. Magus was a cult leader mentioned in the Bible and his libertine sect disappeared by 400 AD.
But did it really die out?
A robed man is pushed from the belltower of the church at midnight and Jotham becomes the prime suspect. His lover Antonella, an expert on ancient documents, has a shocking secret. Rumours fly about a papyrus scroll that mentions Magus. A ruthless Catholic Brotherhood will stop at nothing in their hunt for the Simonian Sect. And a reclusive billionaire has the chance of a lifetime to get his revenge.
Jotham is kidnapped, tortured and on the run. He races from Italy to England to Sweden. But the body count continues to rise and so does the heat in this non-stop thriller that will leave you breathless.