College graduates and corporate executives have sought out author Alex Banayan’s 30-Day Clarity Challenge to gain direction in their careers at times when they felt most disrupted.
For many of them, it was when the pandemic started two years ago and ‘life’s big questions came knocking’, Banayan, bestseller author of “The Third Door”, says FOX Business.
Annoying thoughts of “What am I doing and why am I doing it?” filled people’s minds more than ever before, and it made many people think that something in their lives needed a “radical change”, according to Banayan.
In some cases, that may be the answer, he said. Banayan opted for a sea change in 2012 when he decided to quit the University of California and embark on a seven-year journey of interviewing the world’s most successful people about how they grew their careers.
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In some cases, however, it could “mean that there is something you haven’t acknowledged to yourself or there is something unsaid or a desire that is unfulfilled”, a he explained.
The purpose of the 30-day clarity challenge isn’t to fix someone’s problems, according to Banayan. Instead, it gives “people an infrastructure to help them understand what’s really going on in their lives, which will then give them clues to point them in the right direction.”
It’s not a roadmap, it’s a compass, he says.
Banayan shared his five-step challenge, which he cultivated over his seven-year journey, with countless people, including employees from MasterCard, Disney, Bank of America, Google and Pfizer.
These are the five steps:
1. Get a new notebook and write “30-Day Clarity Challenge” on the cover.
2. Open your calendar and choose a 15 minute window where you can commit to doing this exercise at the same time every day for 29 days. Keeping your notebook in plain sight will help, he said.
3. Every day, you must answer the same three questions in your notebook: What excited me today? What drained me of energy today? What did I learn about myself today?
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4. Write your answers in full sentences, not bullet points. There are no length requirements. If you don’t have an answer to a specific question one day, write down why you might not have an answer.
5. The 30th day is the graduation ceremony. And for the final entry you need to allow an hour. But this time you should make it festive, like going to your favorite cafe or a beautiful park. Use the time to read your previous entries, reflecting on patterns. Then write your 30th entry. This time the questions change to: What got me excited this month? What drained me of energy this month? What have I learned about myself this month?
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Banyan says the last three answers should be clear and concise. More importantly, these final answers will be the clues that will help point you in the direction of your path.
The formula is simple: “Clarity leads to awareness and awareness leads to growth,” which is what people really aim for, according to Banayan.
“Everyone thinks they want to be successful,” he explained. “But what ends up happening is they realize what they’ve always wanted, and they wake up a few weeks later wondering what’s next.”