When you’re clear with yourself, you help others help you

Every company, every relationship, and every government is working on this one problem: clear communication.

It’s a problem that has persisted since the beginning of time.

The people who first discovered fire had to communicate to others what they did, how they did it, and why it’s important.

Today, we must work in organizations where you must communicate with your teammates to understand the progress on a project. That means you have to communicate how much work you did, what direction the project is going in and to whom. That could be managers, subordinates, or clients.

When you don’t have clear communication at work, you invite doubt, frustration, and suspicion from others.

Thankfully, we have software like Trello, Asana, and Google Drive, that allows us to see what work is done, and how much of it needs to get done and by when.

But let’s switch it up to personal life.

In a relationship, when you don’t have clear communication between you and your mate, you invite misunderstandings and arguments.

When you’re not clear on your needs and desires, you do the other person a disservice. People hope that you know what you want and are able to communicate that, so that they can help you reach it.

When you don’t know what you want, it becomes much more difficult for someone else to help you. And you cannot expect someone else to be a mind reader and predict or create what you want to happen.

You have to be an active agent in helping people help you.

And that only comes with clear communication.