If you’re in a party plan business, imagine your favorite party. Remember as many details you can: your hostess, the guests, when it happened, maybe even what you were wearing. Now focus in on how you felt.

Most likely you felt great! You were probably laughing and having a good time with a room full of new friends. You felt comfortable explaining your products: how they work and what benefits they add to people’s lives. Any questions that came up, you were easily able to answer. Your new friends placed plenty of orders; you probably found a couple new hostesses, and everyone left feeling happy.
In peak situations, you’re in the "zone". You feel calm, happy and energized; you’re confident about what you’re doing; you’re enjoying the situation; and you’re in the moment, not worrying about the past or future.

When you’re there, you don’t need any advice! You feel confident in your abilities, clear about how to proceed, and you’re focused.

What about those days when you’re not feeling so great? Maybe you’re discouraged; you’re not sure what needs to be done next; and you’re questioning whether you are doing a good job. If this line of thinking continues, you may start asking yourself: Should I have stayed in my old job? Maybe my friend is right and this new business won’t work out. Maybe I’ll have to get a "real job"?!

Let’s nip those thoughts right in the bud! Here are ten strategies to help you get more focus and clarity.

1. Are you clear on your overall goals for the year? It all starts here. You need to break down your yearly goals into quarterly goals, then to monthly goals, then to weekly goals and actions, and finally to daily actions.
Note the switch from "goals" to "actions". Goals are up in the sky; actions are on your calendar and manifest themselves in your daily activities.
If you feel a lot of uncertainty, like you’re really floundering, you may need to take a break for a couple days, retreat to the nearest coffee-house with a notebook, pen and calendar, and spend some quality time with yourself creating your goals.

2. Visualize, meditate, write. Every successful person I hear from does all three of these. Why are these so important? They help you get in touch with your inner self. That’s where your true power is.
If you have read about visualizing, meditating, and writing before, and you still haven’t tried any of them, consider whether the anxious, under-performing, or scared part of you is in charge of that decision. What does the calm, confident, successful part of you think is the right way to proceed?
No matter what your problem is or where it’s coming from, these first two steps are critical and always help.
Next, ask yourself: Am I feeling distracted? Am I having a problem focusing on one thing?

3. Identify the root of your distraction. Are you actually worried about your job, or about something or someone else? If it is related to your job, ask yourself: What am I worried about? Is that really a true concern, that’s consistent with the reality around me (vs. a self-invented anxiety)? If it is a true concern, what are five different ways I can address it?
If it’s about someone or something outside your job, schedule time with yourself to deal with it and set it aside for now. You can’t fix your daughter’s school problems from your office. When you’re in your office, deal with what you can do there.

4. Accommodate your working style. Is your work space too quiet or too loud? Some people work best when there’s no noise or distractions. Others work best when they’re working with people. Some people like a high amount of stimulation: the radio on, talking to a friend, writing with colored ink, and petting their dog, all at once! Whatever your style is, accept that and go with it.

5. Get your physical environment under control. If there is clutter in your physical space, there’s probably clutter in your mental space. If you never have a completely clear desk top, try it. Just put all your stuff somewhere else for a day and see how it feels to work on a clean surface.

6. Make sure you’re taking care of your body. If you are not sleeping deeply, or getting enough sleep, or if you’re not eating regularly, your body is not at its peak. You will wind up with problems with focus and clarity.
Ask yourself: Am I clear about what to do next and how to get it done?

7. On the most straightforward level, do you have the skills and information you need, in order to take the next step? If not, how will you obtain the skills and information? Can you learn it on your own? Who else has those skills and information? Can they help you? What are the next steps for you to take to start acquiring that information?

8. Sometimes we have so many ideas and interests that we don’t choose between them, and then we don’t accomplish even one of our ideas. Will you be happier if you do accomplish at least one of your dreams, even if several are still waiting, than if none of them are accomplished? If so, then you need to prioritize and pick something to move out on, now.

9. Ask your higher self what you need. Often it’s our own anxieties, fears, and self-limiting beliefs that are standing between us and action. Sidestep those by asking your higher self, which is always there inside you: "If I did know what to do, what would that be? What steps would I take?" This strategy never lets me down.

10. Still feeling confused? Call your mentor (and you should have one). This may be someone in your upline, or someone outside. Getting a second opinion, from someone who is more experienced and more objective, almost always helps bring clarity.

Author's Bio: 

Marcy Stahl’s passion is helping women direct sellers and solopreneurs achieve the successful lifestyle they want. She knows that the top entrepreneurs have the top mindsets. Her mission is to help every entrepreneur develop a profitable and abundant mindset.

Marcy is a serial entrepreneur. Previously, she co-founded and managed a government contracting firm that earned over $1M in annual revenues. She holds a B.S. with honors and M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University. Prior to coaching, she spent 21 years in the corporate world in technology.

She is the co-author of Direct Selling Power. Marcy is an Area Chapter Coordinator with the Direct Selling Women’s Alliance (DSWA) and a member of the Direct Selling Women’s Speaker Bureau. She’s currently in coaching school for direct sellers.