First of all, clear thinking is everything. We only experience the world through our senses, and it is up to us to sort it all out and make decisions about how we live our life in general, and the things we do day to day in particular. Like it or not, there is a concept of “quality of thought”. Some thinking is garbage, and will get you stuck in the daily-grind, forever at the mercy of fate. To avoid this, you must do exercises for clear thinking. First and foremost is daily journal writing. It’s not the keeping of the journal that’s important. It’s the process of forcing yourself to write and be reflective for some time every day—maybe a half-hour. Think and write and think and write. Rinse and repeat. That’s how you process your thoughts and revel being the matter-stuff that’s privileged enough to be self-directed, called a human being. The next exercise is the one-page-plan that you can read about elsewhere on this site. Then, make yourself aware of both the journal and the plan on a daily basis. Do you need to write more to process your thoughts? Are you on plan? Does it need revision? Rinse and repeat. Think clearly. Keep your hand planted firmly on the rudder of life. Navigate!