“The best way to increase our clarity in a topic is to commit to teaching it to others.”
I currently serve on our church board, and part of that responsibility is to read and interpret our financial statements. While I have been pretty good at doing this, I’ve noticed that several of our other board members struggle in this area. So in an effort to bring clarity, I began creating an instruction sheet to help them learn to read the financials.
The process of creating these instructions brought additional clarity to me in a couple of areas where I didn’t understand our financials as well as I thought. That’s one of the great things about committing to teach: you have to have a clear understanding of the topic before you can clearly communicate it to others.
Whether it’s creating instructions or verbally explaining a concept, teaching others is a great way to bring clarity to others, as well as ourselves.