Lately, the word “alignment” has been popping up over and over again in the self-help and wellness industry. (Just listen to Jess Lively’s podcast, The Lively Show, and see for yourself). When I first heard the term, I thought it was some weird, woo woo practice like tarot card reading or fortune telling. But the more I learn about alignment, the more I realize how legitimate this concept is.
Getting into alignment simply means setting yourself up for success. Whether you’re about to write a blog post or deliver a speech to thousands of people, alignment will encourage peak performance.
Have you ever worked SO hard on something, but nothing you do seems to be productive or satisfying? This could be due to misalignment.
Think about it this way… What happens when you break a bone? Your doctor has to reset and align the bone before sticking it into a cast or else you’re only exacerbating the problem. You can also compare it to the mechanics of your car. When your tires are not aligned, you may be able to drive for miles but your vehicle will have a mind of its own and, ultimately, you could lose control.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Ok Caroline you’re so beautiful and wise and fun… but how do I get into alignment?”
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The secret to alignment is actually really easy. Do something that makes you feel good!
Personally, my entire morning routine is based off of getting into alignment for the day. I wake up early, flip on the coffee pot, walk my dog, listen to an inspirational podcast, and visualize my life goals. These are just simple ways to boost my mood and help me stay focused on upcoming tasks.
Here are a few ways you can get into alignment:
Setting aside some quiet time to reflect can really ease some tension and stress you may be feeling. Even if it’s only for 5 minutes, set an alarm on your phone, dim the lights, and cut off all distractions. I’ve noticed that my most creative ideas stem from the alone time I have with my thoughts.
2. Make a list
What are your goals? What steps can you take TODAY to push you in that direction? Making a list of things that excite you and motivate you can put you in a productive mindset.
3. Reflect on past accomplishments
Whenever I have a case of writer’s block, I look back on my previous posts that I am most proud of. This gives me a boost of confidence and helps me realize what I am capable of.
4. Take a break
If you’ve been cranking out work and feel like you’ve hit a wall, allow yourself to focus on something else! Do something fun with your friends, finish that scarf you’ve been knitting, or head to the mall for some retail therapy (I am so guilty of this it hurts).
Getting into alignment can mean a variety of different things for different people. Just think about what puts you in a “let’s kick some ass” attitude and incorporate it into your daily routine.
P.S. Alignment is a pretty big topic and I am just scratching the surface with this post. Expect to see more from me about this subject!