Alignment Over Achievement
Oftentimes, we focus all our efforts on achievement. It could be that you put all your attention to what many consider “core classes” like math or English. Maybe you are playing a sport because someone else pushed it rather than your own interest. Of course you want to do your best and strive to excel; however, sometimes we may feel that no matter how many certificates or medals we might have, we still feel like something is missing. It is important to reflect and be sure that your goals are in alignment with your dreams. To be aligned means to line up your efforts in order to be your best self. When you are misaligned, you may feel like tasks are more difficult and are not giving you the results you want. Alignment, on the other hand, is a place where you feel your happiest, most alive, you are serving others, and are fulfilling your true purpose. When this happens and your goals are aligned with your dreams, you all of a sudden can achieve so much more. Alignment leads to achievement. So maybe you are happiest when you are on stage, then take the time now to work on that craft. Similarly, it could be that playing a sport brings you joy, practice skills to improve muscle memory and you will get better. Some people really love subjects such as math, you can find resources that send daily challenge problems to work on and keep you engaged. Alignment comes when you have identified a meaningful purpose and as a result you function at your best. Lastly, give yourself a break if you don’t have it all figured out then use the time now to learn about all the things that light you up. There are things a person can do to encourage personal alignment. One way is to be authentic. Ask yourself the question of how you would look, speak, feel when you show up to the world as your best self. Once you answer this, look at what your typical day looks like and notice the differences. What changes can you make to help you become your “best self”? Another important aspect to alignment is having energy. You need energy in order to achieve your goal. This means to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, drink lots of water, and do something that helps you find inner calmness such as meditation or prayer. Finally, focus on your mindset. Things such as affirmations and visualization can help encourage positivity and clarity. For this weeks #MakeItHappen Monday, remember that alignment will help you function at your best. Challenge yourself to set your intention each day this week and ask yourself if what you are doing is on purpose. Your intention could be to complete an assignment, be more present, or avoid distractions such as your phone. By the end of the day, grade yourself on how purposeful you were in a scale of 1 to 10, and then see how you can improve it. Let us know how you are aligning and showing up as your best self by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social.
Go make it happen, Luly & the YTeach Team
“The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose.”
- Jack Canfield