This won’t be some lengthy piece on time management, or how to efficiently pack your suitcase. We won’t be organizing any binders or file systems.
Let’s talk about a quick way to align your overall energy around the core areas of your life.
Too often we compartmentalize our passions, skills, family, and work. As a result, some of our most valuable assets pile up in separate silos while the demands of the moment lead us around by our hair.
Our sacred life-ingredients collect dust while we scramble from situation to situation, either stressed from overwhelm or guilty that we’re not living our purpose.
This is the state of misalignment. It sucks. You may feel scattered, or a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. You may actually be pissed at yourself for coming up with so many brilliant ideas that you can’t find time to execute.
Nobody likes to live here. Clearly it’s unacceptable.
We’re fortunate when something magical regains our focus, and the misalignment blows through quickly.
But how can we deliberately, consciously align ourselves when we feel scattered or out of control?
Here’s a newer process I’ve been using lately, developed by the beautiful souls at Abraham-Hicks. You want to spend a minimum of 17 seconds in each of these levels, ideally much more as you move up the emotional scale, and back into alignment.
Once you get up there, you gotta milk it as long as possible.
The 4 Step Process to Getting Your Shit Together.
A common story I hear from clients (and myself) is they are spread too thin, lack focus, and feel demotivated while their true passions lay stagnant.
Pay careful attention to how your vibe shifts as you move through the 4 steps.
1. You have to begin where you are. Usually in the Negative-Specific: This travel schedule is spreading me too thin. I can’t see my family, and when I do, there’s no time to communicate. That client knows I’ve been spread thin and thinks I’m a flake. I never get to apply my passions to my job. I started those poems or projects and never have time to finish them. I suck. This sucks. You suck. My ass feels frumpy in these slacks.
2. IMMEDIATELY move to a more general lens. Let’s call it the General-Negative: This is a very busy time. I don’t necessarily think being busy is a virtue. Time is in short supply. I need more time to get to the things that make me come alive. I hope this doesn’t last forever. I don’t feel emotionally or physically engaged in this state.
3. Once we gain our footing in the general, let’s build a bridge to the positive, or General-Positive: Usually my travels are followed by a flurry of new activity and opportunity. These periods come and go. Nobody can ever say that I’m not interested in a lot of things. Passionate, in fact. I’m a multi-faceted creator who carries a lot of responsibility. Oh wow, I actually asked for this responsibility and it certainly helps finance the life I’ve created. I’ve made tweaks to my schedule in the past to allow for more space to think, communicate, work-out, and create. This feeling of misalignment is just an indicator that I need to get back there, or at least take a look at it. I care enough to recognize that I can control where I focus. I can change my slacks.
4. When you are firmly rooted in the General-Positive, it’s time to get specific: Life is exciting. These busy weeks pull me into orbit with all sorts of fascinating people, doing inspiring things. I’ve never had so much technology to power better communication with my family. I’ll FaceTime them when I’m back at the hotel. Everyone knows I live a full life, and they are supportive. I take on much of what I do to provide a great life for my family, and they know that. We are thriving. When I’m tuned into my purpose the creativity flows through me, into being.
<Now go deeper, and more specific>
The best periods of my life are when I have a staggeringly large ball of momentum rolling. I always look back on these busy periods as some of my most prolific. Look at these smiling faces that greet me on my arrivals and departures. They only make me more eager to get to the next destination.
Through practice and repetition I’m gaining grace.
I’m earning my swagger. I’ve never had more high level conversations about opportunities at this scale.
<Keep milking it>
I can always stay up later or get up earlier to get my stuff done. We are the type of people who get stuff done, whether it’s creative work or administrative. I care so much because I take ownership in anything I do. I am engaged, and bring my integrated life to my work.
I am in control. I chose this dynamic life and I can choose to mix it up or make changes whenever I want. That is how powerful I’ve become in my alignment with my values and principles.
I’ll nurture my soul and my family if I’m on a plane, a train, or in my home. My energy is limitless, and infectious.
I am divine electricity in human form, and I can work to create a clear channel for profound creative thought and productivity to flow through into everything I touch.
That is who I am. This is who I am.
Bring in the busy days, the packed schedules, that mountain of deliverables.
It’s all here to remind me of my power.
Do you have a specific issue or something that bugs the shit out of you? Is there something pulling you out of balance? Leave a comment below (you can be anonymous if you wish).
I’ll work it out for the benefit of the readership on video. If I pick your issue I’ll mail you a handwritten card full of INSPIRADO.
I would say hang in there, but I’d rather quote Eminem: don’t let up/just keep slayin’ ‘em