Alignment: “Living in line with your truths, values, and visions.” -Dawn Fletcher.
My mentor, coach, and friend Dawn Fletcher hosted a zoom group with about 10 people to help us work towards greater alignment. I’ve used this with my clients and I felt that the practice was too good not to share with the world.
So here it is.
Get a pen and 2 pieces of paper. One for the initial brainstorm and then another for the second part
Part 1: Think about the word alignment. What does it mean to you? How does it feel when your life is aligned? How does it feel when you aren’t? What does it look like when you see someone else living a life of great alignment?
Take 5 Minutes to brainstorm/jot down your answers to the above.
5 Truths about Alignment:
- It’s a process, a journey, not a destination.
- It evolves.
- It requires effort- hard work!
- It is the most rewarding path you can be on.
- Great alignment = greater overall health.
Take 15 more minutes to answers each other the following questions, set a 5 minute timer to respond to each question…get deep!
- What do you want your life to BE ABOUT?! What do you want MORE of?
- What limits you, blocks you, and keeps you from living a life of greater alignment.
- What can you do to get to a life of greater alignment?
I’ll share mine below for some inspo!
I WANT MY LIFE TO BE ABOUT:
- Deep Connection: Faith, family, clients, friends, strangers, nature, MYSELF.
- Service to Others: Women, vets, mothers, the oppressed, people with anxiety and other life struggles.
- Movement and Growth: Play, exercise, travel, life evolutions, and being adaptive.
- Beauty and Growth: Flowers, animals, abundance in the simple things, life giving moments, justice, diversity, divinity, color, fun and joy.
- Freedom and Grace: Ownership, free will, flexibility, kindness, mercy, and forgiveness.
THE THINGS THAT LIMI/BLOCK ME FROM LIVING IN GREATER ALIGNMENT ARE:
- Low Hanging Fruit: The habitual things, the easy shit, low reward, low passion, low excitement tasks.
- OCD tendencies/habits: Checking/posting on social media, distractions, routine and comfort.
- Perfectionism: Expectations of self based on internal and external pressures (aka who I think I “should” be) + the fear of unalignment with military culture.
- Selflessness: Saying yes when I really want to say no, putting others’ needs or judgements above my own, concern over how my choices will impact my family.
- Ambiguity: Uncertainty, anxiety, worry, fear, and concerns.
I CAN GET THERE WITH:
- Awareness and Acceptance: To be aware of all the above,. Radical self acceptance.
- Support: Asking for help, therapy, life coach, family and friends.
- Boundaries: Saying no when I want to say no. Honoring and trusting myself. Less time responding and more time creating and being.
- Experimenting: Put in the work, practice and try new things, go against the grain, fail more, and seek adventure.
- Learning: Podcasts, reading, learning from those I admire and that have done it before.
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