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4 Months of Focused Effort Could Change You for the Better

Get in alignment!

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THIS PAST WEEK, I began a four-month endeavor. Regrettably, it isn’t a grand effort to combat climate change or eradicate social injustice. Like millions of others, I decided to use modern technology to align my teeth with the hopes of improving my slightly crooked smile and boosting dental health. The process has me wearing plastic aligners around the clock, except for short breaks when eating. It is a calculated, thoughtful plan designed to get my teeth in proper alignment.

This effort got me thinking … what other areas of our lives could use alignment? If a four-month sprint can fix my crowded teeth, what else could be accomplished with a few months of dedicated effort toward a desired outcome? Here are 10 alignment projects to consider:

  1. Align your time. Are you spending your hours in service of your most important goals? Are there some soft spots in your schedule that could use an upgrade?
  2. Align your actions. Do you behave in a manner that is in alignment with the person you want to become?
  3. Align your habits. Does your daily routine align with your long-term goals? What are a couple small tweaks that could elevate your performance?
  4. Align your learning. Do you have a specific learning plan in place to develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to achieve your biggest goals?
  5. Align your health. Are momentary pleasures derailing your vitality? What changes in movement and nutrition could be made to boost your wellbeing?
  6. Align your core beliefs. What are the things that matter most, and are there any disconnects with your current thinking that could use an alignment?
  7. Align your impact on others. Is your level of compassion, kindness, gratitude and forgiveness aligned with the person you most want to be?
  8. Align your relationships. Does your circle of friends add value and help you achieve your big vision, or is an alignment needed in who you choose to keep close?
  9. Align your goals. Do your short-term goals align with your long-term ones? A goal alignment will ensure you’re using your energy wisely and effectively.
  10. Align your calling. In the greatest sense, what were you meant to do? The more vividly you align with your big vision, the more likely you’ll be to achieve it.

If you’re like me, you probably have several areas that could use some alignment. Instead of trying to tackle them all at once, pick one and do a four-month alignment sprint. Just like my teeth, you might experience some mild soreness, but it’s a small price to pay for significant improvement in just a few months of focused effort.

Let’s align on making ourselves just a little better, which in turn, will make all of us a lot better.

Josh Linkner is the author of four books including the New York Times bestsellers Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. Josh serves as chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. Contact him at [email protected]

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