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Is your vision in proper alignment to where you desire to go? Do you have a vision that covers every area of your life (spiritual, relational, physical, social, mental, financial and professional)? If you answered no to these questions, you have some work to do.
As I was thinking about how to get my life in proper alignment to fulfill my destined vision, I thought about the importance of a proper car alignment.
If you drive a car that is out of alignment, it will pull excessively in one direction. It is like the car is being controlled by some outside force. You may desire to drive straight, but because the car is out of alignment, you may find yourself drifting to the right.
As soon as you straighten your car again within a few seconds it veers again to the right. It is a never ending battle. The only way to get the car to drive in the direction you desire is to get an alignment.
A bad alignment can cause serious problems to your vehicle. It will decrease your MPG, the car will pull to the right or left, wheels will work against each other causing uneven wear on your tires and the steering wheel may be crooked while the car is going straight ahead. These are sure signs that your car needs an alignment.
A few years ago, my life was like a vehicle out of alignment, it was veering all over the place except where I desired it to go.
The underlying problem was that I was trying to do too many things. I had no clear vision of where I was going. I was experimenting with an array of different things that left my life in chaos. I would get started on one thing and half way through completion I would change directions.
I would hear or read about some expert’s five step formula to success and immediately hop on the bandwagon. I would incorporate the expert’s five steps in my daily life without much success. I found myself repeating this scenario too many times.
My life was crazy. I was going in too many directions and not accomplishing much. I was on a continual life loop going nowhere.
I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know what. The frustration and discouragement of not living the life I envisioned was disappointing.
I realized that I needed a life mechanic. Just like if your car is out of alignment, you take it to a mechanic for him to make the proper adjustments to get your car back in alignment.
The benefits of an alignment
Just like a bad alignment can lead to serious problems with a vehicle, a bad vision alignment can lead to serious life problems. It can lead you to chase things outside of your vision. It can leave you frustrated and fatigued because your life constantly veers in the opposite direction of where you want to go.
Until you admit that your vision is out of alignment and you need help, your life will stay off course. The only solution to a car and vision alignment is to visit someone qualified to help you get your vehicle and life back on track.
If you want your car in proper alignment, you need to visit a certified mechanic. If you want your vision in right alignment, you need to spend time discovering where you need to be and what you need to do. Don’t wait for someone to give you permission. Don’t wait for the perfect moment or the right situation before you take the necessary steps to get your life aligned to your unique vision.
If you want your car to drive smooth, a proper alignment is necessary. If you want to live your vision with power, it must be alignment with your values and purpose.
Here are three reasons it’s important to stop driving a car and living life out of alignment.
A vehicle alignment aids tire rotation and balance. Even though you may take care to rotate tires every six or seven thousand miles, if the car is out of alignment, they can still wear wrong and get shredded in a relatively short time.
A vision alignment helps balance your life. A person without a proper vision alignment will bounce from one thing to another, never realizing their full potential. A vision that is aligned with your purpose and values will block out the distractions and diversions that interfere with you living a balanced life.
A vehicle alignment improves handling. A car with a proper wheel alignment is easier to drive. When dealing with road obstacles such as potholes, you are better able to handle the road.
A vision alignment improves how you handle your life. When you have a clear vision that directs your life, you are better equipped to handle the obstacles and opposition. Trust me, obstacles and opposition will show up when you least expect them. But, when life throws you a curveball, a clear vision empowers you to navigate through any turbulence with a sense of peace and hope.
A vehicle alignment reduces wear on steering column. Bad alignment causes wear on a lot of car parts, not just the tires. A vehicle out of alignment can shake parts and cause even more damage not seen by the physical eye.
A vision alignment reduces burn out. When your vision is aligned with who you were created to be then you will not burn yourself out trying to be someone else. You delay living your best life when you resolve to imitate someone else’s vision. Just be you and avoid the unnecessary wear and tear on your life.
Don’t throw in the towel if things don’t go as planned. Don’t panic if your life veers off course. Stop. Take inventory of where you are. Align your thoughts and actions to your uniqueness and watch your life’s vision expand and explode.
“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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