3 steps. Not three easy steps, but I promise they lead to an easier life.
Life is not an easy road. “Follow your heart” is an adage that seems to be outdated in context – particularly when there is high ambiguity, misunderstanding and one-sidedness, extrapolated in a fast paced, digital world. Instead, I prefer to follow my vision.
Visions are abstract, peppered with ill-disciplined habits, they usually remain a daydream for many of us. The “Hustle Hard” culture romanticises stress, anxiety and piling on more than you can handle.
Ultimately, when you hustle without an extremely clear vision – there is no straight path to follow. There is nothing to build your home upon but sand.S
So, as radical as it may sound – what if we could Align instead of Hustle?
How can we “align hard” instead?
- Develop a clear focus. Choose only one vision to achieve. Ensure that the vision is not too micro that it gets boring and mundane quickly. Simultaneously create a selfish and an altruistic reason why you wish to embark on this vision.
- Set deadlines. Visions are dreams unless accompanied by actions. What do you want to achieve and by when. Set up an excel spreadsheet and check off ✓ the completed tasks. Ideally, progression should be on a weekly basis.
- Create a support group. If you are more socially inclined, you may need some social support. Don’t be afraid to get like-minded friends to keep you on track. The idea is to make sure you don’t overload your plate.
Benefits of being Aligned
- More energy. Technically, it is less work. You know what you are working for and more importantly, why.
- More relevant opportunities come to you. People take note of what you are doing and where you wish to go. Those who feel they can work with you will arrive at the right time.
- You learn to say No tactfully. I used and still do think that saying no to others is a bad thing. However, I have learnt to add on why I can’t take on a certain responsibility which will appease both parties. Always put quality over quantity.
“If a man knows not which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca
Since my endeavour to become more aligned with my clear, albeit, sparse goals in life, I’ve never felt more liberated. In fact, I’m getting used to saying no and feeling a surge of happiness course through me.
Align and you will have time to create, chill out and just live in the moment whilst having a peace of mind that your life is on the right path and on auto-pilot.
A wise friend once told me that life is like a ship – if the captain does not know how and where to sail, the ship will eventually wreck itself. To me, the “hustle hard” culture sounds exactly like a captain with no vision, only purpose. So, stop the Hustle Hard culture, because there’s no one to impress but yourself.
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