I am a real do-er. I love taking action. I love creating results and outcomes. I get a massive kick out of it.
However, lately I have been crossing the line between taking beautifully aligned actions steps, and taking an excessive amount of action to the extent that I am burning myself out. Yep, I have been feeling knackered lately. My action has began to feel effortful, forceful and like I am trying too hard.
And the funny thing is, although I am taking a whole heap of action, I do not feel like I seeing results to reflect my effort.
So, here is the first way that we go wrong. We think that it is purely our action that creates. Yes, sure action does produce results, but if this is all you focus on, you are missing one key component – Energy.
It is the energy behind the action that creates, not just the action itself. This the key to the alignment before action theory.
It Is Your Energy That Creates
You can take all the action in the world, but if your energy is out of alignment you will not get the results.
Example 1: Let’s say you want to get fit and healthy and lose some weight. You may look in the mirror and feel unattractive, feel overweight or feel unloveable, so you decide to try and fix it. You decide to take some action – you might start exercising, cutting out unhealthy food from your diet etc.
But here is my question – how are you feeling when you take those action steps? What energy are you bringing to these actions?
Do you feel unhappy with your body? Do you feel doubtful about your ability to create your results? Do you still feel fat even if you are starving yourself?
It is your FEELING that creates, not your action. The results you create come from the energy space you are holding yourself in constantly, not from the action you are taking.
Your feeling of being ‘overweight, unhealthy or not beautiful’ is what will manifest, even if you are taking huge amounts of action.
Example 2: Let’s say you want to make more money. You may be noticing a lack of money in your bank account and feeling as though there is not enough. So, you start taking action. You might implement some new strategies to get more clients, raise your prices for if you are employed you may ask for a payrise.
Here is the question again: How are you feeling when you take those action steps? What energy are you bringing to these actions?
Are you feeling like you do not have enough money? Are you feeling needy or lacking when you ask for more money? Are you feeling doubtful that you may actually get the results you want?
Once again, your FEELING of ‘lacking money’ is what will manifest, even if you are taking whole heap of action.
Alignment Before Action
So, here is how you change that.
Take your focus off action, and put your focus on alignment first. You must bring your energy in to alignment with what you want FIRST and then from there you take action.
Do not take action, until your energy is in alignment.
How do you know you are IN alignment?
You know you are in alignment when you think about your desire and you feel: Belief. Expectation. Knowing. Happiness. Excitement. Love. Joy. Certainty.
How do you know you are OUT of alignment?
You know you are out of alignment when you think about your desire and you feel: Fear. Doubt. Worry. Anxiety. Frustration. Powerlessness.
Do not take action towards your dreams when you are in this space.
How I Align Before I Act
You must get in to the feeling place of having what you want before you act. Action amplifies feeling. Whatever you are feeling will be amplified through your action.
You must take the mental and emotional journey first, before you take the physical journey.
Here is the process I am currently working with;
1) I identify my desire. What do I want to create?
2) I check in with how I am feeling about it.
3) I work with my thoughts and my energy to bring myself in to alignment eg: I move myself from a place of fear, doubt, worry or frustration, to a place of love, excitement, knowing and belief.
4) From that place, I take the action that I feel inspired to take
I would love to know your thoughts on this. What are your practices to bring yourself in to alignment?