If you've ever had a car with an alignment problem, you know that it can make for a bumpy ride.
If not addressed, the misalignment will also cause unnecessary wear and tear on your tires.
Our life journeys also go smoother if we are in alignment. Misalignment between the big questions in our lives can provoke stress, and the unnecessary wear and tear that it brings.
What are the big questions? Author Simon Sinek, a marketing strategist, suggests that the most successful companies start with "why". He proposes a "golden circle" model consisting of three concentric circles that moves from the inside out from "Why" to "How" to "What". He asserts that people don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
Sinek's model is similar to the one that I use in my wellness practice. People on intentional wellness journeys also need to get in touch with their "why" early on. However, in my experience, that usually goes hand-in-hand with where.
Here are four big questions that, when aligned, can help you move more intentionally in the direction of your dreams.
- WHERE are you going? This big question points to your vision of well-being. If you could build optimal well-being what would that look like for you? How would the fulfillment of that vision impact the way you experience life in terms of what you would be doing, or feeling, or being?
- WHY do you want to go there? This question points to the values that support your vision. What is important to you about fulfilling your vision? (Hint - this is usually linked to the potential impact of your vision.) Most people don't pursue well-being as an end in itself. Rather, they are often inspired by the ways that greater well-being would allow them to invest in what is important to them.
- HOW will you move forward? This big question points to your strategy. When goals and action steps are aligned with the answers to your other big questions, this supports greater confidence and momentum. Breaking your strategy into SMART goals and steps help make your big dreams achievable.
- WHAT will help you be successful? This big question is all about structure. Once you have a plan, you need to anticipate what kinds of support you will need to take action and sustain your progress. External support might include a coach or other resource person, a program, an app, or your calendar. Internal support is all about the mindsets and mental habits that keep you moving forward. (Hint - this is where mindful awareness and/or a coach can help you to maintain curiosity and self-compassion.)
If you'd like tools to support your inquiry, I invite you to check out my free wellness resource "Five Essential Steps to Greater Well-Being". Exploring these big questions provides alignment for the vision, values, strategy, and structure that will help you navigate your wellness journey effectively. Even better, who you become along the way will enhance your ability to contribute your best gifts to the world!
That is what living well, on purpose, is all about.
What about you? What wellness journey are you on, and why is that important to you? Please share your where and why with us in the comments below!