Have you ever felt like you were on a roll? Everything seems to be going your way. Time slows, and you see clearly. Past the noise and distractions, you’re able to zoom in on the essential. You instinctively know what to do, and you have the profound feeling that you are on the right path. That state of consciousness where we feel in the groove and perform at the optimal level is not the prerogative of a chosen few but is available to everyone.

This experience is the manifestation of what I call alignment. Alignment is the congruence of who you are, what you feel, and what you love on a deep and fundamental level with what you do, what you say, what you envision, and where you are going. Alignment is not about falling in step or conforming to others’ expectations, but rather it’s about becoming more yourself—and, in so doing, transcending what you thought were the limits of your capabilities.

As leader, if properly aligned, you can reach higher than you ever thought possible, effortlessly and joyfully inspiring others to embrace and follow your vision. You too can generate that sense of clarity and ease, even in the face of challenges and setbacks. You too can create that congruence of who you are, what you think, and what you do.

A powerful first step in alignment, is self-awareness. Look at the survey below to see if you are on the path to alignment.

How Aligned Are You?

never: 0 | sometimes: -1 | often: -2 | very often: -3

  1. Do you overreact to situations?
  2. Do you feel chronic pain?
  3. Are you always in a hurry?
  4. Do you wake up in a bad mood?
  5. Are you aggressive?
  6. Do you feel sad?
  7. Do you blame others?
  8. Do you feel drained?

Your negative score total = ???

never: 0 | sometimes: +1 | often: +2 | very often: +3

  1. Do you experience joy with your family, friends, or coworkers?
  2. Do you laugh?
  3. Do you feel happy?
  4. Do you feel free?
  5. Do you sleep well?
  6. Are you the decision-maker in your life?
  7. Are you positive?
  8. Does your life give you energy?

Your positive score total = ???

Do you want to improve your alignment by increasing your positive score and/or decreasing your negative one?

However you score on this survey, what can you do to improve your overall alignment? What do you need to adjust?

Becoming fully aligned does not happen overnight. The road there can sometimes be difficult, but arriving at the destination is well worth the effort.