Welcome to this week’s Cynspiration where we speak with Gareth Morgan about a something that resonates to the very core of our being – Alignment. What is Alignment? What does it mean to be aligned? How does it help us and others on our journey as human beings and as entrepreneurs?
“If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows much more easily.” Jack Canfield
What Is Alignment?
Everything starts on the inside – e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!
Do you remember a time when you felt on top of the world, and everything went perfectly? Your coffee was the just the way you like it, the traffic signals all stayed on green, you got an unexpected new promotion or client or bonus.
That was no accident. That was you being in a state of alignment! Everything you were doing energetically, mentally and emotionally was in perfect accord and it felt good!
We are all given a set of unique talents but to make the most of it we must have a purpose and one that resonates with our deepest principles. Our personal integrity, in harmony with our thoughts and actions, allows us to move through life with a sense of clarity and feeling of ease – that is alignment.
When you are in alignment, everything lines up for you.
Gareth shares his own personal journey and his observations about what it means to dig deep to find the core values that you build your life and your business upon. Listen in as he gives advice and techniques to help you achieve alignment that will take you to where you need to go.
Bookmarked Play Points for Reference
Gareth’s overview of alignment (06:47)
Alignment with Self (08:44)
How to find alignment in day to day life (09:29)
What knocks people out of alignment (14:37)
When life throws us a curveball (15:18)
How to get back into alignment (22:54)
How did Gareth find his spirituality/values (25:56)
Get in flow with yourself (30:28)
Dealing with procrastination (31:22)
Practice to get you there (36:49)
Check-in on yourself (39:14)
Gareth on visualisation (42:11)
Gareth’s definition of Inspiration (44:21)
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” President Woodrow Wilson
How Alignment Helps Your Business
The value of your brand comes from what is important to you. Having a robust, defined set of values and mission statement provides a powerful decision-making filter for your business. It gives you clarity on the actions that you need to take in your business and creates a genuine connection with your customers.
Additionally, a product or service that is the reflection of values has a tendency to stand out and to be perceived very differently in the market, which is increasingly more important with the massive number of choices available today.
What Are The Personal Benefits?
The peace that comes from living your beliefs.
Life starts to feel easier
You ditch habits that no longer serve you
A renewed sense of purpose and belief in your own abilities
Better interactions with others – professionally and personally
You appreciate more
“You decide every moment of every day who you are and what you believe in. You get a second chance every second.” Tony Robbins
Let it come. Let it go. Let it flow.
Gareth acknowledges that even with the best of intentions, life gets in the way. It can be very discouraging when your business receives a knock, or someone is rude to you. When this happens, it can be very tempting to give in to fear or anger and to start to take actions from a place outside your personal integrity and out of alignment with your brand.
Gareth says that to return to a frictionless state and to shift your focus, you must start by shifting your mind. Lock into your destination through goal setting, affirmations, and visualisation, and then start taking the actions that will move you in the right direction. Here’s how:
Tools for Achieving Alignment
A useful way to get back into a state of flow is to remind yourself of your why.
Take 5 minutes to write out a short mission statement beginning with the words:
I see a world where….
Now put it somewhere you can see it and read it OFTEN!
A state of alignment needs regular, constant awareness. Other tools that you may find useful are visualisation, meditation or journalling; anything in fact, that helps you. There is no right way or wrong way, only YOUR way.
Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows.
Stay positively focused and optimistic about what you’re creating in your life because this helps bring you into alignment with it. You infuse your intentions and decisions through awareness. Entrepreneurs don’t just sit back and wait to hit the jackpot. They are actively taking steps each day to build their business and to bring value to the world.
Believe you can do it, think positively about it, feel as if you’ve already created it, and take action. Choose to focus your attention on things that are empowering, supportive and in alignment with what you really want to create. If you do what you love, you will love what you do, and that is a win-win for everybody!
Words of Wisdom – Reflect upon some of the key points of this week’s episode.
The vibration you are holding is where you are creating from
Mental stress takes as much toll as physical stress.
If we move through the world in a reactionary state, then the world dictates how we live.
Alignment is not just spiritual.
Your business is the physical manifestation of your values.
If you can go back to your aligned state, you can by-pass procrastination.
This is who I am, so this is what I do.
Suffering comes from how we react internally to the external event.
Alignment with your brand gives you clarity on the actions you need to take
Other Resources mentioned in the podcast.
Gareth Morgan always knew that he wanted to walk the road less travelled. At an early age, he knew that the traditional pathway into adulthood and career was not what resonated with him, so he decided to pursue his passion for skiing, move to Europe and living his dream.
This lasted for 10 years until life threw him a curveball and he ended up back in Sydney, trying to fit into the mainstream and feeling unhappy. He began a journey into spirituality that led him to study for a nursing degree as he hoped to pursue a career that enabled him to combine his spiritual and professional path compassionately.
However, a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ended his clinical career. Gareth discovered a new way of living and working by embracing entrepreneurship, allowing him to combine his core spiritual beliefs with a values-led digital business.
He lives in a remote house that overlooks the wild and beautiful Loch Ness. He might have spotted Nessie once 🦕!