Our guest writer, John Kramp, is the co-Founder of The Riverstone Group, a leadership consulting firm based in Brentwood, TN. The Riverstone Group uses The Life Align System to help business leaders make business and life work. For more information: www.theriverstonegroup.com.
Increasing speed, you merge into interstate traffic for a seven-hour road trip. That’s when you notice. In your right hand, your steering vibrates. When the traffic clears, you conduct the test. While in the left lane, you lift your hand from the wheel and your car begins to move toward the right. You know what this means. For the next seven hours you will be forced to exert force to the steering wheel to compensate for the misalignment of your tires. You arm aches at the thought but at that point, there is nothing you can do.
Tires out of alignment are a nuisance. A life out of alignment is a disaster. But what can you do? Here’s a simple but profound tool I use personally and with clients seeking business or personal assistance. It’s called The Life Align System, which requires you to monitor and adjust five key areas on an ongoing basis.
Why – Can you clearly explain why you are doing the things you are doing?
Now – Do you have an objective view of the current state of your business and life?
What – Can you succinctly answer the question, “What do you want?”
How – Can you “stress test” your “What” with practical tools to avoid a pipe dream?
Wow – When you explain to others what you do, do they say, “That’s nice” or “Wow?”
Don’t let its simplicity fool you. There’s nothing overly complicated about an alignment system at the mechanic’s shop. It only matters if want your car to move in a straight line on the highway when you lift your hand from the wheel. Life works the same way. Constantly applying The Life Align System with objective feedback and support from others can make an astounding difference. Think back on Jesus’ life. He lived on earth in perfect alignment:
Why – He could explain why He had come. “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)
Now – He could objectively articulate the problems people face due to sin. “For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another. . .” (Titus 3:3)
What – He could understand what was required to deal with sin and to offer eternal life. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
How – Jesus not only knew how but actually took the hard steps that made the cross and resurrection a reality. “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.” (1 Peter 3:18)
Wow – In time, an empty tomb and a resurrected Lord defied anyone to say, “That’s nice.” “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) The only appropriate response is “Wow.”
Life on earth is like a long road trip. A misaligned life causes personal wear-and-tear that also affects the people closest to us. Wise “road warriors” will make both business and personal alignment a priority.
O God, my world is often cluttered. Schedules, deadlines, and bottom lines conspire to knock me off course. Make me alert so I can avoid junk in the road. Empower me adjust and change. Forgive my careless inattention. May I move through increasingly aligned, doing Your will on earth as it is done in heaven. I cannot align myself. Grant me the mercy and grace of alignment by Your Holy Spirit working in me.
“Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet-thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing-consistently. This builds trust, and followers love leaders they can trust.”