Have you ever taken your car to have the tires rotated and they told you your car was out of alignment? The biggest indicator of this issue was probably the uneven wear on your tires. Chances are, you didn’t even notice it while you were driving, unless it was seriously misaligned. Drive five miles, and no problem. Drive 5000 miles and you might start to see some uneven wear. Drive thousands more miles, and the uneven wear shows up and the life of the tires can be seriously degraded. In fact, even if the alignment isn’t off, we still get the tires rotated to maximize their life. Some years, when we are too busy to find the time or forget to take care of this relatively simple task, we end up with damaged tires that don’t last anywhere near their projected life span.
We aren’t so terribly different from our tires. If our lives are misaligned, we are unlikely to see any issue in the short term. But, over the long term, that misalignment starts to show up in significant and sometimes irreparable ways.
And also like our tires, it can be a relatively simple thing to do a check of our alignment and make minor, but impactful, adjustments to our lives. We tend to put off the time for reflection to the end of one year going into the next, but the reality is, we can pause long enough to make a simple reflection on our alignment anytime, and long before we have a real, life altering situation. Have you gained a few pounds? Maybe there’s a reason you stopped off for fast food three days last week that could have been avoided. Waking up with a few new aches and pains? Granted, some of that is unavoidable as we age, but on the other hand, when’s the last time you spent ten minutes just stretching out your body? Feel like you haven’t sat down to dinner as a family in ages? Do you mark family dinner on your calendar and make sure you make it to that appointment just as sure as you will make sure the kids made their soccer practice? Feeling like you are always behind on your deadlines at work? When’s the last time you really stopped to evaluate your schedule to see if you are utilizing your time wisely?
None of these little misses matter in the short run, but over time they can add up to have major consequences in your life. So, don’t wait for December 31st to decide to make little changes in your life. Start today to find the little ways you can improve and make a difference. As James Clear says in Atomic Habits, “Just 1% better each day, you’ll end up with results that are nearly 37 times better after one year.”
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