If there are flaws they are in ourselves, and our task therefore must be one not of redesign but of renewal and reaffirmation, especially of the standards in which all of us believe.

– Elliot Richardson


There are times in life when it’s time to search for a change.  Taking steps towards renewal helps us dust off the cob-webs, reflect on where we are and make adjustments to become more aligned with the path we would like to travel.

Over the past year or so I have been through over half a dozen adjustments like this.  I was searching for alignment, but last week discovered I was looking in the wrong place.  When people refer to alignment they sometimes mean finding your place in life where you feel most satisfied.  Even better, perform with less resistance and deliver great value to the world.  To find such a place can take many phases of renewal.

My literal interpretation of alignment was quite rigid.  Simply find something you like doing, try it out and measure that it has some type of alignment.  Understanding points like I’m working in flow, feeling like jumping out of bed each morning to get going, being excited, business is going well, and being full of beans (energy).

But when I tried, I didn’t get these types of feelings.  I was driven for a short while and when a shadow appeared, doubt would fall into place and I became uncertain about my alignment.  I would go off and search elsewhere and try again.  The same cycle has been going for over one year.

In June I travelled to Cancun to a gathering of around 300 brilliant entrepreneurial minds.  You might think that these places would be ripe for business type chatter, swapping of business cards and patting one another on the back.  Well they go a bit deeper than that.  They are brilliant places for renewal, a throng of ideas, shared experience, emotional adjustment, stretching boundaries, challenging inner limits and making good friends.  I’m expecting that being in a place like this will bring massive renewal, inspiration and enhance my alignment.

And of renewal, that point I discovered.  After reading some of Ben Saltzman’s work on Enneagram’s and personality types, I found out I was searching in the wrong place for alignment.  First I needed to be aligned with myself.  I’m going to do some inner work before looking for alignment somewhere else.  For the next three months this is going to be a major part of my renewal.

Have a look at Ben’s work.  You can get his free book here.  I’m curious to know – what things do you do for renewal?  Leave a comment below and let me know what works for you.

Photo Credit: Sharon’s Photostream on Flickr