I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: taking action to achieve a goal, from a place of misaligned energy, is rarely effective.  And that’s precisely what’s wrong with 99% of the “advice” that’s out there about how to achieve success.  They tell you:  Write down your goals!  Do 3 small things every day that will move you towards that goal!  Make a list of action steps!  And my favorite:  Don’t forget to network like a champ!!

If it were really that simple, why is it that so many people are doing exactly those things, and are not getting the big results they seek?  Or even any results for that matter?  And there are other people who just seem to get a bright idea, rendezvous with the right people at the right time, and things seem to unfold naturally and effortlessly.  I’m certainly not implying that the latter group is not working hard.  But there’s a lot more to the equation than just hard work, my friends, or there would be a lot more uber successful people out there.  You’ve just got to admit it – there’s simply more to it than just working hard and “taking action”.

That’s because taking action can either be upstream or downstream.  When you are paddling upstream, you are rowing really hard against a powerful current: no matter how hard you try (and you may make it a ways through sheer determination and physical strength), eventually you will get tired and the much more powerful current will have its way with you (that’s what getting beat up by life feels like).

When you are paddling downstream, you are going with the flow.  You’re in sync with your emotions and in an environment that feels natural to you.  You are following your intuition, inspiration, and passion.  So all of the “hard work” and action is being supplemented enormously from the leverage and momentum you are getting from the current.  You feel like you’re taking a wonderful ride down the river instead of slogging through life just trying to stay above water.

Downstream is what action feels like when you align your thoughts with your Inner Being, or Source energy. Some people are doing this unconsciously, as they follow their passion and the path of least resistance.  Positive synchronicities, strong intuition, and perfect timing are all the by-products of aligned energy.  Unless you begin to leverage the power of this very powerful stream, hard work alone won’t get you very far.  If you’re not getting results with the actions you are taking, it’s crucial to take a step back and focus on realigning your energy.  How do you do that?  Visualize your desired outcome, deprogram any self-limiting beliefs like unworthiness or lack of confidence, and clean up negative thought patterns, to start with.  As your energy frequency rises, you’ll be inspired (or intuitively guided) to take the right action at the right time.  That’s really the key.  Achieving things doesn’t happen by meditating all day in a cave – we live in an action-oriented world.  But too many people are taking way too much action from a place of such negative energy, it’s no wonder they’re exhausted and not getting any results.  Get inspired.  Get happy.  Get aligned.  And then, and only then, act!