When I was 15, a geometry teacher told me that. I smiled smugly at her obvious point—the way self-righteous teenagers often do. But it took me years before I understood what she meant. Even longer before I actually started living it.
For most of my life, I wandered around aimlessly, the way I imagine most people do—working really hard, catching some lucky breaks, silently stewing about the way people treated me, fantasizing about the life I might one day lead.
And it took me all across the map—from hard-partying at movie premieres, to working in healthcare PR, to filming documentaries in Rome, to drinking herbal tea with my spiritual community. My path was anything but a straight line.
It took life-changing sickness, an unconventional relationship, and a career change to wake me up. I realized that if I wanted to move from where I was to where I wanted to go, all I had to do was draw a straight line. Align with all of the things that would move me to where I wanted to be. It was that simple.
Imagine what success looked like to me, and align with that. Eat the way I would eat when I’m successful. Exercise the way I would exercise when I’m successful. Treat myself the way I would treat myself when I’m successful. Hang out with the same people I would when I’m successful.
Draw lines from where I was to where I wanted to be. A straight line. Aligned. Because the only way to become who I wanted to be was to align with those energies now. The fastest route between two points is always a straight line.
It’s simple, really. But the simplest ideas seem to be the most difficult for us to grasp. In every situation, there’s only one decision we ever have to make – “Will this bring me closer to, or further from, where I want to be?”
That’s it. That’s all there ever is. We just have to decide what we want and consistently focus our energy—in every aspect of our life—on that very thing. That very point in space. Who we want to be. Who we already are.
The real magic of alignment is that, even as we move further out there—further forward on our path—it’s always bringing us back home. It’s always bringing us back to ourselves. Because it’s what we really want. It’s who we really are. It’s self-acceptance.
There are infinite places to align. Aligning with your business and your soul tribe and your goals and successes. But real alignment always happens when you align with yourself. When you have the courage and the audacity to stand up and say, “Listen up, world. I’m me. I’m going to be the incredible, fabulous, unique, unmistakable me. And I’m only going to accept the people, places, and things that support that. That are in alignment with it.”
It’s that easy. Whether we’re talking about making six- or seven-figures, or just rocking out to your favorite tune, alignment is about connecting the dots. Accepting yourself. Accepting what you want. And then drawing that line from Point A to Point B.
Hell, if you can pass 9th grade geometry, then you can probably get anything you want out of life. All you have to do is align with it. Know what you want and draw a straight line to that.
And the rest—well, that’s just magic. The magic of alignment.