Living and working in today’s world can be difficult. If it gets to be too challenging, recalibrating can bring you back to a state of productivity, joy, and passion. You just have to know where to start.
Sometimes we just need to take a step back. Sometimes we need grounding. Sometimes we need recalibration.
Things like grieving, burnout, moving to a new place, and being stuck in a rut are all big reasons why you might require recalibration.
But beyond anything else, it’s often based on how you feel. If you feel something is off, you may need recalibration. If you feel out of alignment with your values or that you’re not living your life the way you want to, you may need recalibration.
Here are other signs that you need to take a step back and reset:
1. Getting sick constantly
2. Not sleeping
3. Gaining weight
5. Constant difficulty getting up to go to work
7. Pervasively thinking you can’t do things
If you often find yourself experiencing some of these signs and symptoms, it may be time to reassess and start working towards solutions rather than being stuck in the problem.
How to Recalibrate
The first step towards recalibrating sounds simple, but it is much harder to do than people think. Before you can recalibrate you have to know that you need it. You need to be self-aware and understand that there is a problem.
While simple in concept, it can be difficult to consciously realize there is an issue. We all lead busy and sometimes chaotic lives. You may not have enough time in the day to even think about needing to take a moment and assess where you are.
If you want to recalibrate, you need to take some time to start attuning yourself to how you feel. If you’ve done that and determined you need a reset, here are some ways to go about it:
1. Immerse Yourself in New Scenery - Exploring new places and environments can stimulate your senses and offer fresh perspectives. Traveling or even visiting local spots you've never been to can be a source of inspiration.
2. Slowing Down - In a fast-paced world, slowing down is essential for recalibration. Taking moments to relax, practice mindfulness, or simply enjoy solitude can help restore balance.
3. Tapping into Both Hemispheres of the Brain - Engaging both the creative, right hemisphere and the logical, left hemisphere of your brain through activities like art, music, and problem-solving can promote cognitive balance and creativity.
4. Visualizing an Inspiring Future - Visualization is a powerful technique for recalibrating your goals and mindset. Creating a vivid mental image of your ideal future can boost motiveation and focus.
5. Take a Retreat - Retreats provide an opportunity to step away from daily life, relax, or reflect. Whether it's a meditation retreat, a nature getaway, or a wellness retreat, taking time off to recharge and discover can help you recalibrate.
Speaking of retreats, we are excited to announce that due to popular demand, our Ignite Your Power retreat is now being held in-person! If you’re looking for a way to recalibrate and regain vitality, drive, and fulfillment, join us for four amazing days in beautiful Sonoma, California.
6. Taking a Course in Something Different - Learning a new skill or exploring a different field through a course or workshop can stimulate your mind and provide a sense of novelty and growth.
7. Creating New Neural Pathways - Challenging your brain with puzzles, games, or learning a new language can create new neural connections. This cognitive stimulation can recalibrate your mental agility.
8. Going on a Cleanse - A cleanse, whether it's a dietary detox or a digital detox, can help you eliminate toxins and unhealthy habits. It's a reset button for your body and mind.
9. Signing Up for a Physical Event - Participating in a physical event, such as a marathon, yoga class, or team sports, can reenergize you. It sets goals, builds physical fitness, and fosters a sense of accomplishment.
Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose one or several of these strategies to help you regain balance, energy, and a fresh perspective.
A key distinction to make here is a vacation is not the same as recalibration. A vacation is a break. Recalibration is focusing on the problem and attempting to resolve it. Vacations are great. But if you’re looking for the results of recalibration, you should try something else.
Why Recalibration Sometimes Fails
Recalibration is a wonderful way to attune yourself to who you are and reset. However, its benefits can be short-lived. If you want to reap the long-term rewards of recalibration, you must avoid one of the most common mistakes that can derail your efforts.
If you decide to recalibrate and you perform an action in service of that goal, be it joining a retreat, getting a change of scenery, doing something different, etc., you cannot complete that event and think your work is done.
For your recalibration to be successful, you need discipline and structure. Start developing habits that can make you more effective and keep you out of the state you were in before. Living true to yourself and avoiding the signs and symptoms we discussed earlier takes work. But the reward is worth it.
To Your Growth,
The KeenAlignment Team