Everything is Created Twice

Learning to consciously choose our thoughts, and what we want to deliberately create for our lives

Have you ever been in the middle of a down spiral in life, wondering exactly how you got there? In contrary, have you ever been enjoying a moment of such bliss that you couldn’t fathom how you could’ve possibly been met with a new level of fortune in such a short period of time?

As Stephen Covey noted in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, these situations occur because everything is created twice.

Every famous painting, every New York Times bestseller, every #1 song, The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building, the New York Stock Exchange, the money (or lack thereof) of money in your bank account, the Mona Lisa, the breakfast you ate this morning, this blog post, the house you live in, the fact that you chose that house to live in and not the one across the street, my daughter who is walking a piece of wrapping paper around the living room like it is a dog attached to a leash…

All of these things were created first by thought before they came to be a part of your experience.

It doesn’t mean that you were consciously choosing to focus on these things, they may have been a part of your subconscious thought loop that plays over and over in the background, even when you’re sleeping.

So… is this a blessing or a curse?

Now that you understand that you have the ability to consciously choose what you focus on, this realization can fall into the ‘blessing’ folder. Human beings are the only living things that have the ability to consciously choose what they focus on at any given time.

Are you having a hard time with money? Pay attention to what you focus on on a regular basis. Are your thoughts on the lack of money in your bank account? Not many people have ever obtained riches by constantly focusing on, complaining about and giving energy to a constant worry about their upcoming bills. Worrying about money and creating new, enjoyable ways to earn are exercising two very different parts of your mind.

What about your relationship? Do you focus on what you enjoy about the other person, and dismiss their flaws while loving the fact that they dismiss yours? Maybe it is your constant attempt to create a relationship that is keeping you from having the one that you want? There is nothing fun, playful or attractive about someone who is giving off the vibration of “please be with me, I am so lonely and need someone to make me feel okay. Please!”

When the down spiral of self-limiting thoughts begins, make the conscious choice to choose a better thought.

What if the next time you had an idea for a great product or service, you took immediate action and changed your life forever? What if you decided today that you will end bad habits and change the way you and your family live for good?

Condition this new habit of paying close attention to what you’re thinking about and focusing on in periods of low energy. Next time you create a future worst case scenario in your head, ask yourself “is this exactly how I’d like this situation to play out in real life?”

Everything is created twice. Be diligent in what you create in your mind as the more attention it receives, the closer it gets to becoming a reality.

On the topic of thinking, want to start thinking bigger? Listen to the most recent episode of the Alignment Club Podcast below:

Thinking BIG

In order to take our lives to a greater level, we must first learn to think on a greater level

In the latest episode of The Alignment Club Podcast, we discussed the art of thinking bigger, and how simply shifting the scale at which you can imagine has the ability to make immediate change in your life.

I spent many years stuck in a habit loop of small-minded thinking. I thought that simply working myself to exhaustion would certainly bring me the results I was after.

Regardless of where you are right now, your current job, financials or life situation, you always have the privilege of simply taking a moment to think BIGGER.

When the down-spiral of worry creeps in, a great way to pull yourself up and out of it is to simply ask yourself the question “is this me thinking big? Is this part of my simply vying for my own limitations, without giving way to the expansion that is trying to take place from within?”

Thinking big is exhilarating. You don’t have to have a seven-figure business to imagine what it would feel like, you don’t have to have your dream home to picture how it will be when you sign off on it, repeatedly using your imagination on a bigger scale will undoubtedly begin to steer you towards bigger results in your life.

Start to practice the art of thinking BIG, and know that you are taking an important step towards fulfilling that which you were put here to do!

Listen to the most recent episode of The Alignment Club Podcast below:

Following Through on your New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolutions are seemingly so simply, why aren’t they easy?

For the first time EVER… I managed to follow through on a New Year’s Resolution. It was a very simple goal of reading 52 books in 2019. With just a couple left in 2019, unless I lose my eyesight or get hit by a semi I am excited to say that I will easily meet this goal.

After (literally) a lifetime of watching my New Years goals go down the drain by the end of January, going into 2019 I looked at exactly what it was that was holding me back. Why did it seem so difficult to follow through on my resolutions, even if they were something incredibly simple?

The fear of not following through and the fear of letting myself down were the driving forces in simply giving up before I would even allow myself to get started. Don’t talk yourself out of that which will close the gap on getting where you want to go.

In my experience for 2019’s New Years Resolution, the key was repetition. Consistently reminding myself of my goal, why it was important, and that it was actually wildly possible were the simple steps that kept me going.

The result? A new sense of confidence, and a whole lot of new knowledge from reading a giant stack of books on happiness, personal development, entrepreneurship, investing/trading, spirituality, quantum physics, business and human behavior.

Listen to the most recent episode of The Alignment Club Podcast below, and make the decision that you will follow through on your goals for 2020.

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Feeling Stuck? How to find your Ikigai

T. Harv Eker says “why don’t most people get what they want? Because most people don’t know what they want”. I can relate to this, I never understood why it seemed to be so important to have crystal-clear vision on where you wanted to go, I always figured that I didn’t have time to be planning my future with all of this work to do.

However, that was the exact outlook that kept me stuck, that kept me working and working and working without actually getting anywhere. With no target to aim for, it was easy to become a master in what Napoleon Hill refers to as drifting around with no real intention.

It’s easy to not end up where you want to be, when you don’t know where it is that you want to be. Your life purpose may change or shift with time, but having a macro vision today is a powerful first step in going from where you are to where you want to be.

So, how do we get started?

This exercise refers to a Japanese word called Ikigai, which essentially means reason for being. After being tired of running in circles for so long, this exercise showed me that my Ikigai is to impact the lives of people in a positive way through my actions, my spoken word and my written word. Now, all of my actions can align with this higher purpose, and I am able to quickly discern when something is not in alignment with my Ikigai.

Finding your Ikigai:

  • Grab 4 pieces of paper, title one “What I’m Good At”, the next “What I Love”, the next “What the World Needs”, and the last with “What I can be Paid for
  • Go in whichever order you feel most drawn to, and fill at least one side of each paper.
  • Upon completion of each page, take a moment to review every point written before beginning the next topic.
  • Once you have completed all four topics , review them again and highlight three of each that stand out to you on each page.
  • Take those three and narrow them down to one for each topic
  • Voila, you have determined your Ikigai

What next?

If you are ever having a difficult time making a decision, ask yourself “does this align with my Ikigai?” If the answer is yes, then go forward. If the answer is no, then simply delegate or outsource the task while you continue to hone in on your purposeful duties.

I decided that in order to make 2020 a breakthrough year, I am going to have to let go of some things. To let go of control on some duties that I have been scared to outsource lately, to let go of “what will people think of this?”, to let go of old beliefs and stories.

Having an Ikigai allows me to navigate through challenging decisions by always asking the question “is this in alignment with my definite purpose, or not?” The answer is always binary, and the decision can then be made.

I hope this was helpful for you, and I hope you do one thing today that simply focuses on living in alignment.

What is Yours Will Find You

If you had to, could you remember a time when you wanted something so badly, it was right in front of you, and somehow the deal fell through? The offer got rejected, the contract fell through, it felt like everything was coming down around you?

These experiences happen to everybody, and sometimes they can be wildly disappointing. It is easy to play the victim and say “why me? why would this happen now?”, but what if nothing was ever happening to you?

What if every deal that has ever fallen through was simply pushing you towards a better outcome, every failed relationship was providing you first-hand with the lessons you will need for the future, what if it were completely impossible for things to “go wrong?”

When something is destined to be yours, it is impossible for it to miss you. This allows us to live from a place of “the fact this didn’t work for me means that something better is en route”. This is a much more peaceful way of living than constantly trying to push and force things to happen.

A Course in Miracles reads: “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.”

I have never seen grass that is stressed about it’s growth rate, or leaves that come in the winter because they just couldn’t wait until spring, or sun that comes up in the middle of the night (Alaska is an exception) because it just couldn’t wait for morning.

Does this mean to avoid taking massive action on your goals? No. This simply means letting go of that which you cannot control, and knowing that nothing finds its way into your experience by accident.

Enjoy this Sunday.

How do we destroy scarcity thinking? By taking our focus off of ourselves. Listen to episode 003 of the Alignment Club Podcast below:

Meditation: A Life Changing Tool

What if you could slip from the states of anxiety or stress, into a blissful state where you can’t even remember what it was that had you wound up in the first place?

It is not only possible, it’s very easy once you become accustomed to it and will have a profound effect on your day-to-day.

There is almost an addictive property that comes with the elevated feeling of switching from the ego brain that loves to focus on problems and scarcity, into a state in which no problems truly exist.

The toning out of external noise, stressful thoughts become replaced with a clearer vision on what is actually going on in your life. Feelings of gratitude and acceptance seem to arise without even seeking them out.

Meditation is the fastest way to tap into who-you-really-are and further detach from who-you-think-you-are.

At first, I could barely meditate 5 minutes without drifting off to sleep. I then progressed to the realization that if I were sitting vs. lying, meditation became much easier.

After spending 60 – 120 minutes per day in meditation for the last 6 or so months, I could say that there is nothing in life that has ever made such a rapid, more lasting effect on my happiness, ability to control my emotions, and overall state.

A driving purpose behind the birth of Alignment Club was driving to the gym one morning, wondering how much better the world would be if everybody took just a few moments per day to connect with themselves.

More on this in the future. Until then, enjoy the living daylights out of your existence today and here is a wonderful guided meditation from Eckhart Tolle to start, end, or simply break up any day:

A Gratitude Video to Start Every Day

Instead of starting the day by opening our smartphones to see what the world thinks of us, how many notifications we have, what our inbox looks like, how busy we have to show everyone we are, what if it were the norm to spend the first hour of the day being grateful for being alive?

“Start by opening your eyes, and be amazed that you have eyes that you can open”

The chances of being born into the parents you were born into is 1:400,000,000,000,000 (that’s four hundred trillion!!). When you move through your day from a state of gratitude, you become untouchable. Small things do not bother you, and you become a magnet for an endless stream of good things!

This short video by Louie Schwartzberg has received over 5.5 Million views for good reason, and is a bulletproof way to start each and every morning:

Listen to the latest episode of the Alignment Club Podcast here:

Start Now

As a former professional procrastinator, it is a beautiful feeling to be writing this blog entry, the first blog entry on alignmentclub.com

My name is Jordan Oelrich, I am 27 years old, and I live in the interior of British Columbia. A few years ago, I began to ask myself what it was that can create such drastic separation between how it is people want to live, and how it is they’re actually living?

Why do some people seem to continuously attract such wealth, while others live a life of eternal struggle? Why is it normal in our society to come home complaining about a job, then willingly return to it the next morning? What makes the difference in people that are truly happy and fulfilled from those that aren’t?

Before I graduated high school, I began working in the fly fishing industry. I dabbled with some other (rarely glamorous) occupations in attempts to fit in, but found my energy levels and overall enthusiasm for life quickly dwindling.

When I found out I was going to be a dad, I began to ask myself what the most amazing life I could imagine would look like? This lead me to starting my own fly fishing guiding service and travel company, a path that has been full of speed bumps, mishaps, joy, cool people, flat tires, amazing experiences, travel and overall an extremely good life by my standards.

I started to notice one morning as I drove to pick up my clients, just how many people were driving on the same road I was. Where were these people going? What were they doing? What did they have for breakfast? Are they happy? Do they enjoy themselves?

It slowly started dawning on me that maybe not everybody is fortunate enough to know what they love, let alone how they could ever monetize it and turn it into a job or career.

This lead me to asking how I could help, empower, inspire, make a difference in people’s lives. What if they just needed one more nudge towards jumping off the corporate ladder and becoming a ski instructor, a food photographer, a travel blogger, a wedding planner, a kitchen organizer, a pro golfer, a fly fishing guide (laughs), a professional skateboarder, a stay-at-home mom (or dad, parenting is a fulltime job in itself), a pilot, an astronaut, a pastry chef or the next president?

You can read the whole story here, but I had a divine experience involving two clients from the Pacific Northwest, in which I decided the time to act was now. The time to take a step towards changing the way people live is now. Why? Because now is always the best time to get started.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie

I am so, so, so thrilled to be here right now, sitting in my kitchen, punching away at the keyboard in hopes that I can be the difference in the way someone lives, works, thinks, acts, eats, sleeps, exercises or spends their Sunday evenings.

A stack of personal development, spirituality, quantum physics, self-help, woo-woo, meditation, business, finance, investing, trading, neuroscience, high-performance books the height of Mt. Saint Helens and an undisclosed number of hours spent soul-searching for how I can make my finite earthly experience the best one possible has lead me here.

Thank you so much for reading this, whoever you are, and feel free to tune into the Alignment Club Podcast every Monday and Friday at 5am PST.

Until next time, the time to get started on the life you really want is right now, right where you are.