The Only Way to Have a Healthy Balance: Full Alignment

As I always close in my posts, I write that my business is personal because at one time they weren’t. Work was work. Punching in and out of the clock made sense on a daily basis, but too many years past by without it making much sense. I was following the crowd, yet living a double life.

Having full alignment is near and dear to my heart. Unfortunately, I was living it and took me 13 years to realize it.

After I got out of the United States Marine Corps in 2000, I was going through a rough patch in my life. Two of my outlets were working out and running. I worked out twice a day and ran approx. 30 miles a week. After several months, I was leaner, stronger, and everyone noticed, so I focused my efforts on competing in a bodybuilding show. After a few months of learning the demands of the sport and eyeing my competition, I was intimidated and didn’t want to compete.

Shortly after this setback, I was working the front counter of my gym, and a member spent about 30 minutes encouraging me to do the Portland Marathon (in Oregon). The event was two months away. I was in great shape but not marathon shape.

I decided I would do the 5k instead, and I’d get some of my colleagues to do it with me (because I was too scared to do it myself). I got the ok from the owners to sponsor the registration. Now, I just needed a team.

After recruiting for a couple of weeks, I had four other colleagues and we had our team. Unfortunately, my time expired and registration had closed.

My goal of not doing it soured me. Every year, I regretted to see the first Sunday in October come without me completing the marathon. However, 2012 was different. I was done on being left out. In 2013, I finally completed my Portland Marathon. In hindsight, I wasn’t ready. The race took me over 8 hours to complete (thanks to a shin splint), but it was worth every minute of it.

My biggest takeaway from completing the marathon was I needed to have full alignment with my life, and I’m not just talking about health and fitness. The race catapulted me to take charge of my life. I stopped allowing others to control it, deferring to loved ones, delegating my wants, and expecting others to give me my dream.

Ultimately, this led to a divorce, single fatherhood, financial hardship, backstabbing, loss of family members & friends, loneliness, precious time from my children, more unspoken obstacles, and an enormous amount of hard work. Don’t get it twisted, I’m happier now than I ever been. I look back on that accomplishment and chuckle.

If I’d have known that marathon would have empowered me to have full alignment back then, I’m scared to see my other undone accomplishments will propel me to complete.

The feeling to have everything aligned is amazing. Words cannot express the feelings. To have complete balance spiritually, mentally, and physically is a psychological high. It also helps in creating healthier relationships. You’ll learn the phonies, lackadaisical from the serious, supporters from the haters,  and failure from success.

I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA
Mr. Social Entrepreneur
Consulting | Marketing | Websites

Author: nathanwebster
From a US Marine to nonprofit executive director, I've been fortunate to do a lot of stuff. My quick history is I’m a brand marketer with a background in social good. In the process of running a small educational nonprofit, I learned the value of storytelling and digital branding. That’s how I got involve in marketing, websites, consulting via my podcast as well, and being an adjunct business professor at the local community college.
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