Goal Setting & Life Visualization Meditation
A Preview of Life’s Coming Attractions
We’ve been inundated in recent weeks with information on making resolutions and setting goals for the New Year. And while this can seem like an overplayed tape it’s really important to stop from time to time and evaluate where we’ve been and where we’d like to journey from here. To that end I’m sharing a couple concepts that I find particularly empowering when it comes to looking at and working toward our aspirations and goals.
At the end of the year I always review the prior year. I look at and write about each aspect of my life. By looking back we can acknowledge ourselves for all the progress (planned and unexpected) that occurred in our lives and the things we learned. Also, we can see where we missed the mark. So take time to look at what transpired in your life in this past year and what this is telling you.Then I look ahead and create a vision for the next year. I think about how I want my life to look and feel and what changes I’d like to see and I jot down some concrete goals. By creating this vision of our lives we solidify our intentions and desires and thereby empower them. Ideally. team up with someone, as I do, to share your look backs and your look ahead.
Then I get quiet and visualize the success of my goals. As Einstein says “your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” Set aside some visioning time in which you close your eyes and imagine how your life will look and feel having attained your goals. Immerse yourself in the feelings of this new reality. (If you need support in doing this you’ll find my Life Visualization Meditation to be a great aid in this process – listen to it here for free). When we imagine the new reality in manifest form we energize our intentions and plant seeds for synchronicities to unfold.
Of course, it’s also essential for us to take action toward our goals. It’s exciting to talk about our ideas and projects and while enthusiasm is fantastic we don’t want to confuse our enthusiasm with action. Be sure to take concrete action and know that even one step makes a difference. If you, like me, get overwhelmed when you contemplate some of your goals remember that all you have do is take the next indicated step. Put the next piece in the puzzle and soon the complete picture will come together.
Focus on being productive instead of busy. We can be busy all day, all week, all month, and yes all year and yet find ourselves making little progress in enriching our lives or reaching our goals. Use your energy and time wisely.
In a focus group I participated in we played with the concept of creating our own personal “do not do lists.” These are concepts and habits that don’t serve us because they often keep us busy instead of productive. These might include: checking of email, net surfing, answering the phone whenever it rings, watching mindless TV, trying to keep our inbox uncluttered, committing ourselves to too many things, trying to please everybody, etc. What would be on your own “do not do list”?How is it possible that one person can travel to 24 countries, write a book, give a talk in every state, raise $70,000, blog, have a family life and exercise regularly? It has a lot to do with desire and a zealous determination. OK, to me, that doesn’t even sound remotely fun, but it does provide food for thought! (Learn about Chris Guillebeau and his processes for goal setting, living an unconventional life, and creating change in the world – here).
Our job is to have a vision, have plans, take our strides AND remain open to possibility, remain open to new ideas, new ways of seeing things, new goals and rich detours along the journey of life. Ultimately we want to invite the universe to dance with us and to throw magic dust into our desires, agendas and plans. As Deepak Chopra says there is a “wisdom of uncertainty” because uncertainty leaves all possibilities open.
Enjoy the creation and unfolding of your journey!
Happy New Year to You!
We can make a difference. We can create more peace by being peace. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Peace, Peace, Peace.
Sending peace to you and to the planet. Om.