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The Large and Small of Goal Setting
A client recently wrote to me, "It feels good to have little successes." I reflected on that, because a lot of times in personal growth we speak about thinking big. We speak about getting out of the box, and setting challenging goals that will move us out of our past conditioning to live a commitment driven life.
And obviously, there's a place for that, I would not discount or discourage the quantum leap approach in goal setting. At the same time, there is a place in personal development and goal-setting for thinking small. Small, in the sense of breaking down our goals into manageable and practical steps. In this way we give ourselves an experience of success.
Small Successes Pave the Way for Greater Achievement
Let's say my goal is to get up at 4 am and do meditation every day. I may say "Yes! Every day, for the rest of my life, I am going to get up at 4 AM and do meditation!" Now let's say the reality is, it has been more than twenty-five years since I woke up before 8 AM. So perhaps I will wake up at 4 AM for a day, or even a week, but then due to past conditioning, I may miss a day.
Missing one day can lead to missing two, and even a whole week. I may feel that I made a commitment to myself, and I didn't keep it, which can lead to a downward cycle of discouragement. However, what if I say, "I am going to get up at 6 AM at least two days per week for the next month to do my meditation."
I may try to wake up early on the other days, but I am rock solid committed to these two days. At the end of the month, I can feel good about myself for having achieved my goal, and then I can build on that success to eventually achieve those greater, larger goals.
Clear Intention is the Key
We assert that, apart from any external goal-attainment strategies, to achieve a result, small or large, we must have clear intention. The power of intention will always actualize itself. "Clear" intention means consciously applying the power of intention. Living from clear intention, no material impediment can prevent this actualization.
Therefore, even if our conditioning or other circumstances present apparent challenges, we can always prevail. With clear intention, we find a way to concretize the result. Implicit in the principle of clear intention is the idea that, "I might not know how it's going to happen, but I'm certain it's going to happen."
A client described how for years she had been trying to sell a piece of land. When she would get close to a sale, something invariably would come in to block it. This became a source of anxiety for her. Once she absorbed the principle of clear intention, and understood that this consciousness comes from the soul, she felt freed from her anxiousness. Almost immediately, her land sold.
Whatever our most cherished vision may be, let us begin it now, with clear intention, and consciousness in the goal.
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