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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Concrete Goals In the Horizon


Look at the photo above. If you are out there, walking towards the rock formation, you would be able to check your position, your distance, your progress at each and every step. Why? Because you have a specific visual and topographical goal to continually measure and check how you're doing. Without the visual and topographical goal, you would have to be looking at the sun, because without it, you would have no idea if you were walking in the right direction, and how much closer you were getting to the proposed goal.

In life it is the same. If you have no concrete and specific goal in the horizon, you will not know where you are going. You won't be able to check your progress, and you won't know how you've been doing. You won't know if what you did today, this past week or month, or even the entire year, was of any use for getting you closer to your goal, because you have not marked a concrete goal in the horizon.

So sit down today ... even if it's just over lunch ... take a scrap of paper and write down some goals ... long term and short term. Some may be crazy or nonsensical, but just write them down to get your juices flowing, until the real ones come out. Or perhaps you know what they are without writing them down, but you have never thought about how to get there.

So make a plan.
  • You want to start your own business but currently work at a 9-5? How do you transition from one to the other?
  • You want to learn how to play the piano but don't have the money for lessons and to buy a piano for your house so that you can practice?
  • You want to write a play, paint a mural, start a kitchen garden, knit a sweater but don't know how to begin?
  • You want to learn how to fly a plane, lose 15 pounds, play squash or ski in the Alps but don't know how to start?
  • You want to travel abroad for several months between finishing your degree and starting work but don't want it to ruin your chances for getting a good job?
Break down the steps it would take for you to move from where you are today to get to that goal at some specific point in the future. Be realistic, but also be very creative and determined. Think out of the box! Work out what you have to do today to get one-quarter of the way there by a certain date. Work out what you would need to be doing next week to get there by that time. And work out what you would need to be doing at that one-quarter point to get to the half-way point, the three-quarter point and the final goal. And remember that adjustments can be made on the way. Perhaps the photo above with the rock formation in the distance, doesn't let us see that there is a huge yawning hole on the way there. We'll have to detour. It might take a bit longer to get to our destination. So we have to be flexible and learn and observe. But we'll get there, if we keep our eye on the goal.

Goals are part of what gives meaning to our lives. Without meaning we are not that which we could become because we will not have become conscious in so many ways that striving for meaning gives us. Doors open, both inner and outer, when we seek meaning. Goals are one of the necessary steps in that direction.

And never, never stop having more goals that go beyond your current horizon.


For much more about finding meaning in your life, about living consciously, about being aware of your thoughts and feelings, how you react to others and how you love yourself, as well as about choosing to seek your inner well-being above all, in order that you may have a ripple effect on all those who come in contact with you, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as a paperback or e-book for Kindle and all Kindle applications. Click here to download the first chapter.

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"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. Read it and Soul is no longer just a dogma, nor hypothesis, it is made real and as much a part of your being as your toes. We usually shut off our inner voice, yet by recognizing this aspect of ourselves we begin to discover our essential nature, our intuitive truth, and that becomes our loving guide. The author illustrates the limitations of living only as the mind's Ego, and demonstrates in practical terms how we can transcend this by awakening a conscious viewpoint, following the path of our intuition and feelings, no longer separated from our body and the reality around us, and integrating at last our Soul's inner guidance and wellspring of love. The implications are profound."

PETER SHEPHERD; Founder Trans4mind - www.trans4mind.com; author, Daring To Be Yourself



Photo: Uluru Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Australia

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