I am not really one for making New Year’s Resolutions, but I constantly have goals that I am working towards achieving.
New Year’s Resolutions can be quite grand and ambitious but also quickly forgotten.
The way I work on a goal begins with me picturing myself actually achieving it. I ask myself how it will feel, whether it would add value to my life, and what it would all mean to me. I hold the picture in my mind and try to make it appear as real as possible.
I don’t ask myself ‘will it make me happy?’. There is no reason to delay happiness or make happiness dependent on some future achievement. I believe that I need to practise being happy right now.
I then ask myself if I really believe that I can do this thing that I am dreaming of achieving. If I don’t believe in myself or have confidence in my abilities then I know I am setting myself up to fail. I affirm that I have managed to achieve all sorts of things before so there is no reason to think that I can’t achieve this new goal.
Once I have pictured myself doing it, and believe it is possible, I then pause because it’s time to get God involved. I pray about. I ask for strength and guidance.
And then I break the goal down into small achievable tasks. I find that, when I do this, the goal doesn’t seem overwhelming. I make notes about every step and what I will need to do.
Finally – and this is the most important part – I decide what the first step is and I take it it. For me, the first step needs to be taken quickly and decisively.
Before I know it, I am on the way to achieving my goal and am literally ‘living the dream.’ Each step brings me nearer and nearer to the movement of achievement.
I am working on a few things at the moment including…
– Another qualification
– Continuing progress in learning Welsh
….as well as a few other projects that I have got on the go.
I am also committed to writing, journaling, my own spiritual practise and development, my work, music, continuing to contribute to the Unitarian cause, and to building my life here in North Wales.
Of course I am susceptible as anyone to procrastination and running out of enthusiasm, but then I go back to picturing myself achieving the goal and how it will feel – and this gives me impetus to continue. I also remind myself that I have asked for divine help.
I have found that I much more likely to succeed when I follow this system.
What are you working on?
What is your system for achieving your goals?
May God grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! – Psalm 20 v4