In a couple of Facebook groups that I’m a part of, I announced my workshop happening next week on the topic of “Set and Achieve Your Goals for 2019.”
I was struck by a couple of the comments.
One person shared that goal-setting has been an ongoing challenge, and the way it’s been presented in so many corporate settings didn’t seem to resonate. It seemed too rigid.
Another person commented how goal-setting approaches tend to be more outward-focused. It's all about the energy of getting something that's outside yourself, and what's missing is the inward focus and the attention to your spirit.
I agree with both their sentiments.
When I approach the topic of goals, I like to break it up into three different aspects: goal-setting, goal-getting, and goal-aligning.
To me, all three are important elements in achieving your goals. Problems and frustrations usually arise when you don't take all three of these elements into account.
Goal-setting is what most people are familiar with. You set your goal with the intention to arrive at a specific destination.
Here are some examples of set goals:
When you set your goal, you set the destination for where you want to go.
The problem with simply setting your goals is that it lacks the action plan for how you’ll get there. That’s where goal-getting comes in.
Goal-getting are the set of activities that you put into place that provide the roadmap for how you reach the goals that you set.
They’re the things that you do that “get” you to your goals.
Using the above goals, here are some goal-getting examples:
As you can see, the goal-getting activities provide you with bite-sized, more manageable steps and measures of progress that move you in the direction of your goal.
If you set goals and then engage in goal-getting activities, you’re way ahead of the game.
But to get you to the finish-line with a greater sense of ease, grace and excitement, it’s also important to give some energy and attention into goal-aligning.
Goal-aligning is the aspect of the goal process that gets to the energy and intention behind the goal.
The reason why you most likely came up with the goal is that you wanted to experience something different or greater than what you are experiencing now.
There’s an inherent calling in the intention and vision behind the goal that says you are equal in mind to the goal itself.
Goal-aligning is the process where you connect with the energy of that intention and vision, where you uncover and unite with the Why behind your goal, and where you align the energy of who you are called to be within your goal-setting and goal-getting.
Here are some questions that can help you with the goal-aligning process:
If you just skimmed through these questions, I encourage you to re-read them again and take them in.
These are the powerful questions that most people never consider when moving forward with their goals.
(And here’s an important side-note about goal-aligning. Sometimes when you ask these kinds of powerful questions, you might come to realize that the original goal you set might not really align with your heart's vision. In that case, you may need to re-visit that goal.)
Ultimately, goal-aligning is connected to your greater vision, and it serves as the “pulling” force that draws you closer to realizing your vision.
Here's the spiritual lesson in all of this:
When you engage all three aspects of goal-setting, goal-getting and goal-aligning, you step into your power.
You become a powerhouse for creative expression, in a way that’s grounded, exciting and energizing for your spirit.
Abundant Blessings and Namaste.
If you’re interested in learning more about these ideas, and other concepts and tips for setting and achieving goals in a way that’s grounded, exciting and energizing for your spirit, check out my upcoming workshop by clicking here.
Can you believe that it's already mid-February? Time is sure flying by.
Over the past couple of weeks I've been talking with a number of people who share how quickly their New Year's resolutions have come and gone.
"This was the year it was going to happen," many tell me. "But a few days after January first, I fell off the wagon. Maybe I'll try again next year."
One of the biggest reasons why people can't move forward with their resolutions is that they didn't set themselves up for success.
Sometimes the goals are too lofty, or they're too vague, or they're not compelling enough.
That's where setting effective goals comes into the picture, and applying specific tried-and-true tools that ensure you stick to your goals.
With this in mind, I would like to invite you to my newest online workshop: Set and Achieve Your Goals for 2019.
I created this workshop last month and unveiled it locally in downtown Los Angeles.
And what happened was....everyone loved it!
Participants learned the power behind writing your goals, and how to create them so that your goals provide you with focus, excitement and clarity.
Plus, I shared different ways for you to stick with your goals. (I share some of the top reasons why resolutions don't stick.)
Because of the success of the live in-person workshop, I've decided to offer this workshop online so more people can participate.
It's been quite a while since I've taught an online class, so this is pretty exciting for me. And, I'm needing to work out my logistical systems for putting an online class together.
That's why I'll be teaching this class in beta format, meaning you'll get to participate knowing that everything might not be as smooth as I'm intending.
I'll be doing this on video so I can share slides online, with notes and a recording for easy review and reference later.
I won't be sending a gazillion reminders about this (probably only 2 more reminder emails), so register now if you feel that this might be right for you.
Here are the logistical details:
ONLINE WORKSHOP: Set and Achieve Your Goals for 2019
DATE: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
TIME: 12:00-1:30PM Pacific Time
Teaching will occur on Zoom with options for audio only or video, and notes and recording will be provided.
(Video will be best because you'll be able to see the slides and example I'll be showing.)
The beta investment for this new goal-setting offering is $25.
Click here to reserve your spot:
If you have any questions, you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post a comment below.
I look forward to participating in this workshop with you!
Abundant Blessings and Namaste.
Yesterday morning I participated in a community visioning call with Centers for Spiritual Living, along with a couple dozen individuals from across the country.
If you’re not familiar with visioning, it’s a spiritual practice where you ask a set of powerful guided questions in order to tap into the highest vision for a specific situation, experience, project or area of life.
Visioning is one of my favorite and powerful spiritual practices.
Interestingly enough, as the facilitator of the visioning call reminded us, the power of the visioning process isn’t in the vision that emerges.
One would think that in visioning, the purpose is all about getting clear on the vision, right?
You see, from a spiritual perspective, the vision already exists. You don’t create the vision. Part of the visioning practice is to “catch” the vision, so that it is revealed to you.
The real power in the visioning process is in the transformative part of the practice, where you uncover who you’re called to become in order for the vision to emerge in your life.
For example, say you hate your job, but you have a vision of having a fabulous career where you get to do what you want to do and you get richly paid to do it.
The vision is already there – the fabulous career. Through the visioning process, you’ve uncovered it.
But in order for this vision to become a reality for you, the central question before you now is, "Who do you have to become in order to be the person that is 'equal' to having this fabulous career?"
To be equal to this vision, there’s work you’ll need to do.
You’ll need to do to let go of beliefs and habits that say you can’t have this fabulous career.
At the same time, you’ll need to embrace a personal journey to be the kind of person you’re called to be in your vision.
That’s what I mean when I say the power in the visioning process isn’t in the vision, but it’s in doing the inner work that needs to be done in order to allow the vision to emerge in your life.
As Tony Robbins says, “It’s not about the goal. It’s about growing to become the person that can accomplish that goal.”
You see, doing the inner work is built on this foundational spiritual principle:
Your outward experiences in life reflect your inner world.
In other words, the particular lens by which you view your life and the world around you shape how you experience the world.
For example, if you believe that life is a struggle and that only people who are lucky make it in this world, then most likely you will find yourself in situations where you’re struggling. You might also keenly observe other people who seem to be “making it” in life and you compare yourself to others, lamenting why you aren’t lucky just like them.
On the other hand, if you believe that life is full of opportunities and that the Universe fully supports you in living your highest and best life, you most likely will see wondrous opportunities constantly coming your way and you’ll notice the abundance of blessings showing up in your life.
Ernest Holmes, the founder of Centers for Spiritual Living and author of the seminal work The Science of Mind and Spirit, captures the essence of this teaching when he says:
“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what (s)he thinks into it.”
The reason why you do the inner work is because if you’re not experiencing your life and the world around you in a way that you truly want, then you need to start shifting something.
And that something that you need to shift is your inner world.
So what does doing the inner work look like?
It can actually look like a lot of different things.
Doing the inner work can look like your intentionally bringing a greater awareness to your own thoughts, emotions and habits.
It can look like you getting clear on the things and activities in your life that bring your energy up and knowing what brings your energy down. That way, you can make the choices to welcome more of what brings you up and to lovingly release what brings you down.
Doing the inner work can look like taking time for spiritual practices that give you a greater, more expansive connection with Spirit in your life, and consistently fostering that connection.
When you think about it, doing the inner work is a lot like decluttering.
But rather than cleaning out your clothes closet or the junk drawer, you’re clearing out your life and your soul.
Just as in decluttering, when you do the inner work, you create a sense of order and spaciousness inside your being that says “Welcome” to a greater experience of Good that is wanting to reveal in and as your life.
Let me be clear, too, that doing the inner work doesn’t mean that you sit in the comfort of your home waiting for all the world’s good to suddenly show up for you without any effort on your part.
When you really do the inner work, the process invites out-of-the-blue ideas and inspiration that “pull” you into joyous and purposeful action.
Inner work uncovers a desire to experience more life fully. Something stirs inside of you. It moves you, and the next step becomes clear.
When you do the inner work, any sense of confusion washes away, and you stand strong in your power.
Ultimately, as the visioning process demonstrates, doing the inner work is an exercise in letting go.
It’s about shedding what no longer serves you so that you create the space to welcome a greater expression of joy and spirit in your life.
Where are you called to create more space so that you can bring more joy in your life?
Abundant Blessings and Namaste.
I’d love to hear if your thoughts about today's post. Let me know by leaving a comment below.
If you didn’t know, I’m publishing a book this summer on the topic and techniques of “Visioning and Visualizing Your Best Life.” If you have any input on what you’d like to see in the book, I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know by clicking here.
And if you’d like support in getting clear on your vision for your life, you can set up a complimentary life coaching consultation. Click here for more information.
Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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