Thanks to a post by Mike Martel over at Samurai Networking, this goddess has been thinking about the difference between Setting your goals and Setting Your Intent.
And I have come to the conclusion that Old school goals, with their requirements of precise details and exact time-lines, do not allow for the magnificence of the Universe to work its magic.
Think about it.
Setting a goal for yourself must rely on your present awareness as its basis, and your present awareness is fully and completely determined by your past experiences.
With me so far, scrumptious ones?
But what if there’s More Possibilities to your goal, more ways to achieve it, that you don’t even know exist, which could come in to play and make the vision of your goal seem woefully uninspired and small?
And what if achieving that little small goal still left your intent unfulfilled?
And since we’re not yet All Knowing, you’ve got to admit there’s always something more out there!
“What’s the view you have of the world? Because how big that window is, how wide your prosperity consciousness is, has a lot to do with with how you’re going to manifest prosperity.” ~ Randy Gage (from this video)
A few examples for you …
- I always envisioned First Class as the slightly wider seats and spacious leg room of the curtained area that I passed through as I maneuvered my carry-on down the aisle of the plane.
Then I saw Randy Gage’s video on the suites on board Air Emirates, complete with full size bed and shower! Oh great heavens, be still my beating heart!
And then I realized that were I to manifest the things I had then been visualizing, I would have dreadfully short-changed myself.
- Oprah Winfrey created dorm rooms of simple beauty, with art and flowers, for the girls in her school in South Africa.
Her reason? How could they possibly envision a life of luxury for themselves when all they’d ever known was a one roomed hut with no running water. There was no way to picture that because it was so far removed from their current experience.
- To someone whose idea of abundance is one full meal a day, the concept of an all-you-can-eat buffet would be dismissed as fantasy.
My point is ~ How can you set a goal for something that you do not Know exists?
I believe the answer is, you cannot.
And beyond that, what if the way you’ve Decided to earn the millions of dollars you seek is not actually the best or fastest way available, but because you don’t know of any other way, you’ve basically handcuffed the Universe to the skimpy parameters of your vision.
This is what Mike Dooley calls “The Cursed How’s” and in his book Infinite Possibilities, he warns us to focus on the What and the How will take care of itself.
Therefore, in this goddess’ opinion, the solution to living a life of glorious abundance and unlimited bliss is not in setting rigid, fiercely structured goals,
but on setting your INTENT.
How deliciously Freeing is that?!
INTENT indicates Direction, a purposeful movement toward a loosely defined end, with maybe a few key details determined but the rest identified by … get this, … Simply Feeling Good.
“When you follow your bliss… doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” ~ Joseph Campbell
Now, I know by now some of you dahlings are starting to space out here, so I’m going to leave you with this thought ~
Focusing more on How You Want To Feel,
rather than What you think you need to achieve that feeling,
might, just might open you up to all sort of serendipitous discoveries
and the glorious maneuverings of the Universe.
And offer up all sorts of possibilities that you,
might still be unaware of.
It’s worth a try, right?
In my next post I’m going to expand on this thought, give you real-life examples of how it works, and issue you a Challenge for 2011.
Meantime, do let me know what you think of this idea ~ it would make for delicious tea-time conversation.
Setting your goals … or your intent ~ where do you stand?