3 Ways To Turn Goals Into Reality
Have you ever made a well-intentioned goal only to fall completely flat? If so, you are not alone. Everyone has blocks that feel insurmountable at times. These blocks may come in the form of finances, health habits, relationships, confidence, or increased creative output.
If you are ready to tackle what has blocked you in the past, I invite you to grab a journal and dedicate yourself to reframing your reality. Instead of getting frustrated where you fall short, look to what has eluded you in the past as a springboard. The following steps will help you to clarify and connect to a new sense of determination.
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1) Look to the intentions behind your goals
Take a few minutes to write down no more than three goals. Next to these goals, write down the emotion or desire behind the goal. As an example, one goal may be to lose weight. If this is the goal, what is the desire behind it? Is it to feel and look better? If so, perhaps the desire is not to lose weight but to live a healthier lifestyle by exercising daily or consuming less sugar. The trick is to make sure the goals are what you truly want, not what others want for you.
Identifying the intrinsic motivation behind the goal may help you to reframe it in your mind and get more specific. It can also help you to identify goals that do not reflect your intentions but feel imposed upon you or things you feel as though you should accomplish. By focusing on the deeper meaning behind your goals, you revisit what matters most to you. This awareness is the foundation from which you can grow.
2) Trust yourself
Take a moment to imagine your ideal self, the self who is strong, connected, and influential. Imagine the you that transcends all limitations, the you who has self-belief and confidence, the you who has the discipline to reach any goal.
The trick to thinking big is to start thinking small. Take a few minutes each day to recognize all strides forward, even if they are tiny. If you have a goal of saving money, for instance, making your own coffee instead of stopping for coffee on the way to work may feel like a drop in the ocean, but such actions have a huge impact when done regularly. Below your list of goals and intentions, record what strides you’ve made toward your goals thus far, then revisit them tomorrow morning to find sustained inspiration and resolve.
3) Cultivate balance
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton
To live the middle way in whatever form feels comfortable to you is the foundation of intentional living. This middle path between excess and deprivation has been recognized as the key to contentment from ancient texts such as the Vedas, which explores the subtle body through the chakra system, to Greek philosophy to modern-day Western psychology. So what brings you into a sense of harmony?
Asking yourself this question regularly will enable you to cultivate positive habits that are self-defined; the trick is to assess when you feel out of alignment and find strategies for getting back to your authentic self. For me, writing, a regular yoga practice, and meditation cultivate this sense of balance. For you, it may be art or quality time with friends. Take a few moments to reflect on what helps you to feel in harmony, and write these items down.
Having a plan of action for when you feel unbalanced or overwhelmed will help you to maintain positive habits and not slip back into old ways, so it is a good idea to revisit what works when you need centering. It is here, from a place of self-knowledge, self-belief, and balance that we find true determination. You just might be surprised how much closer you come to reaching goals that once felt insurmountable.
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