8 Steps to Manifesting Your Goals
Goals are great! We all have them and I’m willing to bet you have a few you’re striving to reach right now. In today’s fast-paced world, we tend to want what we want now—that all too familiar feeling of instant gratification. We can become attached to a specific outcome or desired result when setting our goals as well. Unfortunately, this often leads to disappointment or feelings of failure when our goals are not fulfilled to meet our desired outcome. Oftentimes we choose to focus on the end result, so much so, that we miss out on the wonderment of where we are right now as well as the journey we take along the way. I’ve struggled with this myself and over the years I’ve found a few ways to set and reach my goals where I’m actually enjoying the process and delighting in the results.
This goal setting process helps infuse your goals with divine inspiration, intention and purpose. Pick one goal you want to work on, grab a pen and paper or prepare to type and find a quiet place where you will be uninterrupted for around 15-20 minutes.
Step 1: Settle the Mind
Start with meditation to quiet your mind and become fully present. Sit in a comfortable crossed legged position, spine is tall—close your eyes. Bring your attention to your breath, but don’t try to change it, just notice and observe it.
Step 2: Focus on Your Goal
Keeping your eyes closed, bring your goal into your awareness. Using your third eye, your yogic eye or center of wisdom, start to form a general picture or outline of your goal.
Step 3: Include the Senses
We start to invite in the senses now by focusing on the Tanmantras, one by one, adding in the smells, the sounds, the feelings—start to create a more defined picture of your goal now. In your mind’s eye, see yourself taking the steps to reach your goal; is there anyone else there with you, helping you? See the goal as a movie, playing from beginning to middle and end.
Step 4: Be Open to an Alternate Ending
You will most likely start to form a sought after or pleasing ending to your goal, which is great. And I would like to suggest that you also remain open to all or any alternate endings that are in the highest and best good, for yourself and everyone involved. Often times we will achieve our goals in ways we never thought possible, in ways we didn’t intend on when we first started out. This is why it is important to honor and be aware of all possibilities, even if that ends up looking totally different than what you had intended or envisioned. Keeping an open heart and mind, allowing the divine to guide you and send you the instructions you need, is most recommended here.
Step 5: Surrender and Seal the Deal
As you sit with your eyes closed, envisioning your goal and welcoming in the divine light, feeling the Asamprajnata Samahdi or super consciousness, continue to sit quietly for a few more minutes. The practice of Ishvarapranidhana, is the practice of surrendering to this divine higher purpose.
Step 6: Data Dump. Don’t Try to Analyze It
Gently start to blink your eyes open and immediately following your meditation, while still in a calm relaxed state, write or type out the name of your goal and anything that came through to you during your meditation. Do not try to sensor your thoughts or feelings, just let the words flow out of you freely surrounding your goal and the messages, thoughts, pictures or emotions that presented themselves to you during your meditation. Don’t try to analyze it, just let this data dump occur naturally and flow out of you without trying to change or sensor it.
Step 7: Become Fully Present and Thank Yourself
Become fully present and take a moment to thank yourself for taking the time and energy towards achieving your goals in a divinely inspired way. Keep a feeling a lightness and gratitude, a sort of playful approach to achieving your goal. Be open to all perceived challenges throughout the journey, seeing them as lessons needed to help you reach your goal from a deep and divine place, rather than as a block in your way. Be patient and kind to yourself and allow your goal to unfold naturally, without force or attachment to the final outcome.
Step 8: Take the First Step Right Now
Now it is time to get started! Choose one single action item or step that you can take towards your goal right now. First, type or write down the first step you’re choosing to take right now. Next, ask yourself why you chose that step to start, why is it necessary? Continue to write out how you will accomplish this task, listing everything that comes to mind. You may be pleasantly surprised that options or ways to accomplish your goal may randomly appear to you, so don’t be afraid to take inspired action.
Remember, goals are great but they’re even better when you create them with divine loving care and continue bringing them into fruition with divine inspiration and action. Continue taking the inspired action and complete the first step forward towards reaching your goal. Repeat this process working on each individual action item or step needed for your goal. Each time you meditate on your goal, using all of your senses, you set and strengthen the blueprint. It is well worth your time and effort.
Cheryl is an Entrepreneur, Mother, Yoga Devotee, Yoga Therapist and health conscious Vegan who strives to share the gift of yoga with everyone she comes in contact with. She uses Yoga Therapy to achieve goals such as weight loss, stress reduction, emotional healing, and manifesting. Making time to honor a daily yoga practice is a high priority and can completely transform your life- for the better.
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