Make Your Goals
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The most common hindrance to setting and
achieving meaningful goals is our tendency to make them too small and
uninspiring. If we become too careful, realistic and rational, we run the risk
of setting goals that have no power to stimulate our enthusiasm and excitement.
A mediocre goal will not make you excited about getting out of bed in the
morning. A mediocre goal will not activate your most capable and life-changing
energy. A mediocre goal will become so quickly boring that you will have a
tendency to forget you even made it.
A simple but effective formula for positive
change and successful goal achievement is as follows: Mediocre goals attract
mediocre support and magnificent goals attract magnificent support. You owe it
to yourself to create magnificent goals. I cant say it any clearer than
If, however, you set a goal that is well
beyond the usual vision of yourself, you will create an ally that will energize
and inspire you to reach unimagined heights. It will also generate a kind of
magnetic attraction and pull in support from people, who will contribute to
- A magnificent goal will activate
your best strengths.
- A magnificent goal will stimulate
- A magnificent goal will give voice
to your sweetest and most beautiful song.
- A magnificent goal will draw you
towards your highest purpose in life.
- A magnificent goal will attract
magnificent people and forces to support you.
Now, think about it. This is the beginning
of a new year, and you are being invited to participate in a dynamic process to
create a new you in 2009. I know you want to lose weight and that
is a worthy goal all by itself. However, I am suggesting that you not only make
your goal to become thinner but also expand it to include additional items and
achievements that will excite and enthuse you. Make the new you
incredible. Make your new year magnificent.
Here is a bit of information that will
support you as you explore the new you options. The number of this
coming year, 2009, is propitious. Dr. Carl Jung, the great dream analyst, has
stated that numbers have a certain power all their own. He indicated that
numbers were not invented but were discovered. This means that they existed
apart from human thought and that each basic number has a kind of energy that
it brings with it when it appears in our lives.
The number 3, according to the Jungians, is
an important number that implies and energizes change. When the number 3
appears, it brings its power for initiating a shift or a change towards
something better. It is said that the number 3 wants to become 4,
which is the number for wholeness. Wholeness (again according to the Jungians)
is the highest goal of human life.
Now, back to creating the new you in 2009.
This is a great year to facilitate change for the better, and you even have the
power of the numbers with you. So, whether you accept my premise or not, it is
still an interesting point and a support for your new and magnificent goals.
I have often been inspired by the 13th
century Sufi saint and mystic, Jelaludin Rumi. His poetry seems to speak
directly to my heart. When I am considering setting goals as significant as
creating a new me in 2009, I usually consult his timeless wisdom
for inspiration and guidance. I think the following short poem contains the
essence of what I want to share with you.
Start a huge, foolish project
It makes absolutely no
What people think of you.
Why are Rumis words so relevant for
us right now? Because he is telling us to follow the deepest messages and
challenges of our hearts -- and not to listen to the dream-killing and
limit-setting fears of small people. He is giving us more than permission to
set outrageous goals. He is directing us to start a huge and (seemingly)
Once we set our sites on the highest goals
we can imagine, something magical and mystical occurs. Help begins to arrive
from unseen and unexpected sources. It is as if the Universe itself loves it
when a human attempts something magnificent. Then with gusto, the Universe
reaches out its hand to move us forward and upward.
Is it a good idea to create a new you in
2009? No, it is beyond good, it is magnificent! You can be even more
magnificent than you have ever imagined, and you have an entire year to get
Matthew Anderson, D. Min., is a
counselor, organizational consultant and seminar leader. He lives and works in
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