There are so many positive things we want to achieve in life. Many of us want healthy relationships, more money and new material things. Through our process of achievement we often fail to realize that what we really want is happiness.
I recently went on a personal weekend retreat to the top of Tumalo mountain where I realized happiness is my ultimate goal. Yes! I do wish to double my income, purchase a new mountain bike, ski the world, grow a garden and more within the next year, but what I really want is shared happiness.
I have come to make a joyous game out of the process of attaining my goals. If I fail to truly enjoy the process then why I am shooting for something more?
There are several proven methods for achieving our goals. Many of which I have adopted in one way or another. You will find this information littered throughout philosophical writings and professional development books. Here are some pointers from a great movie and book called The Secret.
Ask: Silence your mind and ask for what you wish to attract into your life. Write your goals or wish as though they have already happened. For example. I am gratefully a millionaire and as a result I get to enjoy adventures all over the world.
Believe: Come to believe that what you wish for is already yours. You have already built an amazing relationship, developed a successful career, written a bestseller… Most of us cannot even begin to comprehend how things are going to manifest in our lives. Anyone who has ever achieved something great will tell you they came to believe it was possible then the steps started showing up in their lives.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” MLK
Receive: Find ways to feel as though you have already achieved what you set out to. A great way to do this is through visualization.
When you visualize you gain the ability to materialize. Through conscious visualization we have the ability to create any vision of our future that we want. And, what man puts his mind toward he shall attract.
I have adopted the use of a vision board to help me begin feeling what life will be like with my wishes. Through this I gain the feelings of joy and happiness that result from having already earned my first $1,000,000, purchased a new mountain bike, contributed to the world in a huge way and so on.
As Einstein said - “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
Be open to the opportunities that this process will grant to your life. Focus on the positive things that move you forward and let the negativity slide by the wayside.
Remember my realization? I realized that my ultimate goal is happiness, not more material wealth. The material will just yield me experiences that result in joy and happiness. This is why I adopted appreciation and gratitude long ago.
I love the saying “Have an attitude of gratitude.”
If you want something more in your life then find things that you already have to be grateful for. We will not be happy with more things if we cannot find happiness within ourselves. Your current list of gratitude's could be as simple as 1. having the ability to read this article 2. having a shelter 3. having healthy food to fuel your body.
I hope you found use in these readings. Now might be a great time to meditate on one of your wishes :)
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