The secret to reaching your goals

I know many people think that there’s a secret to reaching goals. I used to think that too. Sometimes I still think that way when my old blueprint tries to sneak up on me.

These past two weeks were like that: I felt lost and foggy, which didn’t surprise me. This is often a bad time of year for me anyway, but often when I’m in a more structured environment and then that disappears, it takes a while for me to become more self-directed again. Many of this year’s students have been saying the same thing.

So while it felt uncomfortable at times, and I even began having doubts about some things I know I can have in my life (along the lines of could I really do them), I knew it would pass, because this sort of thing has happened before.

Is there really a secret to achieving goals?

Today I was reading in the Master Key and something jumped out at me in the foreword to part 9:

If you wish to change conditions you must change yourself.

Haanel change conditions

Okay, I’m sure most of you are thinking: so how does one do that, exactly? Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, this shouldn’t be too mysterious.

Hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already existing fact.

Again, it boils down to: WHAT DO YOU WANT? You have to be specific. Literal. If a computer did what you just said and thought, what would happen? Because it will happen if you affirm it as an already existing fact.

We never question it when we do this in the negative sense (something like “why does this always happen to me?” – which is another affirmation as an existing fact) but for some reason people get all twisted around about doing this in the positive sense. As if there’s something weird or wrong about positive thinking.

But I digress.

Haanel goes on to say:

Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort.

Well, then. I guess I have slacked off a bit, and gotten off my target.

I’ve been feeling over the past few days that I need to lighten myself, to begin cutting things out of my life that aren’t getting me to my goals, that don’t advance my objective.

I feel this is another “secret” which people leave out when talking about the process of getting what you want. It’s all very well to have intention and ambition, but you can’t physically do everything you might have the whim to do (I’m looking at you, Facebook), for the simple reason that there isn’t time. You have to decide what stays in your life and schedule and what goes. I’ve done this before, but I feel as if that sort of pruning needs to happen again.

So I’m going through a time of refocusing, I think, which is always good.

How are you doing these days? Have you found that the mental diet is helping you?

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  1. Jean

    I think a regular prune is a good idea. My shrubbery keeps needing to be pruned. I’m not surprised at the need for a periodic mental prune (which I have also noticed a need for recently).

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