It All Begins With A Purpose – The Affirmation Spot for Friday December 26, 2008

Today’s Affirmations:

“A new day dawns…I am a new person today; a better person, a healthier person, a happier person.”

“The roadblocks in my life are simply shortcuts to something better than I had planned.”

“Determination…I push my limits and I achieve great things.”
(Click an affirmation to hear it or get the mp3 version for your music player)

clouds_fieldAs we approach a new year, your thoughts may be turning to what you want to change in your life. The concepts of “beginning anew” or “starting over” are talked about everywhere. The people around you are making resolutions about the things they want to change. This is wonderful, but resolutions can’t succeed until you have a purpose.

It’s fine to want to lose 10 pounds, get a better job, make more money, or make more “you” time. However, without a purpose these are wishes hanging in mid air without support. They will probably be memories by February 1 unless they are linked to something more substantial – a purpose.

Finding your purpose is a big deal, but it’s not as mystical or difficult as it sounds. It simply involves bravely and soberly asking the question, “Why am I here on this planet?”

When you consider this question deeply you find that the standard resolutions we all make, while worthy goals, don’t go to the heart of the matter. “What is my life about?”

One of the best ways to identify your purpose and keep in front of you throughout 2009 is to write a purpose statement. Make it fun and motivational so that it will inspire you to keep going in tough times. You can share your purpose statement with others or keep it completely private. I’d encourage you to make that decision based on what will keep you the most motivated to pursue your purpose.

Here are some tips for creating your purpose statement.

  • Answers the question, “Why am I here on this planet in this time and this place?”
  • Answers the question, “What do I want to accomplish while I’m here?”
  • Answers the question, “What would I be doing if I was truly following my bliss in life?” (What are your true talents? What do you absolutely love doing? What activities make time pass so fast because you enjoy them so much?)
  • Identifies the activities necessary to transform your purpose into a reality.
  • Written as a positively-worded statement that clearly states your life purpose.
  • Edited until it is clear and you are happy with it. Remember it is not a static document. As your purpose becomes clearer, you can always adjust it.
  • Sets a timeline or milestones for your goal.
  • Keeps you motivated throughout the year. Keep your purpose where you will see it every day. Read it every day. Say it every day. Keep it in front of you even when you don’t feel like it.
  • THINKS BIG. This is your life purpose – your ultimate dream – don’t limit yourself to your limited view of what you think is possible right this moment.

Here is a sample life purpose statement.

I know I am here on this Earth to write childrens’ books. I am destined to be a published childrens’ author. My books are going to transform childrens’ literature. To accomplish my purpose, I commit to the following activities that I know I must do reach my goal:

  1. Activity #1
  2. Activity #2
  3. Activity #3
  4. Activity #4

While I accept that there may be obstacles in my path, I choose to see them as opportunities to enhance and refine my purpose. I have waited so long to pursue my dream of being a childrens’ author. I’ve made the excuses and let other things get in the way. I will wait no longer.  I resolve here and now to pursue my purpose with all my energy, intelligence, and talents. With every step I take towards my goal, I will celebrate and reward myself.

My goal is to be a published childrens’ author by (date).

With a purpose firmly stated and filling your mind, it won’t be long until you are on your way to living your dream.

Stay inspired!

Ray

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Articulating Your Goals and Dreams – The Affirmation Spot for Monday April 14, 2008

Today’s Affirmation:

My dreams are the fuel that powers my life. Today I choose to follow them.


Can you articulate your goals and dreams? Are you making your goals and dreams concrete enough to bring them to fruition? Are you putting your intention for their realization out into the universe? This week we are going to look at some ways to bring your goals and dreams closer to reality.

Articulating Your Goals and Dreams

Words have such power. Most spiritual traditions around the world talk about God or the gods speaking the world into being.

From the beginning, words have been the source of creation. They are the first step in manifesting thoughts in our head out in the world. They are also the bridge between thoughts/ideas and actions.

It’s nearly impossible for your goals and dreams to become a reality, if you are unable to articulate them. The ability to clearly articulate your goals and dreams is the first step in clearly envisioning them.

You often hear successful people talk about their mission statements. These statements are nothing more than a formalized articulation of who they are as a person and an affirmation of their dreams and goals.

Articulating your goals or dreams need not be that formal. It can be as simple as a phrase that succinctly describes your goal. To begin, use some simple questions to get your thought process going.

“What is your dream?”
“What do you want to be doing in five years?”
“If you could be doing anything with your life what would it be?”

You’re not worried about “the how” at this point, only “the what”. “The how” takes care of itself once you clearly envision “the what”.

Here’s a simple 7-step process to begin articulating your dreams and goals.

  1. Ask yourself the preceding questions or similar questions you devise.
  2. Brainstorm answers by writing down everything that comes to your mind when you ask these questions. Listen carefully to really capture your true heart’s desires.
  3. When you’re happy with your list prioritize your answers.
  4. Select 1-3 key goals or dreams (that’s all most people can really focus on at any given time). These are the ones that really speak to you right now. Keep the rest for future use.
  5. Write a brief statement describing the goal or dream and your desire to achieve it. Add a timeframe to your statement. Spice it up with extra detail to motivate action.
  6. Memorize your statement.
  7. Articulate the statement regularly – out loud and to yourself. When someone asks you what you want to be doing answer with your statement. Use the statement as an affirmation for yourself. Share it with friends, relatives, and colleagues.

Following are a few examples to get you started:

Instead of saying:

“I want to be a published author.”

Say something like:

“In five years, I want to be sitting on a beach writing novels full time.”

Instead of saying:

“I want to be a football coach.”

Say something like:

“In five years, I want to be a successful college football coach at a divsion I school.”

Instead of saying:

“I want to a better mom.”

Say something like:

“In the next six months, I want to create more time with my kids and devise ways to be more engaged in their learning.”

The next post will discuss putting your intention for achieving your goal out into the universe.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray