Goal Setting or Let Go and Let God

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These are two approaches people use to manifest their desires. Some set goals. Others surrender.

Some divide their objectives into micro-steps and assign specific dates to the expected completion of each step. Others presume the universe is conspiring to deliver to them their every desire without strain, in its own way and in its own time. They let go and let God.

Both approaches appear to produce results. So which is best?

What Do You Want . . . and Why?

No matter what the desire, if we strip it down to its bare bones, we’ll likely discover why we want it. We pursue our desires simply because we think the manifestation of them will bring us happiness. That’s what we really want. We want happiness. We want peace, contentment and joy.

“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.” — Samuel Johnson

It’s easy to forget that fundamental motivation as we busy ourselves chasing our secondary desires . . . the ones we feel will deliver our primary longing for happiness. Instead of aiming directly for happiness, we get sidetracked on countless examples of secondary tangents.

How many people live their entire lives in the pursuit of these secondary tangents, never realizing that what they were really after was to be “happy at home?” It would be far easier to count the few who align the compass of their lives directly toward their primary urge for happiness

Happiness occurs in this present moment always . . . not in the past and not in the future, but right now. Happiness is not something to be achieved later as a result of disciplined goal-setting and strategic planning. It is something that occurs as a direct result of intention.

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln

If not now, when? If you’ve been telling yourself you will be happy later . . . just as soon as . . . (fill-in-the-blank) . . . you have already missed opportunities for happiness. Those missed moments are gone forever, but the good news is: It’s never too late to start now. And since it’s always now, as long as you are happy now, you are happy forever.

“Remember the hourglass, the grains of sand dropping one by one . . . The crowded hours come to you always one moment at a time.” — James Gordon Gilkey

To take an honest, objective look at the reasons why happiness is not happening to you on a moment-to-moment basis, the reasons are likely not “now-based.” Instead, they are probably based on something that happened in the past or didn’t happen in the past. Or, the excuses you tell yourself to justify your present unhappiness are based on something that may or may not happen in the future.

“Live for the day only, and for the day’s work . . . The chief worries of life arise from the foolish habit of looking before and after.” — Sir William Osler

“To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustains life, not the top.” – Robert M. Pirsig

Even for someone happily living in the moment, there are times when the mechanics of goal-setting can come in handy.

Goals . . . How?

Goals work because they allow you to tap into the power of your subconscious mind. When you set a goal, specifically defined, with a completion date specified, it creates an unbalanced energy in your mind. Since balance is your preferred natural state, your subconscious mind goes to work 24/7 doing everything it can to regain mental equilibrium. If it has to come up with the details to manifest your goal in the process of regaining balance, so be it.

Throughout the process, it’s up to you to recognize and act upon the opportunities presented to help close the gap between where you are now and where you want to be. By refocusing on the details of your goals regularly, you are reinforcing the creative tension, which translates into more motivation to act upon the nudges, inspiration and coincidences that occur. They are being orchestrated by your subconscious mind working behind the scenes in concert with the universe.

Goals . . . Why?

Goal-setting is a good tool to help you learn more about yourself. As soon as you set a goal, your conscious mind will go to work coming up with all the reasons why it’s not going to work. If you’re paying attention, this process offers you a glimpse into the debilitating belief system that has been working against you . . . perhaps for your whole life. Now that you know what it is, you can admit it to yourself and either change it or work around it to continue moving toward your goal.

Goals Reveal Fears

Your goal-setting also has the potential to release deep-seated fears. Do you have a fear of failure? If so, the fear will try to convince you to give up.

Do you have a fear of success? If so, the fear will try to convince you to not even try.

Do your goals flush out fears of making a fool of yourself or of getting hurt emotionally, physically or financially? If so, again your fears will try to convince you to quit.

Your experience with this seemingly endless collection of fears provides you with many opportunities for further personal growth as you recognize the fears, one by one, and put them in their place by shining the light of your attention directly on them. These nebulous fears are shadows. They cannot survive the light of day when you focus on them. They are not insurmountable obstacles, as they would have you believe . . . just speed bumps you must negotiate on the way to the manifestation of your goal. Your decision and resolve to view them in this way makes it so.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford (1863-1947)

External Obstacles to Goals

After you’ve dealt with the internal goal-killers, thoughts and fears, next come the external obstacles. The outside world will come up with things to get in the way of reaching your goal. It’s really nothing personal . . . it’s just the way of the world. You will be up against a whole new collection of reasons to abandon your objective and give up.

Many people do exactly that. A few adapt, refocus, adjust their trajectory and keep their mind open to creative ways to go around (or through) the external road blocks.

“The timid and fearful first failures dismay,
But the stout heart stays trying by night and by day.
He values his failures as lessons that teach,
The one way to get to the goal he would reach.”
- Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)

Goals Stretch You in Many Good Ways

A determined pursuit of goals stretches you in many beneficial ways . . .

· You learn about your own limiting programming and hopefully ways around it.
· You learn about the power of putting your own subconscious mind to work for you.
· You learn to recognize and then implement creative solutions to apparent obstacles.
· You learn that you have the creative potential to deliberately choose and then orchestrate the details of your life.

This is an important tool in your tool-bag of mastering your own life. With each experience, you become more than you were before through the process of manifesting your choices through goal-setting.

“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get . . . You want to set a goal that is big enough that, in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming.” — Jim Rohn

A Goal to Be More

That brings us to another level of goal-setting . . . goals not about “where I’m going” and not about “what I’m having” but goals about “who I’m becoming.”

This kind of goal-setting has no specifics detailed and makes no assumptions, except one. If you were to describe this kind of quantum-leap goal-setting to yourself, I might sound something like this: “I assume that I am a divine being living among other divine beings, a piece of the whole, and the entire universe is conspiring on my behalf and in my favor. I am a co-creator with God, and all my experiences are perfect, taking me where I need to go, and teaching me what I need to know to become the best possible version of myself.”

An Inter-Dimensional Approach to Personal Development

To someone totally focused on inter-dimensional experiences, traditional goal-setting isn’t necessary and could actually get in the way. On a dedicated path of personal discovery and enlightenment, goal-setting could easily send you on distracting tangents instead of allowing you to stay on the very best, most direct route for your ultimate personal development . . . and happiness.

Map of the Moment

The inter-dimensional traveler’s map is different from the one used by the traditional, linear traveler. The traditional map shows the present position, the destination, as well as the exact route required to get from here to there. The inter-dimensional traveler’s map tells him where he is right now. When he reaches a crossroads and needs directions, the map only provides the information needed in this present moment.

The usual linear information of “step one to step two . . . then step two to step three” is missing. Only the information needed in “the now” is provided and it is always provided only in the moment it is actually needed. Information needed in the past is unnecessary baggage and information useful in the future will be provided, as it is needed “now.”

This idea has been described as a state of “surrender” or “let go and let God.” It takes total commitment to the inner path and unwavering faith that an intelligence with broader perspective than yours knows better than you do about all the details that would most efficiently allow you to fulfill your potential.

The idea of free will comes into play here . . . and because of it, nothing is set in stone. The future is being shaped on a moment-to-moment basis by the thoughts, feelings, decisions and actions of “now.” That’s why the inter-dimensional map has no use for all the step-by-step linear details. They are extraneous. Future potentials change on a moment-to-moment basis as a result of what we are doing now.

The inter-dimensional traveler doesn’t bother with timelines either, because by definition, his attention is focused beyond the constraints of time and space. Any objectives accompanied by a time-line could be limiting.

For instance, something could happen this afternoon that would appear to be a miracle from my limited viewpoint. Then what am I going to do? “I’m sorry Universe, but I’m not ready for this yet — this was not supposed to happen for another two months. Could you come back later?”

Perhaps the universe has a far grander potential for you to experience . . . beyond your wildest dreams . . . and all that’s keeping you from it is your own personally chosen, specific, linear goal attached to your arbitrary timeline.

The inter-dimensional traveler is led into areas beyond the reach of his imagination. His ever-changing map-of-the-moment leads him into situations, relationships, experiences, professions and spiritual realizations beyond the reach of his traditional goal-setting approach. Those linear goals may have looked like a good idea at the time, but from a broader perspective they could simply be time-burners and meandering detours to keep him off the super-highway of inter-dimensional personal development.

“I will practice, in the moment, the greatest divinity I can. I will be me, a different me than I was a moment ago, a higher-vibrating me, and in the process the doors will open that should open. In the process, without an earthly map, I’ll still be able to get information from my divine map when I stand in the place where I need the information to be given. Turn right. Turn left. That’s what my map does. It works when I need discernment and intuition. The only assumption that I’ll make is that I AM a blessed piece of divinity that creates whatever I need as I go. This will lead me to the perfect place.” — Lifting the Veil: The New Energy Apocalypse (Kryon) – by Lee Carroll.

A Balanced Approach

The moment-to-moment modus operundi of the inter-dimensional traveler is clearly not for everyone. Neither is the step-by-step, linear goal-oriented approach suitable for everyone. Some may be able to polarize completely one way or the other and as a result, manifest the bottom line — a happy life.

For most of us though, it’s somewhere in between. There are many powerful tools available to those of us interested in personal development, and how we relate to goal-setting and surrender is a major contributor to how our lives unfold.

Knowledge is Power

The way I integrate these ideas into my life is one of compromise and balance. First, I am grateful for knowing the options. Ideas are powerful and I am not afraid to consider any viewpoint, belief system, or way of life that has the capacity to maximize potential and allow ever-increasing happiness.

I remind myself that I do not know everything, so it would be folly to act as if I did by structuring all the details of my life into the straight-jacket of a strict goal and timeline model. Therefore, for me, a lifestyle hitched firmly to the wagon of linear goals feels too limiting.

When it comes to the grand ideas of inter-dimensional experience and enlightenment, I am realistic enough to realize that I am a mere babe in the woods . . . just learning but thriving on keeping an open mind to any ideas that may have the potential to enhance the quality of my life on all levels.

I love these expansive ideas that stretch me and allow me to grow in unforeseen ways. But, it doesn’t feel right to embrace the inter-dimensional path exclusively while turning my back on the linear tools in my personal growth tool-bag that I already know how to use. Therefore, for me, a lifestyle hitched to the star of inter-dimensional surrender seems like too much of a leap from where I am now.

I realize that this could change at any given moment . . . in fact, I would be surprised if it doesn’t continue changing and evolving on a moment-to-moment basis, just like everything else in life. There may come a time when I feel ready to trade all my linear goal-setting tools for just one inter-dimensional map of the moment. Or, maybe not.

This . . . or Better

So, I continue to explore. I try to imagine the grandest potentials, and then try to see even beyond that. I “let go and let God” whenever it feels right. And I set goals whenever that feels right.

Whenever I do set goals, I keep in mind the possibility of a much grander potential lurking just beyond the reach of my imagination. So, on every goal I set, I cover my bases by tagging this phrase onto the end of it . . . “this or better.” Like this . . .

Dear Universe,
Here’s my goal: Please bring me this . . . or better!
In gratitude,
Tupelo

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