Create A Vision That Satisfies Your Goals...And Keep It To Yourself!

Whenever you go out of doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, & fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, & put soul into every handclasp. Do not fear being misunderstood & do not waste a minute thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your mind what you would like to do; & then without veering off direction, you will move straight to the goal. Keep your mind on the great & splendid things you would like to do, & then, as the days go gliding by, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon the opportunities that are required for the fulfilment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the element it needs. Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, & the thought you hold is hourly transforming you into the particular individual… Thought is supreme. Preserve a right mental attitude — the attitude of courage, frankness, & good cheer. To think right is to create. All things come through desire & every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that on which our hearts are fixed. Whenever you go out of doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high. We are god in the chrysalis.
— Elbert Hubbard

The above essay first came to my attention whilst reading Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends And Influence People.

I read it almost daily to serve as a reminder to keep the bigger picture in mind. The bigger picture being your vision and ultimately where you would like to be. The purpose of goals in my opinion, is to satisfy that vision.

"Thought is supreme."

Indeed it is.

I often argue that goals are to be kept a secret. A monumental desire that lives deep within your soul is what should be your guidance; not the noise that is unjust opinions, negative self-talk and lack of patience (which often comes from blurting your every goal and ambition out into the world).

When I initially lost over 30 kg, I didn't tell a soul about what I wanted to achieve....to be honest, I didn't even know what I wanted to achieve -- all I knew was the simple fact that I was fat, unhappy and longed for change.

Funnily enough, I still had a strong vision in my head. A vision of health and happiness. It might not have been a specific goal, but it was real. I believe creating a vision that is tangible -- so real it serenades the five senses just thinking about it -- can be the most advantageous weapon in your arsenal.

I've changed my mindset recently about goals. I now try and construct goals that will take me one step closer to my vision. In the past, goals would be immeasurable constraints that didn't serve a vital role -- they were simply there to keep me busy.

This certainly isn't one of my regular posts and by no means do I think I have somehow found internal happiness and success which justifies the writing of this.. The last person I want to be known as is an arbitrary "self-help guru" that preaches without reason.

I have just found that keeping my vision close to my heart and creating goals that align with that vision has increased the quality of my life. I hope you look at your vision and goal creation with a renewed lens and mindset. 

Also...

Take a look at Debbie Millman's "Your Ten Year Plan For An Extraudanry Life" -- it's a profound affirmation technique.

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