Reaching your goals in a timely manner is most likely important to you. You want to achieve something and you want it to appear in your life by a certain time. (Usually that time is right now! or at least pretty soon!) Unfortunately, unless you follow this one critical element of goal setting, you are setting yourself up to continue struggling.
You see, there are basically two different ways of thinking about goal setting and manifesting your desires. The first is an inner approach to goal setting – these methods are usually all about aligning with your desires and then waiting for them to manifest or show up in your life. The second is the external method of goal setting – a much more clear-cut approach that involves linear thinking and taking specific action steps to produce specific results.
The good news is that both methods work, but neither method works for everyone all the time.
What does work all the time? Well, I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the only true way to guarantee your success at reaching your goals is to merge both the inner and outer methods into one inclusive method. You can’t really separate the inner you from the outer you anyway, so your best approach is always to work with your total self.
If we are, as so many of the great teachers say, spiritual beings having a physical experience, then it only makes sense that we should tap into as much of our internal strength and energy as possible. But at the same time, we are living in a physical reality, and in that reality, time is an important factor.
That’s why you have to approach the idea of reaching your goals from a perspective that includes both your inner and outer worlds. That means not only should you begin to set very real goals and create specific action steps that will move you in the direction of those things that you want, you should also look inside yourself and work on things like your beliefs, your self-talk, and your intentions.
If you are having a hard time reaching one of your goals, it might be because your efforts are focused too much on one side or the other. Are you are being too inner focused? Or too outer focused? Try to see where you have been placing your more of your attention lately. Have you been working hard on a lot of your ‘inner’ stuff? Or have you been driving yourself by being heavily invested in external goal setting?
Whichever method you have been favoring, try spending a little more of your energy working on the other side. I think you will discover that as you begin balancing your efforts between your inner and outer selves, reaching your goals becomes a little easier and a lot more enjoyable!