Do you want to manifest something in your life such as better health, a new job, or more peace and joy? Do you have a personal or professional goal, dream, or project that feels overwhelming? Below are my 6 tips to create success.
1) Get Clear
Clear intentions provide a framework for you to set priorities, use your time wisely, and align yourself with the resources you need to manifest your goals. The process of setting and working towards your intentions declares to yourself, others, and the universe that you are serious about your dreams and goals. Please refer to “Intention Series: What is an Intention? Why are Intentions Important?”, “Intention Series: How to Create Powerful Intentions”, and “Intention Series: The Secret Sauce of Intentions”.
2) Choose Your Thoughts Well
Realize that your thoughts are a powerful component of current and future experiences. As shared in “Choose Your Thoughts Well”, thoughts tend to build upon each other. It is not likely that after having a thought like “this is not going well”, that you would have the thought “things are in harmony”. Thoughts, positive or negative, connect to each other like compartments of a train- they pull each other along in the same direction.
“Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.” Robert Collier (1885-1950)
3) Achievable Steps & Tracking
It is important to break down your overall goal into achievable steps. Definitely stretch yourself; however, unrealistic targets can do more harm than good. As shared in “Practice When it’s Easy”, the reason to Practice When it’s Easy is because you want to experience success. When you achieve a desired goal you feel energized, empowered and confident; this positive energy fuels your continued success. You define what success is for you and try to feel, to experience, success as often as you can. Infuse your life with change. Do little things like take a different route to work, go to a new restaurant, or take a hike on a new trail.
As shared in “Take a Hike…Really!”, considering that the physical, mental and emotional parts of yourself are connected, which of these three variables may be easier for you to change right now? Often, it is more straightforward to engage in physical activity than it is to change your feelings or your mental attitude.
What you measure is what you pay attention to. Consciously and gracefully track your progress to increase your level of personal responsibility and accountability, know when you need to course correct, and to provide opportunities to acknowledge yourself and build confidence. It is important not to judge yourself, to allow space to creatively achieve your milestones (for example, exercise 30 minutes a day versus run 3o minutes a day), and to be open to manifesting results beyond your original intention.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking you complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Support yourself, inwardly and outwardly, in ways that resonate with you. You might want to have a symbol or touchstone to remind you of your intention, join a group or take a class that can support you, listen to inspiring music or read inspiring books, ask for assistance and feedback from people you trust, or acknowledge yourself internally on a regular basis (positive self-talk). Another way to support yourself is to trust that the universe will provide for you.
5) Conscious Gratitude
Embrace an attitude of gratitude for all the conscious choices you make, for what you already have, and for future positive outcomes. Being in a state of gratitude is like a magnet for more positive life experiences. As shared in “The Unique Power of Gratitude”, studies show that people who have an attitude of gratitude have higher levels of well-being (physical and emotional), are happier, less stressed, more satisfied with their lives, have more effective coping skills, grow from difficult experiences, experience more successful outcomes, and even sleep better. Gratitude seems to be a uniquely powerful trait.
6) Repetition (the secret sauce)
In most cases, inner and outer goals involve changing a behavior or habit. For example, in support of an overall goal for better health you may want to establish a daily habit of being grateful. As shared in “2 Essential Guidelines to Create a New Habit”, some experts say that it takes between 21-45 days to change a habit; others say 30-45 days. I split the difference and suggest a 33-day process. Specifically, practice and experience the new habit for 33 consecutive days. If you miss a day, start the 33-day process again.
“Action is the real measure of intelligence.” Napoleon Hill (1883-19870)
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