If you’ve read any of my books, then you know that goal accomplishment goes more smoothly if you “see” what you want in your mind as though it’s already happened, “feel” it as though it is already true, and then move your feet until it happens. Right?
Well, what if you’ve done all that and it still didn’t work?
Let me add some insight to help you achieve your goal.
When it comes to little things (like getting the perfect parking spot at the grocery store, or locating a lost roll of packaging tape) simply seeing the success in my mind and feeling the gratitude I expect to feel when the goal is achieved is often all that seems to be required. The goal is accomplished with relatively little effort. I’ve been able to really develop my faith in the principles of prosperity through accomplishing trivial things such as these.
However, when I’m striving for something more significant, sometimes it’s much harder to sustain my faith. A half-hearted attempt to apply the principles of prosperity isn’t enough. It makes sense that the bigger the goal, the more focused I need to be.
For goals that make a positive difference in your life, or in the world at large, there will probably be more opposition to overcome than for trivial goals that affect very little. I don’t recall much opposition when I was trying to locate packaging tape, but I experienced quite a bit when I was trying to start a seminar business.
I don’t say this to scare anyone off from setting lofty goals. Set them anyway; it’s worth it! I just want to prepare you to tackle them in a way that will yield the success you seek. There is one element that has made all the difference for me, and it is NOT mentioned in The Jackrabbit Factor.
When I have only a general idea of what I want, it can take time (days, weeks, even months or years) to develop a real clear picture in my mind that includes detail. It’s really hard to “feel” it as though it is accomplished, when those details haven’t been decided. Sometimes I simply don’t know what I want the details to be, and that’s okay. So, I write as much as I can, and think on it often. As the details I do know become second-nature to me and I can recall them in my mind at the drop of a hat, I’m able to add a little more detail here and there.
Eventually, it becomes easier to “feel” it as though it has already been accomplished.
But sometimes “feeling it done” wasn’t what finally prepared me to receive it. It was something else. What I really needed was a different kind of feeling, one that I didn’t create.
Let me explain:
It has become increasingly important to me to know I’m not asking for something God wouldn’t think is best for me.
So, intellectually, I can do my best to figure out whether I think it would be what’s best, but before I can really put my whole heart into a goal, I need to know what God thinks. I want to know whether HE thinks it’s a wise thing for me to go after. Inevitably, there comes a time in my quest when I feel like I really need to get that figured out.
(I used to pursue anything I wanted – boldy and fearlessly – until I actually achieved some things that I regretted later. I’m telling you what, those experiences will change and humble you, and that’s a good thing.)
So as I ponder and pray, I will begin by addressing Him, and then I’ll really take the time to try to picture myself speaking with my Heavenly Father, as if He were in the room with me. I imagine Him as a glorious Father figure, not as something nebulous and vague. I take time to imagine what it would really feel like to be with Him, like a daughter returning home from a long and difficult journey. I express – and feel – my gratitude for all of His blessings.
Then I picture myself with the success I desire, just as I’ve been practicing all along, and I’ll express my desire for it, and ask if I have His approval. I live the success in my mind for a time.
I pay attention to my initial feelings – the ones that come too quickly to invent myself. If I feel at peace, or love, then that’s confirmation to me that He wants it for me too, and that it’s truly on its way, so long as I continue to believe.
If I feel scatterbrained and confused, then I may rephrase my request by saying, “would it be better that I pursue something else, instead?” and again, I pay attention to the immediate, first feelings I feel.
The initial feelings, like I said, come too fast to generate on my own, and sometimes only last a split second. It is in the next few seconds that we as humans tend to second-guess and over analyze, sometimes clouding the answer.
This process takes practice, and it requires trusting the initial feeling. Sometimes it will be a word or phrase that pops into my head, like “be still”. One time, it was simply that I sensed a smile. It was not what I expected, which helped me believe it wasn’t something I just made up myself.
These verses from Moroni 7 help me believe that He’s real, and is interested in guiding me:
12 Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually.
13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.
14 Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil.
With this in mind, when those feelings of peace and love come in response to a sincere question about choosing worthy goals, I know they can be trusted.
So from now on, when you hear me say that you have to “see” the goal and “feel it” – remember, “feeling” it may also refer to feeling a confirmation of God’s approval. Once you really know that God is on your side, and that He desires the goal for you as much (if not more so) than you desire it for yourself, your confidence will be stronger than ever. And, as you keep the memory of that confirmation forefront, you’ll be unstoppable.
Know that God lives and loves you more than you can comprehend. He is your true Father, and waits for you to give Him a chance to communicate with you. Know that He wants to be involved in your life, and He wants YOU to have all that you need for your complete mental, physical, and spiritual unfoldment. If you feel this is true, trust that feeling, and don’t second-guess it anymore.
For more on the relationship between God and the laws of success, read Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters – it’s my gift to you. Originally published December 14, 2006.
If you’d like to learn more about how to live by the rare kind of faith that causes things to happen, join me in my Mindset Fundamentals eCourse.