Goal Setting Works

So what's a goal setting page doing on a devotional site? Goal manifestation depends on belief as much as any spiritual or religious belief system.

The main difference is nobody has been killed for their particular beliefs about goal manifestation techniques as far as I know.

Goal setting is very effective and can dramatically change your life. The best book I've read about this important subject is The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield. Get that book and study it.

A saying is, "Be careful what you wish for because you might get it."

My primary personal goal of growing in spiritual understanding has led me to do what many would consider very irrational things.

Most of us tend to grow most when under stress and my erratic life has been very conducive to growing in spiritual understanding. 

I have also grown in compassion in a more meaningful way because of life experiences many would consider unfortunate.

Being intellectually compassionate while living in a relatively cloistered world is not the same as being compassionate towards society's outcasts whom one has gotten to know well.

Goal setting is a way for you to self-direct your life in material and non-material contexts and is worth doing.

How It's Believed Goal Setting Works

There is a lot of information about right and left brain function that's best left to brain scientists to describe. 

There is much we don't know and can only speculate about. The functionality of goal setting falls into the speculative category.

According to people who have given a great deal of thought to the subject, notably Napoleon Hill who interviewed thousands of high achievers, Claude Bristol, and many others, belief is most important.

Hill's famous quote "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe can be achieved" is often quoted and well-accepted.

So it seems that goal setting works because it is a function of both individual and collective belief.

How it works appears to be a coordinated collaboration between the right and left hemispheres of our brains.

Right brain directs or manifests our experiences. What we habitually think about with our left brain is what it manifests.

Right brain doesn't judge, because being non-dual, it cannot judge. That's how we manifest what we think we don't want.

According to left brain ego-mind thinking, the process could be that right brain filters out input that does not conform with achieving our intended goals and we are inevitably led to manifesting our goals.

It could also be that our right brain is connected to Infinite Intelligence causing events to occur which lead us to the manifestation of our goals.

This last explanation reflects more of a right brain God-Self viewpoint and is what the law of attraction is all about.

NLP and "Well-Formed Outcomes"

Neuro-linguistic programming uses an excellent nine-step process to clarify and optimize the likelihood you'll get what you really want. In NLP-speak goals become "well-formed outcomes."

  1. State the outcome in positive terms. This simply means you need to state what you want, not what you don't want.
  2. Ensure the outcome is within your control. This means you should set a goal that requires your actions to manifest it. The goal may involve many others, but primarily needs to depend upon your activities to make it happen.
  3. Be as specific as possible. Vague goals produce vague results. If you want to be wealthy for example you should set specific goals with specific numbers and also the action steps involved to achieve these outcomes. 
  4. Have a sensory-based evidence procedure. Ask yourself "How will I know I've achieved this outcome?" and include all your senses. What will you see, hear, feel, taste, or smell?
  5. Consider the context. Some goals may be too general and need to be more specific. For instance if you set a goal to be completely honest in all your dealings this may cause conflict with some people in your life. That may be okay if you are willing to pay that price.
  6. Have access to resources. This can be internal resources such as skill, knowledge and determination.
  7. Ensure the outcome preserves existing benefits. You may run into trouble achieving a goal that conflicts with existing perceived benefits. A common example is wanting to become wealthy while maintaining close associations or friendships with non-wealthy people. It's a fact that most people's income is an average of their 5 closest associates.
  8. Check that the outcome is ecologically sound. This only means "Are you willing to actually do what it takes?" Give the repercussions a lot of thought.
  9. Define the first step. This is critical. Every task requires a first step. Too much analysis here gets in the way. The ideal time to begin is now. There may be a better first step but action trumps analysis paralysis.

If you want more information about these steps, get it from a book on NLP. Teach Yourself NLP by Bavister and Vickers is very good, among many others.

For Best Results 

Write your goals down or post them on your computer and review them at least twice a day just after awakening and just before meditating, chanting, and/or sleeping.

Right brain is easier to access at these times.

Sharing your goals with supportive people is a very good practice. 

Be aware that some people in your life will not be supportive and will undermine you.

This is especially common with spouses.

You're welcome to download the lotus blossom picture below as a larger file, which is just under one megabyte. Click here to get it for your Self. May it facilitate you in your spiritual journey. Namaste.

Most believers need to believe their beliefs are the best or in some systems, the only beliefs which are "real."

None of the stuff we believe in is "real" in the ultimate sense.

The nondual entity called God and Its extensions are the only reality.

Everything we see and believe in is a representation, including defined representations of God..

All individual and collective representations of God and religious constructs are products of individual and collective belief.

Belief is a fundamental force.

Defining and sharing your beliefs here will broaden and deepen your beliefs and the beliefs of the people who read your submissions.

There is a growing percentage of the world's population that claims to be spiritual and not religious. This site is targeted particularly toward this particular group of believers. 

In the U.S.A. about 20% of the population claims to have no religion. These folks are referred to as the  "nones" which from my point of view is misleading.

Everyone has beliefs and values which determine their experiences. We should make an effort to channel the beliefs of the "nones" with a positive and unifying belief system that is all-inclusive.

Pantheism is not a new concept and the time has come to fully embrace it in all its ramifications.