This is the Best Thing You Will Do Today
I hate writing my goals. I have never felt like I was doing it right, and my Virgo brain gets all obsessive about whether I’m being too specific or too general, if I have too many goals are not enough, if I’m supposed to focus on something I really want right now, or how I want my life to be in the future.
I know deep down inside that if I’m not clear on what I’m asking for, I’m certainly not going to get it. And I know the point of goal-writing is to keep them forefront of mind and maintain focus...to come back to what you really want and avoid getting derailed by the distractions of daily life.
I’m happy to have found a way to accomplish all this in a way that works better for me, that makes me feel calm and centered, and allows my desires to evolve in a natural way. It’s quickly becoming my “go-to” activity for staying aligned and grounded while I manifest my ideal life.
Who Am I, What Do I Really Want, and What is My Intention for Today?
This is a quick practice that you can do morning, noon, and night, whether you are feeling excited and aligned, or overwhelmed and stressed. I promise you will feel more relaxed and rooted in your truth after doing this, and it doesn’t require any special preparation, environment, or a huge time commitment.
Just sit in a quiet place and close your eyes, and ask yourself Who Am I? Just embrace whatever comes up -- it might not be the same thing every day. My list is often like: I’m a mother and a wife, a sister, daughter, niece, and aunt. I’m an insightful, caring businesswoman, who’s learning and evolving every day, and helping others along the way.
Then ask: What Do I Really Want? Again, the answer might change from day to day, and the daily variations can really inform what’s going on with you at that moment. You might be surprised by what comes up. There are no rules to this, so just allow whatever comes to you to be the answer. It could be anything from professional success, wealth, a new spouse, to a nap or a chocolate milkshake. Just allow yourself to really get in touch with what you need or desire at that moment.
Finally, set your intention for the day. How do you want to feel? What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to do? It may be something like: I intend to feel calm and happy today, and navigate every situation with a peaceful heart. Or, I intend to complete my thesis today and finally return my mother’s phone call. Just allow whatever it is to be exactly right.
Answering these three questions, in this order, takes you from a big-picture view of your life, to your goals and desires, to the specific action or feelings you’d like to accomplish in the moment. What I love about it is that it allows your thoughts and feelings and desires to shift, while keeping you focused on where you want to go.
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily stuff of life, and start manifesting accidentally rather than intentionally. And it’s also super tempting to think that self-improvement has to be this big project that we have to make time for and schedule into our calendar.
If you do nothing else, I promise you that this daily exercise will have a profound effect on how you feel about yourself, and your clarity about your goals and desires. It will calm you down if you feel overwhelmed, it can motivate you if you feel stagnant, and it will center you if you’re having one of those days when life is kind of dragging you around by the ear and you barely had time to grab a shower, much less sit and meditate for 45 minutes.
I hope you find it as useful as I have. Email me and let me know how it goes for you!