Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Create Your Path


Image thanks to i.anton

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” 
Henry David Thoreau

We talked yesterday about finding and following your bliss, but the focus was a little more on the finding rather than the following, so, today we’re going to tackle that by analysing how you will reach your bliss; we are going to be creating your path.

Every destination has a path which leads to it, both literally and figuratively, and often our focus falls too heavily on the destination without really considering the path. This is a mistake. When we consider the path we need to take, we draw our destination nearer to us, and we find that the stepping stones get closer together and easier to tread.

Your path is yours to choose, regardless of your current job, friends, background... It is where you go from here that counts. Your path is your mission, it is made up of both your big goals and your little ones, it is the road to your bliss, and it is as much a physical action as it is a powerful thought action; you have to start actually moving somewhere, rather than just envisaging your destination.

How often does the space between your waking up and going to bed feel like it has really gotten you anywhere? Do you regularly feel like the day has truly been a step forward on your path? When you have a path you are truly conscious of, one that you have purposefully manifested rather than stumbled onto by chance, each day becomes a step on that path, not merely a haphazard passing of time.

Summary:

♥ When we consider our path, we draw our destination nearer
♥ Your path is as much physical action as it is thought action
♥ Make each day a step forward on your path

Homework:

♥ Work backwards to create your path.

Your homework today is to form a sort of mission statement but, as we have done a lot of work focusing on what we want, and because we want to avoid too much focus on simply our aspired to destination, there’s a twist.

Imagine you are 100 years old, reflecting back over the events of your life; put yourself in the position of your ultimate destination and look back at what got you there. What will you have achieved? But, more importantly, how did you achieve it? What were the steps you took? How did it come about? Consider the way you're moving forward now - following your current path, will you be sure to get to where you really want to be, or not?

Write your mission statement backwards, and write it from an eye of having achieved it, thus removing any dithering on potential failure; you’re there, you’ve had it. Begin with an affirmative statement, begin with the destination, and then track back to where you are now. For example, mine might be:

“I am a successful and acclaimed writer with a whole bookshelf of published work. I have many close personal friends, a large, wonderful family, and a beautiful estate home in the countryside of a warm corner of the world.”

You don’t have to track back your steps in order; think of the things you will have to do as they come to you and arrange them chronologically once you have them. Remember that you are the creator of your path, so if there's something your not happy about, it is yours to change. Most importantly, commit to visualising your path every day; really see it in its entirety, not just the destination; be conscious of it so that you are always moving forward and never sitting stagnantly.

3 comments:

Vanessa said...

I love this post! Awesome advice.

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

I'm doing this right now, it's amazing how the whole perspective of life changes when you imagine you are 100...

I just realise I could do this with clothes shopping: envision the end result, and buy the clothes I need to look like that. normally I do it the other way round: I buy stuff, and then try to figure out how to wear it.

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

"really see it in its entirety, not just the destination; be conscious of it so that you are always moving forward and never sitting stagnantly."

I need to write this where I can see it all the time.

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