Thursday, 26 January 2012

Create Your Path


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 creating your path.

Every destination has a path which leads to it, both literally and figuratively. 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:

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?

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. 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.

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