“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.“
Goal Setting: What Is It Important?
In the past, for me the topic of setting goals often evoked an image of well-dressed people in an office environment, sitting around a table and discussing topics such as finance, business models, office planning etc. Something not very exciting to say the least, at least for me.
I thought that goal setting was something that did not have a place in my world. I was wrong.
Thankfully, one of the greatest use that one can do of YouTube is tapping into the knowledge and experience that many successful people have made available in the form of videos and audiobooks.
Again, we all want success in our lives, we are not talking about getting rich and buying expensive cars (by the way, to be clear, I find nothing wrong with it), here we are mainly talking about living an harmonious and joyFULL life, in which we are healthy, financially independent, and we are able to share these blessings with everybody else. Everybody can benefit from our success, if we want to.
Setting your life goals is one of the most life-changing thing you can do. During the process of goal setting you have to come clear to answer one of the most profound question: what do I want from my life?
Many are still underestimating the positive effect that goal setting can have. The simple reason for this is more often than not that they haven’t experienced first hand how it feels to define clearly what really drives them.
If done right, goal setting can easily motivate you to take massive action and to grow as a human being.
I am sure that you are really passionate about Reiki and have a sincere desire to help others improve the quality of their life. You have invested lots of energy and money so that you could get your training and experience in this amazing art of Reiki healing.
You can now use Reiki to improve all aspects of your life and the lives of many other people. I hope that this short post will inspire you to do your best and use Reiki’s full potential.
The Process of Goal Setting
A goal is a future achievement with a timely deadline you can work towards to. We can also define a goal as a thought with commitment to make it real.
A compelling goal is something that has a deeper meaning to you. It is the kind of goal that excites you, that lets you grow and the achievement is fulfilling and rewarding.
Questions you can ask are:
– Are my goals based in loving, life-enriching intentions?
– Will my goals help to improve my life and others?
– Do my goals match my life purpose?
Ask Reiki for guidance in setting goals and you will receive inspired ideas and thoughts.
Our inner state of being creates our reality in this world, and therefore lays the foundation for a life in which we thrive. In order to achieve a goal you need a clear and strong intention, focused on your goal.
When we work with Reiki, we connect to an unlimited supply of healing energy, guided by the highest Divine Love and Wisdom. Working with Reiki on a daily basis enables us to strengthen this connection, reinforcing our trust and faith in the Reiki energy that will help us with our healing work.
People who have clear written goals and who know exactly what they want to accomplish in each areas of their lives, achieve vastly more than people who are unsure or unclear about what they want.
1. Get in the flow (Ground, Center and Connect)
First you want to get into the right state to set compelling life goals for yourself. You must allow yourself to dream. There are no barriers.
Everything you manifest is the result of thoughts and emotions that you generate in your mind. Consequently is very important that you are very clear about the quality of thoughts and feelings that surround your goals.
You get in state, or get into the flow, when you are grounded, centered and properly connected to the Reiki source. Imagine that it is a bit like tuning into a different channel. This is what you are doing, you are raising your vibration and selecting your favourite channel. This requires a conscious effort.
Of course, this is a post about Reiki practitioners, however if you are not a Reiki practitioner you can still ground, center and connect to the energy of the Earth. When you are mindfully walking in nature, consciously wanting to connect with the energy of the earth, you are grounding yourself. You are centering your energy and bringing it in the here an now. You are connecting to the source of earth’s energy (instead of the source of Reiki – let’s say that you are just tuning into a different channel.)
We are immersed in the Reiki energy, but this energy flows through us when we make a conscious decision to receive it. It is the same with air, food and water, other energy sources available at the physical level: in order to use these energy vibrations, we must decide to open our mouth and drink, eat and breath fresh air.
Creating the right atmosphere does help to tune into the experience. Ideally you should have a quiet, comfortable and soothing environment in a designated room or area and find somewhere you will not be disturbed.
2. Bringing in High Vibrational Frequencies
As Reiki practitioners, we have tools available for bringing in new energy of a high vibrational frequency. Allow your choice to depend on your intuition at the time and always come from a place of love and compassion and act with a sense of respect.
Some powerful tools are:
– The Reiki symbols: flow Reiki into the space, each corner, the walls, floor and ceiling. Use every Reiki symbol that you feel guided to on as many times as it takes. You can draw the Power symbol clockwise to help stuck energy become unstuck, and use the Distance symbol to track down energies within a space.
– Sound: you can use toning, chanting, bells, chimes, gongs, drums, and most forms of musical instrument.
– Smells: you can smudge, use essential oils or quintessences. You can also burn sage, cedar, oils, frankincense or other resins and wood powders.
– Air and sunlight: open all doors and windows, create currents of fresh air and allow sunlight to cleanse the room.
– Colours: use coloured light or visualise colours and light, paint the walls or use colourful paintings and drapes.
– Aura Soma: is a combination of colours, smells and a few other things and there are several space clearing options within the range.
– Room sprays: are also very effective.
– Certain plants and crystals: spider plants are apparently very effective, and there are many different types of crystals that work extremely well.
3. Brainstorm Your Life Goals
Now begin thinking about what would really excites you.
Write down every goal you would like to accomplish in the next ten years. So don’t limit yourself here, get it all out onto the paper.
Decide exactly what you want. Decide what you want to achieve in your career, decide your ideal income, how much you want to earn next year, and the year after, decide on your desired lifestyle, what kind of a home you want to have, your level of health, your family situation, your weight and level of physical fitness, and your goals in any other area that is important to you.
I found that it works best if you choose important areas of your life to set life goals in, i.e. your body, mind, finances and things, relationships or spirit. Then write everything down that excites you and that you would like to achieve, to have, do or be.
Some ideas may be:
– Start your own company
– Find a mate
– Become a vegetarian
– Buy a new car or house
– Make a trip around the world or visit a certain place
– Earn a certain amount of money
– Start to meditate
– Lose weight to a certain number
– Start the exercise habit
– Find a new job
Different ways of describing the Law of Attraction
Let’s have a look at the following quotes:
“When we write down the goals on paper something amazing happens between your head and your hand, the act of writing actually programs these goals into your subconscious mind. They then begin to take on a power of their own, attracting people and possibilities into your life.”
“Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal. If a man is working toward a predetermined goal, and knows where he is going, that man is a success. If he is not doing that, he is a failure.“
“Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true.”
“Goals are like a magnet — they pull. And the stronger they are, the more purposeful they are, the bigger they are, the more unique they are, the stronger they pull.”
Do you find a common denominator in the above quotes?
“Nothing comes from without; all things come from within – from the subconscious”
― Neville Goddard
“The action of Mind (thought) plants that nucleus which, if allowed to grow undisturbed, will eventually attract to itself all the conditions necessary for its manifestation in outward visible form.“
“The law of attraction attracts to you everything you need, according to the nature of your thought life. Your environment and financial condition are the perfect reflection of your habitual thinking. Thought rules the world.”
In my opinion, Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy use a language that can be understood by the wider general public; the language used by Thomas Troward, Joseph Murphy, and Neville Goddard is more esoteric, and ofetn can only reach a smaller audience. Certain esoteric words can put people off, they switch off and lose interest.
Nevertheless, the message in the above quotes is the same:
Thought are things, and they are very real. They create our reality, and attract in it people, circumstances, events that resonate with the vibration of thoughts we are sending out”.
3. Set a deadline
After brainstorming for at least 5 minutes you now get your results in order. From all that you have written down in the area and time-frame, select the life goals that are most compelling to you.
Give them numbers from 1-10 where 10 is the most motivating, that means if you reach it you really made progress towards what you really want in life.
Your subconscious mind needs a clear, forcing system or specific time target to aim at. When you set guidelines, you activate special tools in your subconscious mind, you will feel more internally motivated to take those actions that are necessary to achieve your goal on schedule.
Brian Tracy says: “You will start to see possibilities all around you that would not have seen if you had not written your goals down”. I would interpret this quote as ‘Energy follows thoughts – you will start attracting into your reality synchronicities of the same frequency and vibration of your thought”.
It is important to add ‘feelings’ that go with your thoughts. For example, read my article on the power of gratitude journals.
For your 3 top life goals set deadlines to when you will achieve them. That means a specific date. This is important because it creates the tension that is necessary to give ourselves the message, that we are serious about our happiness. If you miss your deadline for any reason, set another deadline.
Make a list and write down every task you can think of that you will have to complete to achieve your goal.
As you think of new tasks and activities, add them to your list. Keep developing your list, until it is complete, until you can’t think of anything else that you cannot possible do.
5. Create an Action-Plan
Create an Action-Plan for your number 1 goal. An Action-Plan is a specific list of actions or tasks that will lead to your goal.
One of the most effective ways is to think from the end: you visualise your outcome as completed and think backward to where you are now.
What steps have you taken to get there? Write them down and bring them into a logical order.
If you have long-term goals, that process will include parts that are not completely clear and this is ok. Work on your Action-Plan if you make progress and get feedback. But put thinking and energy into it to the best possibly way. I found a pretty good tool in using flow-charts for action-plans, or software such as Trello.
Prioritise: What can I do first? What Can I do later? What is more important? What is less important?
“Once you have a goal, and a plan, you will have a blueprint for success” – Brian Tracy.
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements”.
– Napoleon Hill
“The idea is like a blueprint; it creates an image of the form, which then magnetizes and guides the physical energy to flow into that form, and eventually manifests it on the physical plane.”
– Shakti Gawain
Connecting the dots
What is a blueprint?
A blue print is what Thomas Troward called a mold made of mental matter:
“Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.” – Thomas Troward
In Reality Transurfing®, another model that tries to explain reality, a goal could be considered as a pendulum.
Can you see that they all talk about ‘the same stuff’?
7. Start now and take action on your plan
If you had difficulties with this little process, then maybe there are some things to consider to free your mind, so that you really become able to use the power of goal setting to the fullest.
Do something, do anything but whatever you do not delay and get started.
By all means identify the very first step to take. Now start with this first step from your Action-Plan. It is very important to do at least one step right now and start building momentum on your goal.
Do something every day that moves you towards your major goal. Take specific actions that move you in the direction of your most important goal, every day. By doing something every day, you develop the power of momentum.
The power of your wonderful imagination
If you expect to achieve your goals, if you expect to reach your potential, if you expect to have your dreams come true, you must become a master at visualisation.
Your brain has a network of neurons called the reticular activating system, which is basically a filter system, that allows certain information in your brain, and it blocks out other information.
All of this begins with visualisation.
Write down your goals, go through each one in your list, and do this visualisation exercise. This is absolutely based on science, so it needs to be done in a particular way, it is a two-step method.
If for example, your goal is to improve your self-worth, you to visualise what your life looks like and how you are going to feel about yourself when your self-worth has improved.
There are two things that you have to do when it comes to visualisation:-
Step 1 – close your eyes, and in your mind have a specific picture of what it looks like in your life when your self-worth has improved. See yourself speaking up at work, see yourself talking passionately about your business, see yourself leaving negative relationships, see yourself defining boundaries, see yourself going to the gym, see yourself eating healthy food and taking care of yourself.
Step 2 – When you start to visualise, consciously create the positive emotions that you would feel in those situations.
“I am going to feel happy”
“I am going to feel proud”
“I am going to stand taller”
“I am going to be so grateful that I made this change”
Mirror the specific picture that you create of yourself: there I am talking to my colleagues, there I am asking for a raise, there I am signing up another customer to my business, there I am developing my skills by taking part in a course. I feel so good about myself!
When you do that, here is what is actually happening in your brain: you are training your brain to have a totally different filter.
Your brain, my brain, it does not know the difference between something that happened to you and
the things you imagine that are happening to you.
Your brain does not know the difference between the bad things that actually happened to you, the real memories that you have, and an imagined memory that you are creating.
This is science.
Your brain will experience you visualising, you going to the gym, you visualising how happy you feel when you do, you visualising asking for that raise and you getting it, and how proud you are going to feel.
Your brain, when you visualise, it encodes it as a real memory. When this happens, it changes the filter system, the reticular activating system.
Research has found that the more you visualise things, the greater your confidence is going to be, the greater security you are going to have about it.
You can do this in the morning after waking up, visualise having a great day, visualise you are killing your panic, or giving a great speech and how proud you are going to be.
Studies have proven that simply visualising yourself doing things actually develops the skill and helps you improve the skills, just as if you were actually doing it! Therefore, there is proof based on research that visualisation helps you build skills.
The more you do this, the more you start to believe what you imagine. You are in fact reprogramming your brain. You are changing the network of neurons that acts as a filter.
The more you start believing in yourself, you start thinking and visualising doing things you want to achieve, the more confident you are going to become, the more skills that you are building, and you are actually going to do it!
Instead of looking for all the reasons for not speak up in a meeting, you are now going to speak up, you are going to look for opportunities, because you have changed the filter.
On day 1 of this exercise, you go through all the goals that you have set, and every single day, through the next 30 days, you are going to close your eyes and spend at least 30 seconds visualising what is looks like in your life when you have achieved your goals. How does it feel to achieve every single goal on your list?
How does it feel to go into your bank account and see that balance?
How does it feel to be able to take your family on holiday?
How does it feel to be able to write your own plays or put down payment for that house you have always dreamed of?
How does it feel to be able to have saved enough money so you can quit the job that you hate and launch your own business?
It feels great! That is how it feels.
So just savour that because what you are doing when you visualise, is you are reprogramming your reticular activating system, that system of neurons, that network that acts like a filter in your brain and it is spotting opportunity, is helping you to see evidence that you are confident, that you are capable, that you can do this.
Manifesting Your Goals Using A Reiki Crystal Grid
The Reiki Crystal Grid is a powerful configuration using eight crystals charged with Reiki energy so that they will continuously send Reiki to a goal written on a card.
Using your inner guidance, choose eight single terminated crystals for the outer part of the grid, and one for the centre of the grid. The central crystal of the grid can be single/double terminated, a crystal pyramid, a crystal ball or a crystal cluster.
Arrange the outer six crystals in a hexagram about eight to twelve inches across with the points toward the centre. Place the central crystal in the middle (You could place your grid on a piece of wooden board or strong card so that you can move it around if you need to).
Write your goal on a card, repeat it 3 times and be very specific. For example: “I have a successful Reiki business, I see 10 or more clients a week”. Draw all your Reiki symbols in the card.
Place the card between your hands and send Reiki to your goal, intending that the Reiki empowers and manifests your goal. Draw all your symbols in the air over the card (or simply use Reiki by itself if you have only taken Reiki level 1 training).
Place the card under the central crystal in the middle of the grid. Empower your grid by drawing the Holy Fire Reiki Master Symbol (if you are a Reiki Master) or the Distance symbol over the grid, followed by any other symbol you are guided to use.
As you send Reiki, repeat the affirmation and visualise yourself as if what you are asking has already happened.
Giancarlo Serra is a Reiki Master Teacher, Hypnotherapist and Past Life & Regression Therapist. He runs Usui/Tibetan and Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki courses, and offers online consultations. Read more.