After spending time in self-inquiry and “feeling your way into what matters most,” write down your (sacred) mission and goals.
- At this stage in the process, focus on your deepest or highest-level desires that you can access through meditation and embodied awareness.
- Avoid mistaking process or means (such as obtaining money, fame or position) for goals (live my dharma, travel the world, make a difference, etc).
Mission: My mission is to serve humanity by making wisdom teachings practical and accessible.
Goals: My goals are to grow spiritually and intellectually, to nurture loving relationships, to care for the Earth, and to teach yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
Another Approach: One-Word Visioning
- Choose a word that represents a quality you are proud of, “a word that embodies your journey to this moment.”
- Choose a word that symbolizes what you are currently working on, “a quality that you are reaching for right now.”
- Choose a word that invokes who you will become this year, “the quality that embodies your journey forward, the word for your future.”
- Pick a location that you will visit and/or that symbolizes the places you wish to journey this year.
- Choose an “activity that symbolizes the actions that you will take this year”
- Source: Meadow Devor, 10 Small Things for a Better 2016
Goals vs Means
Over the years I’ve come to stop believing in goal setting. Why? Because goal setting, or at least the way most of us are trained to do it, actually gets us to be obsessed about the how of attaining our goals, rather than the passion, the vision, and the beauty of the goal itself. In short, we get obsessed with the ‘means’, rather than the ‘end’. And this is why so many of us wake up one day, dreading going to work because we were forced to pick a career before we could legally buy a beer. – Vishen Lakhiani
Tap into Embodied Wisdom
Feel your way into what matters most. The body is a more reliable guide, when it comes to returning to your sacred values, than your mind. There will be a positive, energized feeling in your body as you connect to your sacred values. And while it will be a fresh, ever-new experience, it will be thoroughly familiar… As you return to the roots of your soul, be gentle. Open your arms, open your heart, and take in that which has been waiting for you in the depths of your being… You enter [into your sacred values] by being vulnerable, open, and receptive. Connect to your roots, to your sacred values, and then set your goals. – Eric Klein