The Folly of Working Toward Goals
From the title alone regular readers might guess what I’m gonna say next, huh?
You probably think I’ll admonish the futility of “working” toward what we want; point out the ridiculousness of taking the “action” route to make things happen – versus enjoying our way there, or knowing that whatever feels good is the quickest ticket to success.
Which is definitely true. And that is my trademark message.
But that’s not what I wanted to remind us with this post.
This post is inspired by something Gregg Braden said in Spontaneous Healing of Belief (which is the foundation for my GoodVibe MasterMind Groups starting this week).
Braden quotes Neville saying we must “enter the image” of what we want and “think from it” rather than work towards it. Because if we’re working towards it, we’re outside of it.
We’re “on our way” to it, rather than in the experience of it now.
And those are two different vibrations.
Can you feel the difference?
For example, say I wanted to experience a dream come true romance. How I might feel as I met new people, posted profiles online, and looked for signs of my new guy – that would feel different than if I were in the throes of being in the presence of Mr. Right Here Right
The first feeling (for me) would be more “anticipatory,” more like holding my breath than what it would feel like if I were jumping in the car for our first road trip together or surprising him with his favorite coffee from Starbucks.
Very different vibes. One is “almost there” (or for some people, it’s more like “got a long way to go”) and the other is more like “ahhh, yes, this is it.”
Since we get what we vibrate, when we shoot for a goal and walk the path of progress to it, we’re not vibrating IT. We’re vibrating outside of it or “on our way” to it. That feels different than what we’d feel when we arrive.
Know what I mean?
Braden puts it this way: “There’s a subtle yet powerful difference between working toward a result and thinking & feeling from it.” (He advises we think & feel as if we had already achieved what we want.)
He continues: “When we place our focus on what our lives would be like if our dreams were already fulfilled, what we’re actually doing is creating the conditions within us that allow our fulfilled dream to surround us.”
When you truly understand the power of your conscious attention to rearrange the atoms of reality, this makes perfect sense!
So the key is to experience what we want as if it were already with us, already manifested. And that is different than “working towards it.”
19th century philospher William James says “if you want a quality or trait, act as if you already had it.” Neville says “make your future dream a present fact.”
Which is why it’s folly to work toward your goals.
Get yourself there first.
Be there, feel it now, do what feels good, and they’ll catch up with you.
They have to. It’s the Law of Attraction.