The steps to achieving goals

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Each path we take is a choice and every path provides a lesson


  “Good judgment comes from experience and experience

     comes from bad judgment.” — The Old Farmer’s Almanac

For many years most everyone believed we are human beings having a spiritual experience, when in fact, we are actually spiritual beings having a “human” experience. Our souls one day decide to incarnate into a human bodies and here we are experiencing life from unique perspectives. The second a soul enters the human body, by its mere existence the body consumes space and a place in time.

Space and time are inseparable and we are all aware of the limitations we encounter each day due to these Universal forces. We can only occupy the space our body controls and we can not be in two places at the same time. Being bound by the Universal laws of space and time automatically creates an environment and reality in which you must make choices.

We have choices such as reading this book or watching TV or working or riding a bicycle. Although most of us may have mastered the art of multi-tasking, our true focus can only be on choice per moment. Therefore, to exist in human form inherently requires we make choices; hundreds of them every day. We decide when to eat, what to eat, where to eat or not to eat at all.

Further, the dynamics of time and space force us to make choices concerning everything around us. For example, everyone wants to own a home which of course takes up physical space on land. At the same time, we want to give room for animals to run freely in their native habitats. In some places due to the increasing human and animal population, we are already competing for the same space. This is not meant to be a commentary on how we treat animals. The finite amount of space on earth creates an issue we must address and consequently we are forced to make choices regarding the diminishing space.

If you solicit opinions and ideas on how to solve the problem, you will receive a wide variety of suggestions. Which solution is the “right” solution? One amazing aspect to the reality in which we live, is there are many working solutions. Unfortunately, getting everyone to agree on one solution is highly unlikely, yet many of the solutions will resolve the problem. There are numerous possible solutions and each solution may require with it many more choices.

We choose the path, yet if we avoid making a choice, then that in itself is a choice. 

In the end the process, and learning, comes down to choices. If you decide to journey from California to New York, your mode of travel could be by car, air, bicycle or your own two feet.  Further, your path and choices may not lead you in a straight line from the point of origination to your destination. Your choices and path may take you north into Canada or south to Mexico, before you reach your destination of New York. The choices you make create experiences for you to enjoy and use for learning. With all of these thoughts in mind, examine the dynamics of making our choices.

No matter which road is taken, the choice of solution becomes the experience, and that experience is the one from which by design is the best for us to learn, grow and obtain greater awareness and mindfulness. 

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Part 2: What is really involved in having a positive attitude?

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From the book, Beyond Intent: Crossing the Threshold to Your Dreams

In the last newsletter we addressed that there are 10 essential components involved in having a positive attitude and 2 of them were discussed in detail. In this newsletter we address components 3 and 4.

3.  Possessing the will and courage to address our fears.

Facing our fears is often our greatest challenge.  By creating negative images and scary scenarios, our minds keep us focused on fear and what we can’t achieve.  In doing so, our minds create mountains that we believe are impossible to climb.  Yet when we actually turn and face our fear, we discover that the challenge was much less than we anticipated.  Those overwhelming mind-created images of how difficult and emotionally challenging the task would be melt away to nothing once we move through our fear.

We have all faced our fears at some point in our life. It may have been the first day at a new school, that key interview that landed our first job, taking a chance on saying hello that started a wonderful relationship, trying our hand at a hobby, or simply daring to try something new no matter how small it may have seemed at the time.  All of these steps took courage.

Facing our fears is the most difficult of all the challenges we face.  And straight up, it takes guts to face our fears. I left the corporate world behind to pursue a career in speaking and people development.  Although I have a significant amount of experience in those areas, establishing and maintaining a business is a major challenge.

In addition, the easy thing to do would have been to land another position similar to the one I left.  Being employed in a similar position was the safe thing, and in many ways the more practical thing to do.  But my desire and passion could be satisfied only by doing what I believed I had been trained to do over a lifetime.

Of course at times I questioned my sanity, as I allowed myself to feel my human emotions of fear.  But for me not to speak and teach was like asking a fish not to swim.  That is how I felt. Recognizing my fear, I daily set it aside, and moved with enjoyment and passion for my work, on a journey for which I had prepared for a long time.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. ~ Neale Donald Walsch

When we face our fear we are pushing past what we believe we know and are moving into the unknown, out of our comfort zone.  The nuance again is that in facing our fear, we are signaling to the Universe that we are leaving our comfort zone behind and pushing through, to experience something new and wonderful.

Responding to our action of pushing past fear, the Universe assists us by delivering a door for us to open.  On the other side of that door lies the path of a new journey for us to explore.  The act of facing our fear demonstrates a positive attitude; we show that we believe that additional abundance awaits us on the other side of the door.

4.  Believing God wants you to have abundance.

At times we are led to believe that wealth is only for a chosen few.  Yes, the wealthy will tell you their formula for success, implying it required effort and patience and perseverance.  But most wealthy people believe everyone can have wealth.

Having a positive attitude includes believing wealth and abundance are within our reach.  And by the way, abundance includes more than money. Abundance includes knowledge, the quality of relationships, health, and a feeling of inner peace.

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.  ~ William James

To achieve our goals implies that we believe God wants us to succeed and obtain abundance.  God desires that we are able to experience the joy that is acquired by having abundance.  At times we will incur setbacks on our path to obtaining our desires.  We must not perceive these setbacks as God attempting to prevent us from happiness. Rather, by embracing these challenges, we increase our knowledge and ability to ultimately reach our goals and realize abundance.

Many people believe that God has decided that only a relatively small percentage of people will achieve abundance and wealth.  Further, these people also believe God has predetermined which select few people will achieve this wealth.  It is imperative that we change this belief.  God wants everyone to receive and enjoy as much abundance as possible.  We are at our best when we can experience and create the total richness of life in every way.

We impact our world and the now 7 billion people living on it by sharing what we have to give.  The greater abundance in all areas provides us with a variety of options to positively impact the lives of those around the world.  Expect to obtain abundance. Expect that abundance in all forms is our birthright here on Earth.

Abundance of knowledge, wealth, and love are all to be shared.  The beauty is that we share this great abundance in our own unique method.  You may want to share your knowledge of construction or gardening or music.  Michelle and I donate to animal shelters.  In addition, we provide our business knowledge to a non-profit organization helping women overcome substance abuse.  The fun of having abundance is the ability to share it in your own style.  The key to having a positive attitude is in believing that we all can obtain abundance, and enjoying the process.

—   This exerpt from the book Beyond Intent: Crossing the Threshold to Your Dreams
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