Setting goals can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, they give you direction and focus in your life. On the other, they suck valuable resources into an often endless cycle of thoughts, plans, and checklists. And since we donʼt know the future or even how we may want to act in the future, these plans constantly need revisions. Many times this turns into a spiral of incessant planning for the future and never paying attention to right now. This is a problem.

The now is all we have; even when we reach some future time/place it will be the now again when we get there. Because of that, if you want to get from “here” to “there” it can only be done through the now. How do you do this? You simply give all of your attention to right now, to the current step of your goal, and complete it with perfection.

Perhaps the biggest mistake when planning is to make a list of all the steps that will need to be taken in order to reach the end goal. This is foolish. It is sending a signal to the Universe that you know every contingency of the future, which you donʼt. Your place is not to control the process, you couldnʼt even do so if you tried.

Once you have a general idea of where you would like to be, it is your job to just take one step in faith, right now. Then, by forces beyond your control, another step will be made available, and another. Finally, you will be able to look back with awe at what has been created through you.

By focusing on your role of giving your attention to the current step, and allowing the Universe to focus on Itʼs role of bringing you the next step, you can accomplish your wildest dreams. And, you will have a lot more fun along the way.

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