It will all be right in the end. If it is not all right – it is not the end! (from “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”)
It’s two months today since my father died and I have been reflecting on goals he set and how he was able to achieve them.
I have a clear memory of my Dad and I, horseriding along the river on our farm in the Natal Midlands of South Africa, many years ago. He looked at the neighbouring lands and told me that one day he would buy the farm next door and make his dairy farming enterprise bigger. He knew exactly what he was going to plant where – how he was going to fence the areas once he had joined the farms together.
It’s no wonder that he got his goal – that of purchasing the farm, and farming both farms successfully until he sold that farm to one of my brothers. We all learnt a lot from our Dad. When it comes to goal setting he had exactly what it took to set goals and reach them. By visualising exactly what he wanted, what he was going to do with it, what he would do where. As I rode along with him, in my imagination, I could picture everything he was sharing with me, I could hear the cows chewing their cud in the evening in the field, I could almost smell the sileage that was going to be made, I could feel the plowed soil under my feet.
When we set goals that we really want to achieve, we need to be very specific and involve all our senses. When our senses get involved and we get emotionally involved, it becomes real and with the natural laws that exist in the Universe, we are likely to end up with exactly what we asked for, or something better.
If you have a goal you’d like to have , create it in your mind through all of your senses. Bob Proctor suggests you write out your goal so you can make it clearer and more precise. Be specific as to the date on which you’d like to be enjoying the goal. Be specific as to how you know you will have achieved the goal, what tangible evidence will you have when you are number one in your field? What tangible evidence will you have when your relationships are exactly as you would like them to be?
At a workshop recently, a woman had a special place that she wanted to visit. She had the name of the place and wanted to go there because of what she’d been told about it. When I asked her when she would be going there, she didn’t know. So together we discussed which time of the year would be best to go there – she thought just after the Australian school holidays around the middle of the year – which would be August. As she thought about it, August in the very next year would be suitable. I then asked her what she would be seeing – she told me about the waterfall – the colours, the way it fell, the greenery around it.
“What will you be hearing,” I asked? “It is loud, the rushing of the water, but there is also a calmness in the cascadence”
“What might you be tasting?” – “mmm,” she said, “I’ll be sipping the cool water from the pool at the bottom, it’s cold, pure and fresh as only mountain streams can be. ”
We went through all her senses, some for a second or third time – she could feel the smooth pebbles around the pool, she could feel her feet getting awakened by the cold water as she stepped on the slippery rocks just under the surface. She could smell the musty smell of the undergrowth, combined with the fresh smell of the spray coming off the waterfall. The sky was a vivid turquoise with white fluffy clouds drifting casually out of view behind the pine trees in the distance. The presence of the ancient place was felt in her heart, the stillness and calm.
By the time we had expanded this picture, into full technicolour with all her senses, it became real – and I have no doubt at all, in August next year, that is exactly where she’ll be visiting. All the obstacles that are currently standing in her way will be overcome or disappear altogether.
Everything that we see, hear, smell, taste and touch is hardwired into our conscious mind – our thinking mind. What we see, hear, smell, taste and touch is largely influenced and screened, by our subconsious mind. The subconscious mind is where our paradigms or beliefs are based – formed largely under the age of 7. By involving all our senses we are sending a message to our sub-conscious mind to get us to the place where we want to be.
I would like to encourage you to use visualisation as a very essential step in your current goal-setting program – use every one of your senses to build a picture that has real meaning to you. Bob Proctor says “Your goal should scare and excite you!” – Make it big and make it beautiful! Set your goals in such a way that you’re going to achieve them!
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