Some of the best advice I got when I was twenty was to write out a plan for where I’d like to see myself in a year, five years, ten years, etc. I don’t think I even knew the word manifest at the time, but I liked the idea of scripting my future and I dug right in. A few things I’ve fallen short on, a few goals have changed, and a few things have gone above and beyond what I could ever imagine, but every day still revolves around aligning desire, intention, purpose, and fulfillment. Or what yogis refer to as…BHAVANA.
As a nomad, we are constantly having to choose if it’s time to move on, what we want to do, and where to go. It’s not so much as what we want to see as much as what’s the next purpose and desire.
- What are we trying to achieve?
- How do we want to feel?
- What can we learn and discover?
- How can we challenge ourselves and grow without putting too much pressure on our family?
In a previous blog Finding Your Bhavana: How To Create Desire When You Don’t Know What You Want, I gave nine tips for how to discover your purpose. In this blog, I want to give you the tools to manifest that purpose. Basically, to teach you how to act like you already live your purpose.
Act as if you already live your purpose.
Many of these tips might seem obvious, but stop and ask yourself if you actually do them on a daily basis. Our travel dreams became a reality by impletmenting these same principles on a regular basis. It works!
Have you ever heard the term, See it with your mind’s eye? That’s really the key step in achieving any goal, knowing exactly what that goal looks, smells, feels, and sounds like. Having all the details scripted out in your brain so you can implement the right actions. The clearer the picture you have of what you are trying to achieve, the easier it is to make choices that align with your purpose. When you learn to picture your success and base your actions around this success, you actively take the steps needed to turn those thoughts and desires into reality.
Now, once you can see it, you MUST not forget it. Maintaining that focus is what will set you up for success or failure. Whether you condition the mind to stay focused through meditation, yoga, or prayer, it’s important not to let discomfort or negativity create obstacles on your path to your goals. Meaning that just because it’s hard, takes too much time, requires organizational skills, hurt’s a little, or isn’t fun, shouldn’t give you a reason to abandon your goals and choose the easy path. The only way to grow, to change, to modify, to recreate yourself, is through focused intensity over time.
Sustaining your focus is often the biggest challenge so the more opportunities you create for deepening your focus, the easier it will be to sustain that focus. Personally, the more times a week I can step onto my yoga mat, slow down my breath, and quiet my mind, the better all the other aspects of my life fall into place. Instead of getting distracted, overwhelmed, and feeling helpless, I almost always step off my mat with more intention, more direction, and an even larger passion to pursue my goals.
Write a mission statement for yourself and tape it to your bathroom mirror so you can read every morning and night when you are brushing your teeth. In addition, put it in your smart phone as an alert that goes off once in the middle of the day. This will be your daily affirmation to help direct your actions and keep them in line with your desires and will be the driving force behind all your motivation and action. If it’s not something you really want or something you can see yourself achieving, then it won’t work.
Motivation is your reason behind action. It is your “WHY”. When you are clear and committed, you have a high level of motivation. How do you get more motivated? One way is to feel like you have a choice. Feeling boxed in is one of the hardest things for me. But when I feel like I have a choice, I am much more motivated to work towards something.
Happiness becomes a result of self mastery.
If you are having a problem figuring out your why, you have to make clearer choices and then make a stronger commitment to them. Happiness is a choice and being able to direct your mind to choices that serve you will heighten your motivation.
Add in a dash of Ambition
You will also need ambition to fuel your motivation. If you are ambitious, but not motivated, you probably don’t believe it can happen or that you are capable of making it happen. And you may be right. This is where goal alignment is so important. Matching your desires with your skills while improving your skills to match your desires.
For example, when I first wanted to write a book I had no idea where to begin. I started by writing notes and random paragraphs, but I didn’t have a clear idea of where I wanted to go with all of it. I had to improve my skill set, get more focused with my organization, and get disciplined in the amount of time and effort I was putting towards the big picture if I wanted my dream of being an author to be realized. It doesn’t matter the goal, whether it’s writing a book, weight loss, adventure, or a business, it all requires patience and persistence.
Attack it on all fronts
It takes time to improve the skill of fitness (being stronger and in better cardiovascular health), it takes discipline to eat the right foods, and it takes time to prepare food and workout (as well as nurture your mind), it takes time to plan travel, it takes preparation to adventure bigger… The key ingredients are visualization, focus, and effort.
- See it, believe it, think it, and do it over and over and over with a good attitude.
- Be as specific as possible and make sure your desires align with your passions, your talents, and your destiny.
- It should be what you were put on this earth to be doing.
- It should represent a culmination of your desires with your efforts.
- To help you maintain that focus, make sure your goal is something that you are excited about.
- You want it to be tangible (meaning it’s something, somewhere, or with someone).
- And you need to be able to measure it.
I think you are on the right path when you can’t exactly describe why you do it except for the fact that it makes you happy. It’s kinda like love. Sometimes you can’t define what it is that draws you to a certain person, you just know that they make you happy! And if most of the things you do each day make you really happy, congrats! Keep it up. Everyone deserves to live a life of fun, happiness, and fulfillment 🙂