Clarifying your Goals
Most people claim that they wish they had the life that they wanted to live, but when asked what that is, are at loss to explain. While you may be aware of what might be causing dissatisfaction, or making you unhappy in life, you may not be able to pin down the goals that you want to work with to make your ideal life a reality. This is where meditation can come in handy.
What does clarification of goals need?
Meditation can be a gateway to find and realize your true goals in life. Often, your mind acts like a trove of unwanted thoughts that sprout up when you are trying to make important decisions-one of it being goal setting. Meditation can help you get better thought clarity in such situations. It can help you look beyond the zillion thoughts running through your mind, so you can focus only on ones that help you set your goals, whether career or personal.
Even though you may have many unwanted thoughts running through your mind, you learn to filter only the essential thoughts through meditation. Also, you do not resist unwanted thoughts, but simply let them pass by, as if in a stream, saving the additional mental energy and disruptions from wrestling with those thoughts. Once you enter a calm frame of mind, it becomes easier to focus on your values and needs. This way, you are able to recognize what matters to you, which is based on a number of factors such as your perception, upbringing, cultural influences, personal experiences and others, to set your goals.
How to clarify your goals with meditation
Start by sitting down in a quiet and comfortable place. You can stay seated on the floor or a chair, as you please. Make sure to maintain a posture and rest your hands in a comfortable position. You can then slowly close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing patterns. Take a deep breath slowly through the nose and then exhale through the mouth. Once you get accustomed to this rhythm, draw your focus to the nostril base. Continue this for the next 6-7 minutes.
It’s natural to have yours mind wander or your attention to be disrupted, but don’t be harsh on yourself when this happens. Simply draw your focus back to the breathing patterns, continuing to slowly breathe in and breathe out. You can extend the meditation period to about ten minutes in a couple of weeks, and twenty minutes, a couple more weeks after. Slowly, you’ll start to notice that your focus improves, and you are able to gain clarity of thought. You’ll be able to ask yourself questions that help you lock in on your true goals. What’s more, you can even use these techniques to fulfill your goals, in case you are not able to concentrate or condition your mind to achieve them. Some people even approach a facilitator to pick up meditation and seek help with goal clarification.
Also check out my free guided goals meditation.
In love and light,