It is my custom to, from time to time read through past entries in my diaries for previous years. It is a habit that helps me to see how far I have come and therefore gain a more clear perspective on my life. This morning I was looking through my dairy for the year 2007. I found an entry for 19th November 2007, in which I had listed five very definite goals that I wanted to achieve over a specific period of time. As I looked back, I realized that I have managed to attain 4 of the 5 goals listed. As for the one unattained aspiration, I abandoned it along the way.
What caught my attention when I was reading through this journal entry were the action steps listed; the specific things I planned to do to ensure the attainment of these goals. Of particular interest was the first action step I had written - "Every time I think about my goals I will be feeling the feelings of having already accomplished them until I achieve them." It is about this concept that I thought I should share with you today.
Some of the most hideous impediments to the achievement of many people's goals are the perceptions they have about the future from the standpoint of the present moment. I call them hideous because even the most "positive" thoughts you have about the future can be a hindrance to living the life of your dreams. You see, personal growth is more than positive thinking; it is about understanding the nature of life and the Justice that governs it. Don't be comfortable just because you are a positive thinker; you can miss it if you misdirect your "positive thoughts." Don't be the one to cry that "summer is over harvest is passed and we are not saved."
Even the most well meaning people miss it as regards to their outlook on the future. Have you ever asked yourself what the future really is? How do we enter into the future? When does it come? Is there a specific time when the "future" comes? Is it a discrete block of time? When and how does the future connect to the present? For me, these and many other questions remained unanswered until I saw the future for what it truly is - a mental construct; an idea about time.
The mistake that most people make when it comes to goal setting and achievement is that they project the attainment of their goals into "the future". This kind of mental disposition puts the attainment of your goals as always being in the future. Your success therefore ends up being only in one place - in the future! This is a recipe for a life of frustration.
This is where that "action plan" in my journal entry becomes cardinal. Every time you think about the things you want to see in your life, think about them with feelings of having already accomplished them. Never project your goals into the future; be excited about them; think about them as present moment realities; master the art of feelings of having already accomplished them. You will be surprised how you attract them to yourself if you persist in this discipline. "Whatsoever you desire, when you pray, believe that you have received it - then you will have whatsoever you will."
I always wondered why Jesus, when He walked the face of the earth used to say, "The time is coming and now is" - now I know; we don't wait for the future; we don't enter into the future; we create the future in the present moments of life. German born American social Philosopher and Psychoanalyst (1900-1980), Erich Fromm stated it so eloquently when he said, "As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in himself."
Never for a moment postpone your happiness into the future; you are taking it outside of yourself when you view it from that standpoint. Never postpone your success into the future; everything is in the present moment; everything is done in the present moment; everything is felt now. Whatever you want to achieve in your life, don't yield to feelings of present moment incapability; feel the feelings of having already achieved it. They day you master this art; you begin to live in the future now and in that moment you begin to attract the success that is truly yours.