If you’ve already started making resolutions for the New Year – STOP. Better yet, if you haven’t begun, don’t start – yet. Let’s think about it first. You need a strategy if you don’t want to be among the 92% who fail miserably to achieve them. (According to research by the University of Scranton, 40% of people make NY resolutions… and only 8% of them manage to keep them.)
Let me suggest a 9-point strategy that will optimize your chance of success:
1. Make a quick list of possible resolutions. Don’t do anything with them yet.
2. Get clear about the crucial differences between a vision, a goal and manifestation.
3. Decide which of those on your list fit which of the above.
4. Prioritize your list and then focus on one item. Create a vision and one or two goals.
5. Decide if you need to manifest something to support your vision.
6. Build in the possibility of short-term, incremental success to keep you motivated.
7. Spread the work involved in achieving them over time.
8. Use all three aspects of your psyche – mental, emotional and spiritual intelligence.
9. Use worksheets appropriate to your intentions.
Vision, Goals, and Manifestation
Ask most people to explain their vision and they invariably give you a goal. Most corporate vision statements are goals. So what is the difference?
A goal is future-oriented and set in time. It is measurable, highly specific and objective. It is Yang (masculine) energy. It’s about making things happen, controlling the outcome and being active. A goal should be achievable, realistic and structured so you know when and if it is achieved or not. If not achieved, you need to love yourself for failing and then set another goal.
A vision is neither time-specific nor measurable. It exists now within you and you will have it as your guide forever, or at least for as long as you remain passionate about it and supports your purpose. It is what gives you your inspiration and the juice to go on to set the goals that will support your vision. Your vision is your source of fulfillment. It is Yin (feminine) spiritual energy so it is receptive and naturally attracts whatever supports your vision. It is bigger than you, gives meaning to your life and draws you to it. It requires you to open to receive what the Universe wants to give you, which is support for your vision.
Manifestation is neither a vision nor a goal. You can only manifest what is capable of being made manifest (real). In other words you can only manifest what is concrete, tangible and what you will recognize ‘out there’ when it shows up in your world. When people fill in the Radical Manifestation worksheet, it amazes me how many people still put something in the box to manifest that is really a goal.
Manifestation occurs as a result of activating the Law of Attraction, and this is best done by using a Radical Manifestation worksheet. The worksheet, rather than trying to change your subconscious mind, it uses your Spiritual Intelligence instead. But for this, the worksheet is essential. You can download a Radical Manifestation worksheet from at Colin’s Cafe. Registration is required by clicking here.
In the New Year I will be doing a webinar on “How to Manifest Your Perfect Mate.” I think you will find that these distinctions will become clearer during that session. So even if this is not on your own resolution radar, do look in so you get the examples of how a vision leads to the creation of specific goals. I will let you know the date of the webinar in the next week or so. In the meantime, go over your list of possible resolutions and see if you can decide which are visions, which are goals and which are things to be manifested. Then you will be able to build a resolution that has real power.