Five Steps To Thinking Big And Achieving Your Goals This Year

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Inspiration: New Year Thoughts

A PERFECT NEW YEAR THOUGHT FOR US ALL

Yes, there will be more stress in the world, but you can’t fix it by living in panic. Don’t waste your precious mind, thoughts and emotions in anger or fear.

THIS YEAR THINK BIG

Blaine Watson, Ayruvedic Astrologer and Todd Smith, Photographer, both live in British Columbia. They stopped by yesterday to meet with Judy Berg. I was fortunate they chose to call me for a great conversation about steps to success and “Thinking Big”.

FIVE STEPS TO YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

Here are five steps to the best year of your life:

Do these five steps for 2009, and you will succeed. Please let us know your focus, and how much of it you achieve.

1. Only allow positive ideas into your head. Turn off the TV – all year.
2. Remember once again what you came here to do. Decide what is really important to you today, make sure it is life supporting, and hold it dearly in your heart.
3. Write it down.
4. Every night before your go to sleep, read it aloud and silently, then ask for help.
5. Read it again when you wake up, and read it it periodically during the day.

International financial adviser Gary Scott often extols Blaine’s advice, such as in his article, Biggest Profits Come From Deepest Thought.

You can see some of Todd’s wonderful photographs at http://www.toddsmithphotography.com.

Blaine sent a quote this morning that I hadn’t read for a few years. It’s from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the genius of consciousness who passed on last year. It provides a perfect New Year thought for us all. It’s particularly relevant for me, given the name of this blog.

A NEW YEARS THOUGHT FROM MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI

“This year think big. Think big.
Think of everything beautiful for you and your world.
Think of Heaven on Earth.
Think of the elimination of poverty for the world.
No longer should we be stuck with our little mind.
No longer should we use our nervous system for little problems.
We should use our nervous system for the revelations of the cosmic mind.
Our mind should no longer be restricted to narrow boundaries, particularly the boundaries of patriotism.
The world is a family.
We should have in our mind that ‘I own the universe’, and then the universe will own you.
We will become masters of natural law.”

Maharishi, December 31st, 1988

BE EXCELLENT
DAVID

David Vanamburg had the pleasure of hearing Maharishi’s insightful and inspirational talks on multiple occasions.

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9 Responses to “Five Steps To Thinking Big And Achieving Your Goals This Year”

  1. Todd Smith Says:

    Thanks, David. It was great to meet you yesterday. I hope this is a great big year for you!

    I'd add one thought to #1 (only allow positive thoughts into your head): if a negative thought makes it's way there, welcome it too, listen to its story and question it. Negative thoughts just want to be heard, but it doesn't mean that they are true.

    Thanks for mentioning my site here. Happy New Year!

  2. JudyBerg Says:

    This is such a good topic for a long discussion. With the popular awareness of the Law of Attraction, there has been such an emphasis on the "feel good" part of creating your reality.

    It is difficult at times, however, to explain the vital importance of negative thoughts and experiences. The problem with negative thought is when we become entrenched in them. They use us… rather than us using them.

    In my book, I encourage people to welcome the Dark Nights. They are there to show us how high we can fly. They are necessary to nudge us to move towards higher levels of consciousness. If it doesn't hurt enough, we often don't bother to make any adjustments. I know this to be true in my own life.

    The current economic crisis can be watched with a sense of dismay and fear…OR, it can be used to inspire us to create new systems, new businesses …new successes. My model for getting clarity on what we want in our lives begins with focusing on the negative…as it is from that negative that we are given the opportunities to seek clarity for what we really do want.

  3. David VanAmburg Says:

    Good points, Judy. There is a major difference between awareness, perceived reality and attention, and between attention and intention.

    1. Awareness: I must be aware of my environment and the events occuring around me, whether when entering the office, walking through a minefield, or deciding where to invest.

    To intentionally or unintentionally ignore my environment would be silly, or perhaps fatal.

    2. Perceived reality: With that input, it is my responsibility to assess what I am told or directly perceive, to evaluate the reality, and to compare my conclusions to my highest truth. Too often we accept someone else's reality as our own. ("I am a ____ because my parents were," or "They said it on the news, so it is true.")

    3. Attention: More people every day are realizing that the STORIES we allow into our heads define the thought tapes that play in the background of our minds. The programmer truth of GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) happens whenever we zone out with TV or movie violence and hatred. My body and my mind are my temple, my transceiver into this universe. I must continuously treat them with respect.

    3. Intention: My job is to focus on creating the world I want, whether in my personal life, business or community. So where and how I place my attention is critical. I can choose to be mired in a negative, fearful public "reality", or to clear my mind and create the world that I think is best and want.

    A simple tool: Here's an easy exercise to try. Find one negative that you keep returning to. ("Billy hates me.")

    Close your eyes, look up and to the left, and think that thought. Keep your eyes closed, look up and to the right, and think the opposite. ("Billy loves me.")

    Repeat this for 1-2 minutes. (Yes, your eyes may feel a bit strained from the physical exercise.)

    Relax and don't think for a minute, then go about your business. Repeat this a few times, depending on the intensity of the negative thought and emotion you are carrying.

    After 3 days, did it make a difference? Is the negative thought neutralized, and no longer repeating in your mind?

    You've just made room for one more positive focus in your attention. Go build the world you envision.

  4. David VanAmburg Says:

    Good points, Judy. There is a major difference between awareness, perceived reality, attention, and intention.

    1. Awareness: I must be aware of my environment and the events occuring around me, whether when entering the office, walking through a minefield, or deciding where to invest.

    To intentionally or unintentionally ignore my environment would be silly, or perhaps fatal.

    2. Perceived reality: With that input, it is my responsibility to assess what I am told or directly perceive, to evaluate the reality, and to compare my conclusions to my highest truth. Too often we accept someone else's reality as our own. ("I am a ____ because my parents were," or "They said it on the news, so it is true.")

    3. Attention: More people every day are realizing that the STORIES we allow into our heads define the thought tapes that play in the background of our minds. The programmer truth of GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) happens whenever we zone out with TV or movie violence and hatred. My body and my mind are my temple, my transceiver into this universe. I must continuously treat them with respect.

    4. Intention: My job is to focus on creating the world I want, whether in my personal life, business or community. So where and how I place my attention is critical. I can choose to be mired in a negative, fearful public "reality", or to clear my mind and create the world that I think is best and want.

    A SIMPLE TOOL: Here's an easy exercise to try. Find one negative that you keep returning to. ("Billy hates me.")

    Close your eyes, look up and to the left, and think that thought.

    Keep your eyes closed, look up and to the right, and think the opposite. ("Billy loves me.")

    Repeat this for 1-2 minutes. (Yes, your eyes may feel a bit strained from the physical exercise.)

    Relax and don't think for a minute, then go about your business. Repeat this a few times, depending on the intensity of the negative thought and emotion you are carrying.

    After 3 days, did it make a difference? Is the negative thought neutralized, and no longer repeating in your mind?

    You've just made room for one more positive focus in your attention. Go build the world you envision.

  5. Greg_Pashke Says:

    David:

    Some excellent points and tips for us to use. One working issue for me for 2009 will be keep the TV off a lot more. I know I can't (& don't want to) give it up completely. I will watch the football playoffs, the major golf tournaments and a few shows (24). But I can drastically free up some prime time for me to read more, listen to music or exercise more.

    Thanks for the reminder that we all have more control than we think we do.

  6. Greg_Pashke Says:

    David:

    I'll give the "eyes" exercise a try. I may have eye strain but it will be worth it to have a new technique.

  7. David VanAmburg Says:

    Excellent point, Todd, and most valuable for all of us during the chaos of the the coming year. Thanks.

  8. NickCorsi Says:

    I see some Napolean Hill in those suggestions…haha…good read…Happy New Year to all

  9. David VanAmburg Says:

    Hey, Nick, I see your name, but where's the photo of your cute mug?

    Yes, we owe a debt of gratitude to Napoleon Hill. For anyone who has not had the pleasure, his classic, Think and Grow Rich, written from his office in the White House during the last Great Depression, is still available, and probably the best bargain on the book racks.

    In fact this book deserves as post all by itself, particularly given the times we are in. I'll get one out soon.

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