“The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?” — Oprah
Do you get stressed and overwhelmed by goals that you lose sight of the big picture? It is common today. If so, the ‘Evolving Essences’ goal setting tool might bring you relief and clarity. It’s quite simple. Rather than focusing on the tasks and materials you need to reach a goal, you identity with what you can inwardly create – the inner qualities, states and essences.
We tend to be more motivated when there’s light at the end of the tunnel and a clear path to get there. A path that is not someone else’s, but yours. A goal that is not just one big step but a growth path that is bigger than the little irritants and distractions of life. A path that is about YOU and not others and things outside of your control.
Evolving Essences is a simple process that encourages more thinking, feeling, reflection and intuition. There is a meaningful movement, a progression, an empowering path, creative choices, insightful ideas along the way that opens up more doors.
It’s a dynamic attraction and creation process that is playing a bigger game than a goal fixed in stone we focus on. Some logical, disciplined personality styles love the fixation of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Action, Relevant, Time-oriented). But that doesn’t work for everyone. Instead bring into play higher guidance, creativity, imagination and a feeling sense instead of forced steps.
“Being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point — a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides.” — Thomas Crum
Evolving Essences came from one of my favourite journal writing tools “Where am I in the movement of …?”
This ‘evolving essences’ tool is a one-word planning progression that helps you keep your focus over the longer term, even through choppy unpredictable waters.
To use this tool, choose a focus for consideration. It can be a broad one like life, a relationship, career, health, money, spirituality, values, service, etc. It can be about an idea, concept, a specific problem or conflict, etc.
Ask “Where am I in the movement of …” and write down where you have been, where you are now and ultimate ideal you wish to experience. Allow the 3 perspectives – past, present and future – to sit in your consciousness. Trust your mind to make its inner connections. Write down stepping stones to get to your destination.
“I can change. I can live out my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.” — Stephen Covey
Here are some examples:
I was locked into a busy cycle. I knew I had to create some space which would bring some inner calmness so I could make better decisions around my business. So below are the big picture evolving essences that I allowed to evolve.
busyness > recommit > space > calmness > clarity > decision making > order > new ideas > new business
This process helped me grasp the essence of what I had to do, and saved me from getting overwhelmed by details. I have also used the following:
Overweight (220 pounds) > responsible eating (215 pounds) > disciplined exercise (210 pounds) > honour my temple (205 pounds) > vitality and flexibility (200 pounds) > self healing > healthy > longevity (195 pounds, my ideal weight)
Angry > impatient > controlling > trusting > accountable > responsible > humble > purposeful > service
TRY IT YOURSELF
Bring to mind a lofty goal or quality you aspire to and the stepping stones you have to take to reach your goal. As you do this there is more FLOW, creativity and a feel for your journey.
Bring to mind the essence of each of these steps. See how the inner essences evolve over time to bring your bigger picture to life. Create evolving essences that would lead you to unconditional love, integrity, truth, goodness, beauty, power, authenticity, etc.
“The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
This process helps us align and connect more with inner distinctions and perspectives. It helps broaden our understanding of the scope of what is or has been and what is possible.
Seeing your situation from this larger perspective can shift your consciousness, commitment level and ability to create. You always shift your consciousness when you integrate new relationships and perspectives into a higher, more inclusive concept.
TIPS – Make your essences only about YOU, not about others and forms. You are more in control of your inner being and thinking. Work in the realm of essences and let the universe sort out the HOW. Get the universe working for you.
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney
Experience and Enjoy your Evolving Essence journeys. Email me and let me know your experience.