The Guide To Achieving Any Goal
I took a walk with a friend last week in the countryside.
He was determined to find asparagus which has just begun to sprout here in Puglia.
As we walked, he kept his eyes on the ground, I kept mine on the view, letting my face get some much needed sunshine.
He wasn’t discouraged at all when a woman walked passed us with a ton of asparagus, clearly she’d been up early searching.
Instead he saw that as a sign that we must be in the right place, a place ripe with possibility for asparagus.
I listened intently as he got all animated about what he was going to make when he found his asparagus, how many different dishes you can do with this one single ingredient and why asparagus is so good for us.
When he tried to rope me into finding it with him, I simply agreed.
What I noticed is that the more he looked in the direction of asparagus , the more he found it.
From under olive trees, to deep in the bushes, some even just stood up tall as if waiting for him to find them!
It got me thinking , this is so often how it works in life, getting what you want is about looking in the direction of it and when you do, you see more of it.
Yet often we make it so difficult.
We think there must be a “magic formula” to reaching our goal, that it couldn’t possibly be as simple as looking in the direction ,spotting opportunity, showing up where we’re guided to and taking the first steps.
As humans we innocently over think and then overcomplicate our ideas, making it all so effortful.
Worse still we listen to the outside world , telling us that to reach the goal we’ve got to change ourselves , our mindsets , behaviour, rather than listen and trust our own wisdom.
We’re inundated with a sea of conflicting information out there that constantly reinforces the idea that you and I couldn’t possibly know or hold the key to our own creations.
But what if reaching our goal really is as simple as looking more in the direction of it?
What I mean by that is simply having a bit of an idea of what you’d like to create , launch, leave or start and then waiting to see what comes to you to move towards that.
Maybe it’ll come to you to call someone , to read a book, take a class, have a shower, or in my friend’s case take a walk.
Who knows, what we can rely on here is that it will come to us what to do when we’re no longer lost in the noise.
You see there’s a wisdom within and around you that placed the goal in you and knows how to move you to it.
This wisdom, what we call the Principle of Mind in the Three Principles, is always working on our behalf.
It’s the same thing that turns acorns into oak trees and embryos into babies without you or I doing anything.
Whether we wake up one day and decide we want to make pasta with asparagus or we want to change careers or serve 10 new clients, wisdom has the “know how” .
Don’t forget it and happy goal reaching.
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