“If you feel that your dreams aren’t coming true, you might think that you need to do more, or to think and strategize more. In fact, what you might need is less—less noise coming to you from both inside and outside—so that you have the space for your heart’s truest intention to germinate and flourish.” Thich Nhat Hanh, in ”Silence”.
In life, it’s far more productive to have self-goals, rather than fully focusing on external material oriented goals. Of course, we are all conditioned to compete and succeed in life. However, what we lose along the way is a deeper connection to who we are in life. Thus, through this loss of accessing a higher percentage of our innate potential, we become shells based on our ego identity; constantly negotiating who we are with our reflection of the world around us.
People are becoming increasingly ubiquitously conditioned into the narrow roles of who they are allowed to be as living beings. Almost everyone is living on the outside of their exterior at a skin-deep level of self-awareness and internal awareness is severely lacking.
What I found was that if you shift your motivation towards working on yourself, through getting to know what lies beneath the surface and what you really have a deep passion for. Accessing this innate sense of self is very powerful and inevitably will increase everyone’s level of focus and clarity in following external goals.
“Learn to discern if a given situation is one you should try to change or one you should accept.” Amma
I found that most of my self-goals centred on self acceptance and self value. As this awareness grew, I realized I had to make drastic changes in several of the external ‘friendships’ I was having. It was one of many steps I began to implement in my life, regarding the boundaries that emulated greater self respect and self value.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~ Jack Kornfield
In addition, I found that when your goals relate to only what you can do to change yourself, a lot can be done. This also allows you to be honest with yourself and really pinpoint the areas of your life that you need to enhance, as well as the areas that you need to let go of.
In terms of career focus, self-goals are about connecting to what you have always felt a deep interest or passion for in your life. Perhaps, you don’t need to make it your career, yet by increasing those activities into your day to day life, it can have a significantly more positive effect, than ignoring this inner energy.
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