“You must envision your world through the eyes of positivity and possibility. Once you do that, you open up a world of endless abundance.” Cara Alwill Leyba, Author of Girl Code
I’m currently sitting in my living room on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in a perfectly still state of reflection. It’s truly amazing what our minds can do when we tell it what to do instead of letting it float, wander, or drift on its own. Lately, I’ve been reading and learning about the power of manifestation, and the law of attraction. Basically, each thought that we have builds an energy flow within and around us, and similar energy is attracted to you – whether it’s good or bad. Gabrielle Bernstein, the author of the book, Spirit Junkie, wrote a great article for Huffington Post, “The Five Principles for Manifesting Your Desires,” and if this topic is something that sparks an interest in you, I recommend that you check it out (it’s been a great resource for me).
How does this connect with my goals? A couple months ago, I decided to try a new goal-setting process that focuses on three main goals per month: one goal each for mind, body, and spirit.
June Goals in Review
1. Adopt a mindset of excitement instead of overwhelm.
2. Attend group fitness classes at least 3 times a week.
3. Go on 1-2 friend dates.
The biggest accomplishment I made in June was to turn my feeling of overwhelm into feelings of excitement and possibility. How does one do that, exactly? It has everything to do with manifesting your desires (I found the HuffPost article that I referenced above because I was researching ways to change your feelings and stumbled on the article).
At the end of the day, your thoughts drive your emotions. What you think turns into how you feel. If you think that you’re lousy, then you’re going to feel bad about yourself – plain and simple. Similarly, if you think that you are capable and like a challenge, then you’re going to feel confident that you can accomplish whatever the task is at hand.
Not too long ago, I had heard a similar idea while listening to Episode #19
of Brooke Castillo’s podcast, the Life Coach School. During the episode, Brooke brings up a great point that many people believe that they don’t have a lot of control over WHAT they think, and in reality, people aren’t even aware of what they’re thinking and how it impacts their lives. Brooke asks everyone to take a step back and take a look at what is going on in your mind and WHY you think what you think, and questioning yourself – do you want to continue thinking how you’re currently thinking? She goes on to say that once you start eavesdropping on your mind, you realize that you aren’t your brain – you’re the person monitoring your brain. Too many times, people’s brains have been programmed inadvertently, without consciousness, not deliberately, and they haven’t been telling their mind what to do (their mind has been telling them what to do!). Being able to recognize thought patterns can help people understand and recognize WHY they act a certain way.
This is a very interesting topic to me, and I’m going to continue to explore manifestation – it really helped me change my mindset about feeling overwhelmed to excited, which was my most important goal of last month.
In regards to my body and spirit goals, I’ve been working out on the weekends, but the weeknights have been harder for me to workout because I’ve been preparing for the summer program that I’m currently leading. Figuring out the right balance during my busy season (now) with work-working out-blog-personal life is important to me, and it’s still a work in progress. On the bright side, I’m also happy to report that I did go on a couple girl friend dates and had a blast hanging out with some lady friends!
Now, what three goals are on my plate for July?
2. Drink 8 glasses or 64 oz. of water a day.
3. Create content for the new freebie library of MIM.
Being an expert in my professional life is important to me because I want to bring value to all the people that I work with. Last week, I led the first week of our eight-week summer program, and each day was a little easier with content, structure, and procedures – it’s like I’m teaching again! In addition, my water intake has been lower than normal because I have a new routine for the next 8 weeks and just found out where the water fountain was on Friday. My one s’well bottle per day wasn’t cutting it – I have to drink more water to function!
Finally, I’ve been busy creating some designs that I think/hope y’all will love for a new feature of MIM – a freebie library. I’m going to start with some printable mantras and wall art, and will eventually have other kinds of freebies on the blog, too. I am sooo excited for this to roll out – it makes my heart so happy to create.
Alright now, that’s what’s happening here in Making it Millennial land – what is your big goal right now? Share your current goals in the comments below (love hearing from you!).