Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The End from the Beginning

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Today I had a thought. As we've just begun a new year, many bloggers are posting End of the Year summations, Words of the Year, and resolutions/goals/to-do/bucket lists.

I keep running into resolutions written in the "I will/I am going to" form. This year, I'm going to...

I know it took me a long time to realize that I was also setting my intentions in future tense (I will, I am going to). The problem with this is that it leaves the manifestation in the "somewhere, somehow, someday" of tomorrow. It's in front of us, but just out of reach.

The Law of Attraction—and the Bible, for that matter—teaches that intentions are best set in the present as if they have already happened—NOW. See the end from the beginning—visualize yourself just after the result has manifested, and experience what it is like to have it:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

—Mark 11:24 NIV

So I got to thinking, and I thought: Why not post the resolutions as if it's the END of 2010, and everything I wanted to say "I will" do, I've done, or it's happened?

Such as:

It's December 31, 2010, and I weigh 140 sleek, sculpted pounds. I feel better than I have in years. I've been working out regularly, and enjoying every minute of it.

I passed PNH Level Two FreeStyle in the spring, and my blue string arrived before my birthday. I rode in two Parelli clinics; went to the PNH Celebration in Columbus as my birthday gift to myself; finally got to attend a PNH Savvy Conference in October in Florida (!); and found a great deal on a gently used Parelli saddle that I could actually afford, AND I had the money for it!

I took several art classes and workshops, passed the GRE with an astoundingly good score, applied to several graduate schools, and got accepted into my three top choices, despite applying late! I'm now in grad school working on my MFA and loving every minute of it.

My old house sold right away, early in the year, and I got more for it than I was expecting. It was a smooth, easy transaction, and I'm relieved that it's behind me.

I've been selling so much yarn in my online store that I can barely keep up! Between that and a few other income-generating opportunities I've developed this past year, I'm surviving quite nicely and remain liberated by choice from the workforce....

And so on. So, how about it? How about we try writing our story backwards this year? Kind of like writing the Annual Christmas Brag Letter a year ahead of time.

It just might make a huge difference.



At 2:04 AM, January 16, 2010, Anonymous Robin said...

The power of positive thinking. Sounds good to me!

At 8:23 PM, January 19, 2010, Blogger Sheepish Annie said...

I love being able to say what I've done. I don't trust myself when I say what I'm going to do. I've learned the hard way that I have really good intentions but not much will to follow through.

Positive thinking...I think I like your way better!

At 1:41 AM, February 16, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that!

The Lord revealed another spiritual principle behind that last week ...
It is the principle of writing the vision for our lives that the Lord inspires through his word, based on:

Hab 2:2 ......... Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. KJV

The Lord reminded me that His angels can read and his angels can run. When we write and voice the vision, they are better able to help.

Heb 1:14 Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

This scripture makes it clear that the angels obey God's word. That's why we speak "voice" God's word to our circumstances. The angels carry out His word.

Ps 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.KJV

Blessings to you,

At 7:50 AM, August 21, 2010, Blogger Gotta Knit! said...

I know I'm commenting on an old post of yours but it spoke to me. That is a great idea to write the goals out as if they have already happening. It focuses your thoughts on the now and not stuck in the future. As soon as I switched to setting an intention of what I wanted out of my day each morning before walking into work, I saw a huge change in the quality of my day at work. Hope that long sentence made sense!


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