We continue with the exercises that will finalize our journey through Chapter Eight. First, Julia warns us that this task may be difficult, but we should do it anyway. I did not find it difficult, personally. I found it fun and exciting. So your mileage may vary!
It’s called Goal Search. If multiple dreams spring forth, do the exercises for each one. Your morning pages are a great place to explore this. Take lots of time. In my experience, this can be very, very powerful as an act of manifesting.
In fact, Julia writes, “The simple act of imagining a dream in concrete detail helps us to bring it into reality. Think of your goal search as a preliminary architect’s drawing for the life you would wish to have.”
Before you start, practice with the affirmations you chose yesterday!
1. Name your dream. That’s right. Write it down. “In a perfect world, I would secretly love to be a ____________.” (Again, you do not have to limit yourself to only one. List as many as you like, only please do work these steps for each).
2. Name one concrete goal that proves to yourself you’ve accomplished it. On our emotional compass, this goal signifies true north. Here’s an example. Two people may want to become an actress. But for one, getting written up in People magazine is the concrete proof that her goal has been achieved; fame and glamour are true north. For the other, getting a great review in a Broadway play is the Holy Grail of her arrival. Can you see how different their paths may be, then? One may find great fulfillment in soap operas, or popular movies. The other wants stage work and recognition from the critics. Yet on the surface, they both seem to want the same thing. So your “true north” needs to be authentic to your needs and very own wildest dreams.
3. In a perfect world, where would you like to be in five years, in relation to your dream and true north?
4. In the world you’re currently in, what action can you take, this year, to move you closer? (For those of us preparing to celebrate the magical New Year at Samhain, this could be in the form of a year and a day commitment).
5. What action can you take this month? This week? Today? How about a micromovement for right now?
6. Once you have all that, make a diagram, or a flow chart. At the top, name your dream. Under it, describe your true north. Add a role model or two. Now make an action plan. List it in chunks for five years, three years, one year. One month. One week. Make a list of micromovements. What can you do today? Right now? By the way, reading this blog is an action! See? It’s easy!
Our next exercise is tomorrow, so enjoy this one. It can yield real treasure, so I hope you can give it the time and focus it, and you, deserve.