Act, and God will act. —Joan of Arc
I believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power of manifestation. I believe in the power of positive thinking. Not only do I believe in these things, but I know these things. I have prayed, and manifested, and practiced positive thinking. Through these things, I have known joy, beauty, and light. They have allowed me to overcome depression; to lose seventy pounds; and to travel the long path from darkness to light.
Yet, even with all that these things can do, there is another tool that is infinitely greater—action.
An Unloaded Gun
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about goals. It is absolutely critical to sit down and pour your heart into your goals; to be honest with yourself about what you really want. To say: This is where I want to be in six months. This is where I want to be in one year. This is where I want to be in five years. To be incredibly specific: I want to have this amount of money in the bank. I want to be living in this place. I want to be doing this for a living. I want to be surrounded by these people. And so on…
The first step to getting what you want out of life is this: DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT. But, remember, goal-setting is only the first step.
Specific, measurable goals are wonderful, but goals alone are like an unloaded gun. They’re useless. The thing that gives a goal its power are the actions that follow it. Once you have set your goals, you must determine what—exactly—you will need to do to get there. What will you need to give up? How much blood, sweat, and tears will it take? How long will you need? How will your life have to change?
When you’ve answered these questions, you will be ready to set your goals aflame and to begin making miracles happen. You can draw yourself a map of action items. And from there, you can turn your dreams into reality.
My Book Launches
It has been a dream of mine, for as long as I can remember, to write a book. However, for too long I’ve allowed my anxieties about (not) getting published to get in my way. The crazy thing is that I already have two books ready to be shared with the world! All of the praying, manifesting, and positive thinking is not going to get my books into people’s hands. It is time for me to do something, to take action. This is why, I’ve decided that next month, I am going to start selling both of my books as e-books.
To show you what I mean by specific, measurable goals and detailed action mapping, here’s an example.
My Goal-setting and Action Mapping Process
- Sell 100 copies of my two books: A Taxonomy of Loss (a collection of poems) and Beat Your Depression and Overcome Your Anxiety (The Best of Evolution You 2009 – 2011).
- Raise between $600 and $900 through book sales by June 1, 2012.
Week of November 13 – 20: Make final revisions to Beat Your Depression…; create PDF version with illustrations of A Taxonomy of Loss; draft email to professional contacts asking for support of book launch; draft post announcing book launches;
create form for pre-registration
Friday November 25: Launch discount pre-sale (for pre-registered list only); *Psst: To get on the list now, click here!*; create draft of official launch post
December 1: Publish official launch post; open sales to the public
December 15: Create a “What I Learned” document about the entire process; create draft of “Big Push” post #2 for New Years Eve re-launch
December 31: Publish 2nd “Big Push” post, New Years Eve re-launch
Notice how both my goals and my action map are incredibly specific. Goals and action plans are like treasure maps. The more specific and clear you are, the easier it will be to get where you’re going.
Act, and God will act.
The quote featured at the top of this post is one of my favourites. It deeply inspires me. I hope that it inspires you, too. Now it’s your turn. What have you been putting off? Can you believe that this year will be ending in less than two months? I am not a fan of resolutions. Instead, I encourage you to start setting goals right now and then, to start making them happen. Don’t wait for the New Year hype. Act, now, and God will act.
What have you been secretly wishing and praying for? What has been getting in your way? Stop idly sitting around with your wishes, hopes, and prayers and take action! Today is the day to push all of the bullshit aside and make it happen.
In love & light,