I’m living proof. And no, despite what my husband would tell you about my witchy tendencies, it is NOT because I twitch my nose and poof things fall into place. And no, I don’t stand over a cauldron cackling as I toss in frog legs and mugwort… It is because I make a plan.
I do it every year. As the New Year approaches, I review last year’s business plan, see if I am on track for my intermediate and long term goals, and then make revisions as necessary. I wish I could say that from there I use the plan as a working document, but to be honest… I rarely look at it. Rather, it sits in a folder until this time of year, when it gets pulled out and I see how I’ve done and remind myself of what comes next.
To my surprise, EVERY…SINGLE…YEAR… despite my neglect, I almost always meet, come close to or exceed ALL my goals. If that’s not The Secret and the Law of Attraction at work, I don’t know what is.
Why do I think it’s successful? Well in the corporate world we are taught to write SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Sensitive) goals. Unlike my clients and students (and even other practitioners) whom I hear wish to attract “Abundance” or “Love,” I make all my goals SMART. Why? Because it works.
Because the goal of Abundance? Love? What the heck does that really mean? Sure the person seeking it might have a vague idea and for one person it could me having a million dollars. Whereas for another, they may consider themselves abundant with a healthy harvest of tomatoes. But if they don’t lay it out, how is the universe supposed to know?
Not only will the universe not know how to supply you with your desires, but if you aren’t specific how do you know when you’ve reached your goals? It’s like if you want to take a trip to Spain and you have no idea of what it will cost, how can you start putting money away, planning for it and know when you have enough to go? In a scenario like that, how much more likely are you to go out to dinner a few times a week and let’s say spend $50 (on the low end). If you knew what it would cost, would you be more likely to stay in and have a sandwich? How much sooner do you think you’d be able to reach your goal?
Of course, it’s also dangerous to go in the opposite direction. You can be so specific that it becomes unrealistic. For example, I knew a woman who, while hoping to manifest the man of her dreams, wrote out THREE PAGES (front and back) of specifications. It included items like, “Lots of hair on top. Little hair on the torso;” and “Aries or Taurus;” as well as “Owns a boat” and “Likes the color blue.” There were so many specifications that it narrowed the pool dramatically and would be like looking for a needle in the haystack. And yes, I am an advocate for being specific. But don’t go overboard! It is important to remember to be realistic so that it is attainable.
Now that we’ve talked about being Specific, Measureable, Attainable and Realistic… let’s talk about being Time Sensitive. To talk about this, let’s go back to the goal of having a million dollars. When and how do you want to have that million dollars? Do you want it annually? Because, a person that earns $30,000 a year after 33 years would have earned (hence have had) a million dollars. But, I doubt that’s what someone who dreams of a million dollars was thinking.
Keep those these things in mind, and the Law of Attraction works. It works for businesses. It works for individuals. It has worked for ME. Because of that, I’ll continue doing what I’m doing as I make my plan for next year. I’ll be thinking about how much income I’d like to have. And then think about what that would look like for number of readings, house parties, events and classes. Will I fret about that… no. But, I’ll be certain to tell the universe what I hope for.
I’ll also be thinking about how I would like to grow. This will be in both my business (I’m thinking about writing a book, maybe doing some events down in Florida and of course I’d LOVE to meet Oprah, Super Soul Sunday maybe!?!) and as an individual (I’d like to be a more supportive wife and mother, travel to India, enhance my physical mediumship abilities and exercise more). These growth goals may take a year, five or more! But, if I don’t put them out there, they will never happen.
Motivated yet? I hope so! I encourage you to think about these things as you start to plan for the New Year. Make your goals and write them down. But then go about your business and don’t fret about them. Let the universe do its job. You’ll be surprised what comes your way! I always am!