Are You Limiting Yourself?
Have you ever wanted something and put real effort into getting it, only to end up disappointed because it didn’t quite work out the way you had hoped? If so, you’re not alone.
Many people focus their thoughts and efforts on one particular thing that they want and then lose sight of the bigger picture. They end up blinding themselves to all the good things that are actually happening in their lives because they can only see the one outcome that they initially imagined.
More times than not, things don’t always come in the exact form that we expect. Rather than giving in to disappointment, focus instead on the underlying importance of what you want–see the bigger picture. Be open to experiencing the miracles that come as the result of your efforts.
“In the measurement world, we set a goal and strive to achieve it. In the universe of possibility, we set the context and let life unfold.”
~ B. Zander, The Art of Possibility
Start creating big picture intentions instead of focusing on just one particular outcome.
The kind of intention we’re talking about expresses the values or quality of life you want to experience, while a specific outcome describes particular people, actions, and set time frames required to accomplish something.
As an example, an open intention might sound something like: “I intend to create a more peaceful, harmonious life.” This creates a bigger picture with many options for getting what you want. This can be much more satisfying than a specific outcome intention such as: “I’m going to find a new job by the end of the month.” With this intention you are limited to the options of finding a new job or being disappointed.
Once you have created your big picture intention, then it’s time to identify actions you can take that will support you in creating what you want.
This week… if you hear yourself saying “I want…” ask yourself the question: “Is this a big picture intention, or am I limiting myself?” and see what occurs to you.
Beth and Neill