01/05/2012 03:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Please Meditate: Goals and Gratitude (VIDEO)

There are mountains of evidence toward the effectiveness of setting goals, as well as using creative visualization when it comes to attaining goals. [1-9] There is also substantial evidence pointing specifically to the efficacy of writing down your goals. But the powerful alchemy of combining gratitude with goals seems to be the most effective of all. Eckhart Tolle, who rarely speaks of goal setting or gratitude, has touched upon using gratitude along with visualization to draw desired experiences into one's life. Of course, this method of goal setting was the main topic of the popular film The Secret.

Combining gratitude with goal setting seems to pave the way in consciousness toward the desired experience, often bringing to mind unrealized opportunities and avenues of accomplishment. Unexpected fortuitous events have also been reported (in my own personal experience, as well) as if one becomes magnetized toward the desired outcome. [10-12]

The method is simple: Bring to mind the experience that is desired, and feel it as if it is truly happening. As much as you are able -- and here is where a strong imagination plays a crucial role -- feel the experience to the last detail. For example, if you desire a boat, feel the steering wheel in your hands, feel the breeze against your cheeks, feel the water beneath you, smell the sea breeze and see every detail of the boat as you would like it. Next, feel gratitude for the entire experience as though it is happening right now. By having gratitude for the experience in the moment, it seems the experience is drawn into the moment.

Take action toward your goals when it's appropriate. This meditative practice merely paves the way, opening the door in your consciousness toward this new experience.

Have you heard the saying, "During the time of darkest night, act as if morning has already come"? It seems to be quite true. Open your mind to possibilities: This begins the opening of your life.

I would love to hear about your goal setting experiences in the comment section below. Has it worked for you in the past? How did you practice goal setting? What works and what doesn't?

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