This article will start a series of blog posts about the book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dream & Reaching Your Destiny, written by Robin Sharma. I loved the book, it is a quick read, it is also simple to read, but it is full of wisdom and practical tips to enlighten your life. In this article, we will look at setting goals, the monk way!
While it might be surprising, monks are aiming and working very consciously on their goals. It is a big part of the way to enlightenment! While monks goals and our goals might differ slightly, the method they use is working for us too. By reading the book, you will be surprised to see how closely monks’ goals can be from the ones from people living in the modern society!
Setting a goal, and achieving it, is a five steps process for the Sivana’s monks.
The first step is having a crystal clear vision of the outcome. For that visualisation can be used, or a vision board. It is crucial to see the goal with clarity. Eventually, seeing ourselves already achieving that goal.
The second step is creating positive pressure so that you can stay inspired and motivated. One common way to do that is sharing your goals with your family, partner, friends and colleagues. Sooner or later, they will ask you about the goal, and that is a strong push to keep your commitment. Another way is to have an accountability buddy to report too, often a friend, but it could be a loved one or even a coach. Daily or weekly, you must notify that person your progress. Some people also go further, they engaged themselves to do something they would dislike if they do not achieve their goals. Like giving money to the Political Party they do not like… That often a big enough motivation!
The third step is about time. A goal must have a deadline. A goal without a deadline is a goal we can procrastinate on for weeks, months or for a lifetime. Use time to put another gently positive pressure to support you achieving your goals!
The fourth step is writing down your goal in your Dream Book. The sage who thaught his wisdom to the main character of the book suggests having a Dream Book. It is a book that we should open every day, at least a few times a week. It is where we write our goals and their deadlines. It is allowing us to track our progress, reflect on it, and set the next goals.
Lastly, step five is the famous and ancestral Magic Rule of 21. Over their thousands of years of living as monks, monks found that you need 21 days to create a new habit. If your goal is to practice gratitude every day, it will be critical to make sure to practice it daily for the first 21 days. After that, as it will be a habit, it will be easier to keep going! Some days, it requires self-discipline! A good habit can be broken.
That rule is called Magic because on top of making it a habit of your new practice, it is the time it takes to usually reap great benefits for yourself already.
That five steps process have been used for thousands of years by thousands and thousands of monks to achieve the peaceful and prosperous life they live. It has been refined to near perfection.
Are you ready to set your new goals?
I wanted to revisit that part of the book for myself too, I have created my new routines follow a similar process, and when it is time for new goals, I also want to use that approach and see how it works for myself!
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