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The Creative Power of “Why not?” Goal Setting for the Spiritually and Psychologically Savvy

Published on November 13, 2011 by   ·   No Comments


Why not?

Maybe, like me, you’re not in love with goal setting.

Perhaps you know that change is the only constant, so it seems short-sighted to assume that the goal you set today will be the one you want tomorrow.

And maybe acceptance is your middle name. You have no intention of setting a goal only to get into a tussle with the Universe when it doesn’t pan out.

Besides, you’re a Renaissance person. There’s something inherently limiting and soul-destroying about reducing your multi-faceted vision to a set of goals.


Should you stop creating just because you’re spiritually and psychologically savvy?

The power of “Why not?”
One of my teachers, Byron Katie, explains why she accepted Stephen Mitchell’s proposal this way.

“I thought about it, and I couldn’t see why not. So I said yes.”

At first that seemed pretty lame to me. And then I saw the freedom and beauty in it. Rather than cataloging reasons why and attaching to them, Katie looked to see if there was a reason why not. Not finding one, she went ahead.

“Why not?” came to represent for me the essence of choosing to create.

All things being equal, why not choose to create something extraordinary?

The ten year creative horizon
“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” ~ Anthony Robbins

I’m not a big Tony Robbins fan, and I don’t know about “mastering time,” but I am certain he’s right about what you can achieve in a decade. Providing you envision it and ask, “Why not?”

Envisioning an extraordinary life and business is about the act of creation, or co-creation, if you will. It’s not about achievement for the sake of the ego, but rather about creation for the delight of the soul.

And why the heck not?

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