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Shift your perspective and find your goals in the present moment

Change your attitude. Change your life. You are in the present. Your goals need to be in the present, too. How a subtle mental shift can transform your entire outlook on life! 🙂

I love iRest yoga nidra. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. A special form of meditation, iRest yoga nidra not only allows the body to relax, but it also helps you to examine and deal with your life and your deepest desires. (For serious.) You’d be amazed how much junk you hold onto in your body and your mind and, once you examine them, how liberating you feel.

Moreover, iRest yoga nidra takes you from the someday to the right now.

A step in the process of iRest yoga nidra is acknowledging your “heartfelt desire.” You silently state your motivation in coming to the practice that day and then you look towards your greater life motivation and goals. For example, it may be “I wish to be at peace with myself,” or  “I wish to live a pain-free life,” or “I wish to to be successful.” The list of potential goals and desires can be quite long and vary from person to person. In my post the “Opposite of Love is Fear” I discuss my goal of being more loving and helping to change the world through love.

What iRest asks us to do that DIRECTLY translates to all aspects of our life is to take away the “I wish” or “I am going” to before our goals and desires.  To replace that “going” with the PRESENT TENSE of “I am.”

For example from my iRest examples above:
I am peace.
I am free of pain.
I am successful.
I am love.

See the difference? How does this apply to ME outside of yoga nidra, you may ask?

Think of the common goals you hear people say (or you say):
Someday, I will run a marathon.
I wish I was healthier.
I would be happy if only I did xyz.
When I have the time to learn more, I am going to get my finances is order and pay off my student loans.
I wish I was insert career goal here.
I wish I could stop worrying and just let things happen.

Here’s what happens when you change those goals to the present tense:
I am a marathoner.
I am healthy.
I am happy.
I am capable of understanding my finances.
I am a insert career goal here.
I trust.

 Right, now free write a list of goals and desires you have for the future.

Seriously, grab a pen and WRITE DOWN at LEAST 10 things you want in your life. They can be big personal goals, or they can be small little things. There is NO wrong answer.

Got the list? Ready? GOOD!


Read over the present tense version.

How do you feel now?

Acknowledging that we are already what we want to be is the key to success. The key to happiness. The key to loving our lives and making the most of our time here on earth.

Instead of worrying. Instead of saying “someday” or “I wish” or “I am going to.” Make it NOW. Acknowledge ALL you have inside of you right now.

The future is now. You already have the tools inside of you to receive your greatest desires. You just need to acknowledge your own capabilities. You are all you need to be. 🙂

What do you think? Can changing your perspective change your ability to achieve your goals? What area in your life do you have trouble accepting? How can you make that goal in the present? Let me know in the comments below.


  • Terence Young

    April 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Wow!! I’m starting to realize we speak the same language Lora… 🙂 Excellent post. Taking your goals and writing them down in the present tense is a powerful, powerful exercise. It changes your vibration and how you feel about them as you read them. Thanks for the reminder!!

    Train Healthy Be Wealthy

  • Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre

    April 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    What a great post! I am all about positive energy and how we speak and this was such a great reminder!

  • Christine Anuszewski

    April 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This is a great reminder to live in the present! Thanks Lora!

  • www.mindysfitnessjourney.com

    April 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    YES! I needed to hear this today! xxoo Thanks!!

  • Very interesting perspective! I’ve honestly never tried an exercise like this before. It feels kinda weird to say “I am a half marathoner” when I struggle to push through a half mile walk right now. But if you think about it, I really am the same person that will cross the finish line someday, so I can see how it wouldn’t be a total lie to say that. Definitely interesting! This gives me something to think about. Thank you 🙂