The Art of Conscious Living

Where are you heading?  Do you feel fully capable and like you’re on the path you want to be?  If so, keep chugging.  If not, read on.


The first part of any patient intake I do is setting goals.  Not so traditional but in my opinion, highly necessary.  Why?  If this step is skipped we risk staying on the same page because we don’t have an end destination in mind.  We don’t have an optional identity, one free of the labels of imbalance, disease, and regrets.  In setting goals we create a visual of what it is we are working toward.

It is not uncommon to feel set back or in a rut, to feel uncertain of what it is you would like to accomplish.  It is also not uncommon to feel unable to break out of a cycle.  There are some key components to setting goals which you can use to help yourself in reaffirming or even rewriting your New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Recognize your power.  You are in control.  Though your environment, your past, and those around you can influence you, you ultimately make the decision of how you are going to react.  Knowing this, the field becomes wide open.  You can hit the ball in any direction you choose.
  2. What’s the big picture?  Who would you like to be?  How would you like to define your character?  Where would you like to be in six months?  A year?  Five years?  Don’t stop at the bare minimum or 50% quality of living.  You’re a superhero, in all your flaws and imperfections you possess incredible depths of growth and potential.
  3. Start step by step.  Now that you have your end goals mapped out, set those monthly goals and those weekly goals.  Break it down step by step and problem solve.  How are you going to get there?  What challenges need to be faced?  How can you live out your dedication to your character day by day?
  4. Keep it simple.  Be careful of not getting check-mark happy.  Are you staying effective?  Is that list consolidated and does each part have a purpose?  Make sure you’re not doing things just to do them but making each part count.
  5. Know how to prioritize.  This will vary individual to individual.  Prioritizing your self-set tasks allows you to stay focused and on target.
  6. Be patient with yourself.  Give yourself permission to be imperfect.  Didn’t finish a task?  Do you want to keep going with the task?  Make sure you are doing what you are doing because you want to, not because you feel like you should.

Live your choices.  Choose how you live.  Go for it!  What do you have to lose?