Setting Up the Conditions for Success

The Interplay of Ability and Control: Setting Up the Conditions for Success

By George A. Boyd © 2020

Q: In our highly competitive and complex world, how do you achieve success? While I find I am quite effective in the areas I can control, there’s a lot that is out of my hands—so even if I am doing all the right things, success seems to evade me. Other people don’t seem to cooperate with my dreams of success!

A: Let’s break this down and examine the strategies through which you can create success, using internal and eternal efforts. First, we need to look at the interplay between ability and control.

The Four Scenarios of Human Functioning

Success is based on the interplay between your ability and control.

Ability is a measure of whether or not you have the knowledge and skills to perform the tasks required to reach your objective.

Control determines whether this is something you can do for yourself without involving other people, and your relative freedom of action in this interpersonal dynamic between you and the other actors.

We can visualize four scenarios for the interplay of ability and control:









Something you can do without a problem. You get expected and predictable results.

You pick up the newspaper on the lawn each morning.




You can set up the conditions for a successful outcome, but the outcome is based on the decisions of other people.

You have a sales conversation with a prospect, but they make the decision as to whether to buy your product or service.




You have the accountability and responsibility to do a task, but you lack the knowledge or skills to do the task.

You are asked to do an assignment at school to learn a skill you have never practiced, and you must study the lesson, and then take a test on your proficiency with the new skill. Alternately, you have been given an assignment from management in your company to meet an objective, and you don’t have the ability or knowledge—in this scenario, you might delegate the task to someone who has greater expertise than you to complete it.




You lack the ability to solve your problem or change your situation. You may feel your life is not under your control.

You are imprisoned in a jail. Alternately, you are a member of a totalistic group‐a gang, a cult, or a terrorist cell—and they control all aspects of your life, and there are dangerous consequences for trying to leave. Another example is you are seriously ill in a hospital, and you are too sick to leave—you are completely under the care of your attending medical staff.

So let’s tease out these four scenarios:

In scenario A, you can simply do what you want to do. So, when you want to go out to exercise—you just do it.

In scenario B, you have to change the dynamics of the situation, so others will consent to allow you to reach your objective. You commonly encounter this in a situation where you are trying to make a sale or you are negotiating with someone to obtain what you want.

In scenario C, you have to learn how to do the task or you need to delegate it. You run into these situations in school and at work.

In scenario D, you aren’t able to take action and you don’t control of the situation. If you’re in jail or a totalistic environment, you may look for a way to escape. If you’re sick in a hospital, you have to recover from your illness before the hospital will release you.

It is often in scenario B that you must struggle for success—as you must deal with other people’s desires and decisions. This is the scenario we are going to examine in greater depth in this article.

There are two approaches to dealing with scenario B situations:

  1. You change the situation internally through shifting your perspective how you view the situation, you ask for help, or your work on your internal issues that might be sabotaging your success.
  2. You find ways to work with the elements that aren’t in your control, and modify them, so you change the calculus of your success

Let’s look at these one at a time.

Internal Strategies

We can characterize seven major strategies for working on things you don’t control from the inside.

  1. Blame and shame – For many people, when they are in a situation of interpersonal challenge, they fall back upon blaming others, which leads to anger; or blaming themselves, which leads to shame and depression. When other people have controlled you in the past—e.g., parents, employers, teachers, police, or military officers—they may have blamed you or shamed you. You internalized this and it has become part of your own internal dialog. Other than evoking emotions in you, this strategy does not produce any forward progress towards resolving your problem.
  2. Constructive action – Here you use your intelligence to solve the issue and move ahead. You might do something else that you haven’t tried. Alternately, you might find a mentor, coach, or consultant, who has successfully dealt with this problem—and you can learn from them how to succeed in this situation. In this strategy, you believe your own efforts can produce change, and yield the results you want.
  3. Law of Attraction – In this strategy, you believe that the Law of Attraction is waiting to shower you with abundance and success. You only have to change you thinking and beliefs through visualization and affirmation, and you will succeed.
  4. Providence – When you work at this level, you pray to God, whom you believe is All-Powerful and able to intervene in your situation. You believe in faith that the Divine cares for you and wants you to overcome your challenge, and to be prosperous and successful. Those who follow the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—adopt this approach.
  5. Invocation – In this approach, you pray to a specific god or goddess that specializes in the issue with which you are struggling. If you have money problems, you would invoke the goddess Lakshmi.If you were trying to do well in school, you would call upon the goddess Saraswati. There are mantras and special worship ceremonies (pujas) that you can do, sometimes requiring the assistance of a priest, to persuade the god or goddess to apply his or her miraculous power on your behalf. This is a strategy that Hindus adopt.
  6. Earning merit – In this perspective, good outcomes are synonymous with reaping good karma. To earn merit and produce good karma, you would do good deeds and charity. For example, the Christian prosperity gospel believes, if you tithe one tenth of your income to the Church, God will reward you with financial blessings, wealth, and prosperity. Buddhists also use this strategy to do good deeds, and hope that the Law of Karma will reward them for their actions.
  7. Removing karma from the unconscious mind – In this method, you uproot the issues in your unconscious mind that sabotage your success and might be blocking your path to prosperity.

In scenario (2), you believe your own intelligent activity can create change. In scenarios (3) to (5), you believe an external Power can manifest what you desire. In scenarios (6) and (7), you believe your influence on the deepest levels of your mind can produce the results your want.

In scenario (2), you act within the social world around you to change the outcomes you are experiencing. In scenarios (3) though (7), you are dipping into your subjective world: you attempt to change the results you experience though evoking the powers of the Subconscious and Superconscious mind, or removing the factors in your unconscious mind that limit your success.

External strategies

Internal scenario (2) invites you to segue into external strategies, in which you attempt to solve the problem that is blocking your success through changing you interaction with others. Here are some of the external strategies that sales people and negotiators employ:

  1. The no-brainer deal – You make your offer so compelling that you customer cannot refuse what you are selling. You might have a remarkable low price compared to a customer’s perception of the true value of your product or service. You might add several bonuses to sweeten the deal.
  2. Win through intimidation – Here, you coerce, threaten lawsuits, or intimidate the individuals or companies that block your success to accede to your demands. In criminal enterprises, they may use extortion, threats of violence, or demand bribes to get what they want, or compel you to act in accordance with their wishes. In this external scenario, you attempt to force your competitor or adversary to back down.
  3. Run the script – Those who begin their career in sales are often presented with a script of what to say on their sales calls. This approach tries to identify and skillfully overcome your customer’s objections, so they will buy your product or service.
  4. Become a monopoly – If you are selling within an environment where there are many moving parts—marketers,lawyers, financial brokers, insurance agents, manufacturers, wholesalers, quality assurance inspectors, and shipping providers—to avoid having one of the players in the matrix ruin the deal, you might acquire as many of the aspects of the transaction as you can, so your customers will only have to deal with you. You control the elements of the matrix, so nobody external to your company has any role with your customer.
  5. Make skillful chess moves – In this approach, you analyze the dynamics impacting your situation, and you perturb the system, so it shifts the advantage to you. You might do something unexpected or counter-intuitive that will make the other players in the situation have to react in new ways.
  6. Be the best – You provide such a markedly superior product or service that your customer has no other reasonable choice than to buy your product or service.
  7. Come in the back door – When you utilize this method, you work with your customer’s deepest desires, and you promise to fulfill them through your product or service. This acts like a hypnotic suggestion to directly influence your customers’ subconscious or unconscious mind, so they feel driven to work with you. This approach presumes that people don’t really make rational decisions; they make emotional decisions, and then rationalize them.

Applying Systemic Ju Jitsu

You would utilize external scenario (5), perturbing the system, when:

  • You can’t control all of the parts of the matrix, as in external scenario (4)
  • You have applied whatever sales strategies that you utilize in your company, external strategies (1), (3), (6), or (7) to get your customer interested
  • You have no reason to attempt to force your competitor to back down or there has  been legal malfeasance, as in external scenario (2)

Those who have made major changes in their industry have utilized perturbing the system. We see examples of this in our modern world:

  • Amazon has significantly impacted the sales of brick and mortar stores.
  • Google has eclipsed libraries, when it comes to searching for information.
  • Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing companies have cut into the business of taxis and shuttles.
  • Wikipedia has replaced the need for buying collections of encyclopedia books.

If you have done your sales and marketing and gotten your customer interested, but you have to deal with players who aren’t in your control—and who can ruin the deal—you may wish to consider how you might perturb the system. To tap this dimension, you could ask:

  • What is the choke point in this system? What can be done to release it?
  • How can you perturb this system, so you will shift the advantage to your team?
  • Who do you need to influence, so the system flows freely?
  • Who has influence over the other players in the system that could get them to fix what they are contributing to the stasis of the system?
  • What incremental changes in your approach might move the other players to come closer to your position?

Through applying the right combination of internal and external strategies, you can up your odds of creating successful outcomes. Reflect on these strategies, and consider what you could tweak to improve your results.

The Spectrum of Belief in Healing Systems

By George A. Boyd ©2015

Belief in healing systems ranges from total reliance on miraculous healing to repudiation of all healing systems. This scale is listed below:

  1. Belief in the miraculous power of God, angels, or reputed healers is complete; belief in self-efficacy is nil.
  2. There is strong belief in the miraculous power of God, angels, or reputed healers, but the individual begins to adopt some self-help measures, such as dietary changes, exercise, or use of herbal or homeopathic formulas.
  3. There is belief in the miraculous power of God, angels, or reputed healers, but the individual has greater confidence in the use of self-help measures, and uses them to augment prayer and healing sessions.
  4. There is belief in the miraculous power of God, angels, or reputed healers, but there is greater trust in scientific medicine, and the individual will consult allopathic practitioners.
  5. The miraculous power of God, angels, or reputed healers are seen to be based on wishful thinking, superstition, and fantasy, and the individual places his trust fully in allopathic medicine.
  6. The individual sees flaws in both miraculous healing and scientific medicine, and may explore cures from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or other alternative healing systems.
  7. The individual sees flaws and deficiencies in miraculous healing, scientific medicine, and alternative healing systems, and resolves to suffer and die, believing there is no hope and no cure.

People seek results from whatever healing system they embrace. Testimonials may lead them to investigate it; results will lead them to maintain their allegiance to that system of healing. When nothing works, people fall into hopelessness and despair (scenario 7).

Over time, individuals may shift their emphasis on this scale. They may predominately rely upon allopathic medicine (scenario 5), but then, when they cannot get healing for a particular condition, they might entertain faith and self-help measures (scenario 4), or go to practitioners of alternative healing systems (scenario 6).

Those that are members of a fundamentalist belief system may rely entirely upon the Divine healing power (scenario 1). For others, while religious faith plays a central role in their lives, there may be a folk medicine tradition associated with their religious group, and they may adopt different self-help measures to augment the healing power of faith and Divine Grace (scenario 2). Yet others may largely rely upon self-help measures, and go to healers or physicians only when they encounter a problem their methods cannot remedy (scenario 3).

We often tell aspirants that each problem has a unique solution, and it is a matter of finding which modality produces that solution. For some, miraculous healing will provide an answer. Others will find it in a variety of self-help measures. Some will receive their cures using modern allopathic medicine. Others will resolve their issues using clinical nutrition, chiropractic treatment, Chinese and Ayurveda methods, or other alternative treatments.

If one system is not working for you, be willing to explore other approaches. It may be that there is a solution to your problem. You just have to discover who is using this, and apply it.

Your beliefs condition what methods you are willing to try. As you receive results from these different modalities, you will see the efficacy of each to promote healing for certain conditions.

Concerning the Construction of Human Problems

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: Some philosophers say that problems only exist because we regard something as a problem. They argue that if we accept the condition or issue, it no longer constitutes a problem. What is your take on this?

A: There needs to be some objective criteria to decide whether something is a problem that must be addressed, or whether it is simply something we are inflating far beyond its true significance through worry. Here are some criteria that can be applied in your assessment of whether it genuinely is a problem:

  1. It is an event or condition that creates a stasis, where you cannot make progress, or it actually changes things for the worse.
  2. It is necessary for you to use your problem solving skills to understand the nature of the problem and to attempt to resolve it.
  3. It is an event or condition that evokes emotional distress of anxiety that motivates you to attempt to lower your distress or anxiety. It is not contingent upon what you worry might happen in your most catastrophic scenarios, but is something that needs to be addressed as a realistic concern.
  4. It is an event or condition for which you do not have the coping skills or resources to immediately resolve it, so this may require you to learn new things or reach out to others to assist you to resolve it.
  5. The event or condition is not merely a result of your perception or mindset, but it is objectively and consensually recognized as a problem.
  6. The event or condition, if you experience it is severe enough and you cannot find assistance from other people, may lead you to invoke Divine assistance through prayer and affirmation.
  7. The event or condition turns on an ongoing process to resolve the issues. This process engages your attention, stimulates your concern, and challenges your intelligence to work on the problem until you solve it.

The issue should rank highly on a scale of problem severity from zero to ten—seven or greater—where it is clearly absorbs your concentration and problem solving efforts until you find a way to cope with it, and continue to work on it until you have resolved it.

Your philosopher’s objections appear to arise from the observation that certain so-called problems exist only in the mind, as erroneous perceptions, entrenched unexamined mindsets, or as the fearful figments of worry. We suggest that not all problems are subsumed under these parameters, but there are some genuine problems that do require human effort and ingenuity to resolve.

What Is the Impact of Spiritual Development on Daily Life?

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: How does spiritual development impact my daily life experience? On the other hand, are there ways that it does not change or impact my daily life?

A: There are seven major ways your spiritual development influences your human life.

  1. Anchoring of abilities in your physical brain – these abilities, called gifts, enable you to make a connection with an ability in your Superconscious mind and channel it. You can consciously ask that it be turned on, and it operates. An example is a musician can tap into his musical gift when he is going to play music or when he is teaching someone. [Two other types of higher abilities are only accessible in either an altered state of awareness or are channeled through your attentional principle or spirit—these two types of abilities are not accessible in your waking awareness.]
  2. Channeling guidance – Some people can use the cord of faith anchored in their ego [this is a part of your Conscious mind] to ask a higher aspect of their mind [Self or Soul] or the Divine to help them solve problems, to cope with the stress of life, and to help them resolve issues. People typical invoke this higher aspect of their own nature—or the Divine as they can conceive it—through questioning or prayer, and listen for the response.
  3. Behavioral plan – In this type of connection with the higher mind, you are shown all of the steps necessary for you to achieve a goal. In the Conscious mind, you are capable of making one action at a time. Showing you each sequence of what you need to do to accomplish the goal, and the part you will do today, breaks down a project that may seem overwhelming into manageable pieces. For example, if you have to clean your house, you’ll focus on the task you need to do in each room and finish it [For the bathroom, this might look like: clean the sink… clean the toilet… clean the tub… clean the corners…]
  4. Stress reduction and relaxation – When you meditate, you enable the body to relieve stress, promote relaxation, and soothe your emotions. During the period you are meditating, this effect is pronounced. Many people report that this state of calmness and poise lasts well after their meditation session is over.
  5. Dialog and inquiry – Since the rational mind, which is the primary mental faculty of the Conscious mind, has only the information of the senses, its emotional experience, and its ability to infer [analogical reasoning] and to reason [deductive reasoning] to determine what is real and what can be believed, much of what the Soul and spirit experience are outside of its ability to know. For this reason, there is often a lively dialog between reason and the Soul. What the Soul experiences seems like complete fantasy to reason; in those individuals who establish a link with their reason, there is a rebuttal of reason’s doubts, and giving reason exact knowledge of what is in each higher vehicle of consciousness and what this vehicle of consciousness does. In this way, the mental function of the Conscious mind comes to appreciate the operations of the higher aspects of personal and transpersonal nature. As this dialog ensues, there is a lessening of doubt and an increase in trust and acceptance of these higher intellectual and intuitive faculties. [Think of the way you might trust a plumber to do his job, when this is not an area you know much about.]
  6. Comforting core suffering – At the core of human life are the painful, shameful, and fearful issues that make up the psychological component of destiny karma. This is the aspect of human life that experiences frustration, suffering, anxiety, and depression. While meditation allows you to monitor and release this core of dysphoric feelings, using techniques like process meditation or Vipassana, these feelings come back until you ultimately resolve them. Invoking the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is one of the few remedies that enable you to cope and carry on when you are yet laden with these emotional burdens.
  7. Ecstatic movement and speech – Those that do Kundalini Yoga, sacred dancing, and tantric practices report they experience the movement of inner energy that automatically repositions their body into different postures [martial arts stances or hatha yoga poses are common], places their hands in mudras, or has them spontaneously utter mantras or glossolalia. This occurs in those who actively awaken their Kundalini, or those who passively receive Shaktipat from an advanced disciple or Initiate empowered to send this attunement.

The experience of the Soul is outside the life matrix that you experience in your daily life. While there is some interface between them, the great majority of what the Soul experiences and its activities take place outside of your daily, conscious awareness. For you to become aware of what your Soul experiences and what it does, you need to move your attention to the level of your mind where your Soul dwells—this is the key function of meditation: to allow you to go where it is and gain direct knowledge of this immortal aspect of your nature.

Your life matrix—the conscious and unconscious aspects of your mind that you experience as part of your human life—has the following 13 components:

  1. Infra-conscious – these are the centers below waking awareness that comprise the states of hypnotic sleep, dreaming sleep, sound sleep, coma, and death. Elements of hypnotic and dreaming sleep sometimes persist when you awaken, so you have some recollection of your experiences in these liminal states.
  2. Waking state of awareness – this is the seat of your attention when you are not in an altered state of awareness induced through meditation, psychotherapy, hypnosis, or psychoactive drug use. This is your immediate perception of the environment around you, the people in the room, the objects that are relevant to the task you are currently doing. In the Light Sitting, when the Masters guide you back to “your moment,” they are asking you to return your attention to this ground state.
  3. Movement awareness center – this is your present time experience of your movement and body position. The experience of “living your life” is intimately tied to what you are actually doing moment-to-moment. In the Light Sitting, when the Masters guide you back to “your life,” they are asking you to move your attention to this center.
  4. Immediate sensory experience – this is your present time experience of each of your peripheral senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. These senses give their moment-to-moment report to a center we call the sensorium. [Neurologically, this perceptual matrix appears to correspond to the thalamus.] The sensorium has an energetic link to each higher order of sensation—astral sensing, attentional sensing, attentional principle sensing [meta-sensing], spirit sensing [heart-sensing], higher mind sensing [global intuitive or Buddhic sensing], and ensouling entity sensing [core sensing]. We teach you how to access this thread in the Vision Workshop.
  5. Deep body awareness – this is your present time awareness of what you are experiencing inside your body. Focusing attention on this center reveals your moment-to-moment experience of your muscles, connective tissues, joints, bones, organs, glands, nervous system, circulatory system, lymph system, immune system, and reproductive system as their chemical and electrical signals reach the hypothalamus and cerebral cortex. In the Light Sitting, when the Masters guide you back to “your body,” they are asking you to move your attention to this center.
  6. Feeling center awareness – this is your present time awareness of your emotional reactions to your experience. Focusing attention on the feeling center is a common technique used in psychotherapy. This center is intimately tied to your memory: most of your emotions are tied to particular memories of incidents you have experienced.
  7. Mental awareness – this center has three major functions (a) volition, this is the seat of the egoic octave of will, which governs individual behavior; (b) analogical reasoning, which meditates your ability to compare objects and ideas and understand metaphors; and deductive reasoning, which operates your ability to test reality and to analyze the salient information about your present time experience.
  8. Conscious Egoic complex – this is comprised of (a) the Egoic integrative function, which establishes your connection with each of the other vehicles of your Conscious mind; (b) a desire/goal organizing matrix, which organizes the areas of your life into specific areas, and establishes an identity state or role for each one; and (c) a remembrance of your key achievements and challenges in your life, which we call your life narrative, or personal story. This is your conscious experience of your life and is part of your zone of liberty.
  9. Unconscious Egoic complex – this liminal zone of your Conscious mind consists of (a) the layers of your psychological defenses, which cover up your deeper painful and shameful issues; (b) your shadow, which contains your deep, unresolved issues [this is the core of your personal suffering and pain], (c) your Egoic seed atom, which is a center that tunes up as your Soul evolves—experience of this center reveals a world of child-like wonder and delight; and (d) your subtle egoic identification with higher spiritual essences [for example, if you are a Christian, you might establish a link with your Moon Soul nucleus of identity; a Yogi might similarly identify with the cosmic consciousness nucleus of identity].
  10. Interface with the Subconscious mind (Preconscious) – this is your connection with the Subconscious mnemonic/temporal zone. You actively use this conduit to recall specific information or events. You passively receive impressions from the Subconscious mind in the state of reverie.
  11. Subconscious life narrative – this is your identification with the events of your life, starting with your first conscious memory, when you first experienced you were the actor in your life. This is not part of your conscious life experience, but you can access this band in meditation and hypnosis.
  12. Standpoint of eternity – this is the view from your Soul’s perspective, which beholds its past lives, conception and embryonic development, birth and the experiences before your first conscious memory, your Subconscious life narrative, the recording of your experience in the present time, and the “bubble” of your Conscious mind experience. You are able to visualize your life helix from this viewpoint. This is not part of your conscious life experience, but you can access this band in meditation and hypnosis.
  13. Wave of the present time on the Akashic Records – this is the point where your Soul’s thought and intention enter and shape your human life. This center is on the fifth Subplane of the Abstract Mind Plane in the Superconscious mind—your life experiences are also recorded at this level in the Etheric Book of Remembrance, which is called the Akashic Records. This is not part of your conscious life experience, but you can access this band in meditation and hypnosis. Process meditation, in particular, is keyed to this level. [You experience the Soul is creating specific experiences in your life at this level.]

Much of the experience and activity of your Soul, spirit, and attentional principle is outside your conscious awareness. You can visit their world in meditation, but unless you keep your attention fixed upon these essences, you are only able to glimpse their world of beauty, wonder, and Omnific Power and Grace during the lyrical interlude of meditation.

But even a little time spent in their realm will sustain you, renew you, inspire you, uplift you, empower you, and turn your life into a channel for some of its gifts. As you deepen your communion with these essences, your gratitude, humility, and joy will grow—and you will know, with every fiber of your being, that you have found a treasure beyond compare.

Those of you who may wish to learn about meditation in daily life, to make your life more functional and serene, may wish to acquire our book, Applications in Meditation in Daily Life and Education.

How Do You Develop Discipline

By George A. Boyd © 2019

Q: I find that I have intentions to do something, and then I never seem to do it? Could you give some suggestions about how you develop discipline?

A: You progressively develop discipline as you grow spiritually and personally. It appears to follow these steps as you mature as a person and evolve spiritually:

  1. Discipline in one area – you concentrate your attention and develop good habits in one area that is important to you. This may be in sports, weight lifting, playing music, or you may be able to be disciplined at your job.
  2. Coordination of discipline – when you have developed the capacity to discipline yourself in more than one area, you schedule blocks of time when you can act in a disciplined manner in more than one area of your life.
  3. Disciplining others – when you have learned to discipline yourself to reach your objectives and adhere to high standards of behavior—and you internalize this—you gain the capacity to discipline others. You do this when you perform supervision of others or you patent you children.
  4. Disciplining your ego – as you begin to function more as the Self and are able to more fully embrace the executive functions of your personality, you use your conscience to improve your character and check the wayward impulses of your ego, and overrule your ego’s rash decisions with the more considered and mature choices of the Self.
  5. Disciplining your entire personality to achieve specific goals and objectives – at this level, you begin to take charge of your life. You identify those goals that you want to achieve in your life, and you enact them through making a plan. Through this means, you progressively actualize your core life’s dreams.
  6. Disciplining your Self to carry out the Soul’s Purpose – as the Soul evolves and rises into its crown of purpose, your Soul begins to direct your Self to enact aspects of its Soul Purpose—beginning with education and training; practice of the skill as creativity, in your career, and in service to others; and then perfecting the skill through insight and innovation.
  7. Disciplining the Soul to follow the Divine Will and complete the Divine Plan – When this stage dawns, you embark on the path of discipleship. You work with your Supervising Initiate to unfold your Soul and actualize your spiritual destiny. Step-by-step, you ascend closer to Mastery and Liberation under the guidance of your spiritual Master.

Wherever you are on this scale today, start generating greater discipline through visualizing the next step in this process. For example:

  • What does discipline in one area look like?
  • In what other areas could I develop discipline? What would that require of me to achieve this?
  • Now that I’ve disciplined myself in several areas, how could I schedule these disciplined blocks of time, so I can make my day more productive?
  • What ways do I know to encourage others to observe self-discipline to be more orderly, efficient, productive, and respectful?
  • In what ways does my ego run the show? What behavior and attitudes could I change? How can I change that behavior?
  • Now that I’ve begun to restrain my ego, and I’m less distracted, what core goals do I want to achieve in my life? What are these goals? What is the plan to achieve each one? By when do I hope to accomplish each of these goals?
  • In what ways has my Soul intimated its purpose to me? What do I need to do to align with this purpose? How can I improve my ability to get clear on what I need to do?
  • If I have begun the spiritual Path, what do I need to do to make spiritual progress, and improve my ability to meditate and commune with the spiritual Master(s) of my tradition? What is required of me to move into the next step of my spiritual growth? What does Mastery in my tradition entail?

In general, to improve your productivity and your discipline, try these things:

  1. Aim to accomplish one key thing each day
  2. Put aside blocks of time in which you can focus exclusively on your goal without distraction
  3. Sit with your resistance to change until it subsides, then press on to accomplish your objective
  4. Work on your goals tenaciously; do not relent until you accomplish them. Engage your commitment and your resolve.
  5. Challenge yourself to improve yourself; strive for excellence
  6. Set up your workspace to be distraction free and orderly. Do one thing in that space, so you can gain the association that you will do that activity in that place.
  7. Reflect on how you will feel when you accomplish this goal. If you think of this as a reward, it will motivate you to keep working to reach your goal, even when there are obstacles.
  8. Do one part of your goal at a time, and progressively work to finish each remaining part. Check off your progress towards your goal on a checklist.

If you can set up your life to allow you the space to accomplish your goals, you can make this a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life. Resolve that you stir your native will power into action and take charge of your time and your life, and make your dreams come true.

Don’t wait for others to make your dreams come true. If you want them, make them happen!