What is it that you most want to achieve in life?
Don't limit yourself when thinking of your answer to this. There ARE no limits here. I am not saying you have to try to achieve it. I just want you to think about what you would really love to achieve.
Don't let your censor limit you either. You know who I mean. That voice inside you telling you it is wrong, that people like you don't do things like that. Maybe a continuation inside you of what your parents said, what your teacher said, what your spouse might say, what your best friend might say. Tell that voice to go away! You are digging deep inside to find out what you REALLY want to achieve, regardless of what others may think.
Have you come up with anything yet? If not, keep looking. If you have, still keep looking - there must be a lot more than just the one thing you want to achieve!
Start putting down each of those goals on a blank sheet of paper. Not as a future goal, but as a statement that this is you, that you have achieved it. Then focus on each, one by one. Ask yourself the following questions:
Why do I want to achieve this?
What difference will it make in my life? How good will that feel?
What difference will it make in the lives of those around me? Do I get a good feeling from that too?
As you go through this exercise, recognize when your internal censor reacts to any of the goals. This time allow that censor to have its say. But then analyse what it is saying. Is this really true? Try to follow the logic. Often you will find there is no logic at all. Make sure you recognize that, so the power of the censor is diminished.
In some cases you may find you actually completely agree with the censor. If so, think back to the answers to the questions you asked yourself. Was it really a good feeling? As long as it was, then your censor is probably wrong. Spend some time working on this. Trust your gut feeling though, not the logic that the censor may use.
If the end result of this analysis is that the censor is right, I want you to dig deeper. Somewhere deep inside you is another desire which is right for you, but which has expressed itself incorrectly and in a way that doesn't fit with who you are. Find that inner desire deep within. When you find it, cross off the original goal and replace it with this new, correct one.
What you now have is a list that defines the future "you". A future you should now start moving towards. You don't have to think of it as fully achievable - although certainly do NOT allow that voice inside you to say it is not achievable. But it defines the direction in which you should be moving. Every step that takes you closer is the right step, and every step that takes you further away is the wrong step.
Yes, you can use the list for affirmations and work on manifesting from it. But also it is a very practical list that will stop you meandering through your life and instead knowing that each day is productive and moving you closer to what you really want to achieve.