The Art of Goal Setting by Michelle Greenwell

Goal Setting is an artform.  It requires the commitment to identify what one truly wants and what the experience of achieving the goal will really feel like.  It requires honesty, integrity, an openness to possibility and the opportunity to release old habits and patterns to create success.

One of the greatest tools in my toolbox is the opportunity to create a goal before a balance.  It isn’t always an easy endeavor to discover the ultimate vision, but sometimes the journey to that end opens gifts and incentives along the way.  It certainly reveals the habits and patterns that have been stuck and supporting the present situation.  These identified challenges can then be released, given gratitude and passed into history as the future is expanded.

  1. The Vision:  What is your outcome or goal that you wish to achieve?  How does it…
  • Look
  • Feel
  • Smell
  • Sound
  • Taste

Where will it put you on your path to success?  Is the goal large enough, or too large?

  1. The Current Situation: What are the patterns and habits that you currently rely on to support where you are today?
  • What actions do you avoid that could get you to your vision?
  • What phrases do you use that limit your action?
  • Who could assist you to your vision that you have not approached or engaged?
  • How can you spur yourself into forward action?
  1. The Past as our Guide: What survival mechanisms have been supporting you and keeping you safe to be where you are today?
    • How can you let these mechanisms release?
    • What actions will move you from the past?
    • What role does the past have in your vision? Is it important?

In a recent Touch for Health Instructor Hangout around Goal Setting, we discovered that the art of goal setting might not be shared until the end of the second day of a course.  Some instructors may not teach it at the beginning.  Our discovery around this was that students could struggle through the materials of a Level 1 Touch for Health course, and then at the end the skill of goal setting could be applied to finishing the program.  We all realized that if we had goal set for the whole class at the beginning of the workshop, and then presented a group balance approach to shifting towards the goal, the students would not have any learning challenges, habits, personal limitations, angst towards learning etc., that could get in the way of easy transitioning into muscle monitoring and using the tools of the class.  The experience of playing with the new ideas and tools would be completely different.  How important is goal setting?  It is our road map to success!  We need to be able to experience our destination, and although we may not know the voyage to get there, we have realized what our intended outcome is.

In a recent Touch for Health Student Hangout around Goal Setting, we discovered that students did not realize the impact of the goal setting on changing outcomes.  They felt that using the new tools was enough of a challenge.  Adding the complexity of a goal phrase or a directed outcome, required the insight into a true possibility.  That would take too much time. It would require thought and action.  It wouldn’t be necessary.

Cheryl Richardson in her blog post on “The Magic of Self-Care”, commented… “The practice of self-care at its foundation, is learning to align ourselves with the power of the Universe so it can easily operate on our behalf. Each time we treat ourselves well, it’s as if we are proclaiming: “I am worthy of good in my life and I open my heart and hands to receive it now.”  The value of Goal Setting has a whole new view.

In Lynn McTaggart’s blog post: “The Urge to Kill”, she shares that when we launch a campaign to “kill” or “attack” something, we create an instant battle.  This battle requires our defenses to go up, a line of action to defend what has always been, and an unwillingness to admit defeat.  In her research she found that “The war on cancer” has maintained that vantage point.  However, if the phrase “I return my cells to their natural state,” was used, the opposition was released, and the body responded to something it knew well.  The results revealed that “the most effective healing intention had been framed as a request, combined with a highly specific visualization of the outcome, but not necessarily a destructive one.”  Further, something that we find very hard to do…let go of the outcome.  Our desire to work towards our goal, or to direct the actions towards our goals keeps us locked in patterns that we don’t even realize.  McTaggart’s article reveals that Rein and Laskow’s best scientific result was:  “With healing, the most effective approach may not be to destroy the source of the illness, but, as with other forms of intention, to put in a specific request then move aside, let go of the outcome, and allow a greater intelligence to fulfil your request.”

Something that I find useful that supports this kind of action is to use the Rekindled Ancient Wisdom Affirmation books from Pam Myers and Sally Worth.  There are three collections and I use them like a “Body, Mind, and Spirit” approach.  When I know what my vision is, I search for phrases in the books through muscle monitoring to find the ones that have been holding me back and where I need to go forward.  These have been very insightful to aspects of my life I have not considered.  Very often they help to clarify the vision for my goal as well.

Let’s Look at Habits…

Habits are a way for us to find regularity in our routines, and a way to pattern responses and actions that repeat themselves.  But, they are also a way that we hold ourselves in regular responses that become transforming energetically and functionally.  As we look at these habits, we can assess their impact on our functioning and our lifestyle, as well as in our goal setting and in our ultimate dream building.

Habit and Goal Setting Protocol

  1. Choose a goal for the session and record it. Visual may be drawn, while verbal may be written.
  2. Using your toolbox of assessment tools, assess the BioField for the energetic patterns that currently exist.
  3. Reflect on phrases that are commonly said about the goal or the idea. Record these.
  4. Reflect on the posture that is currently held as a result of the present position. Record these observations.
  5. Identify any emotions or aspects of the Levels of Consciousness that are a part of the present. Record this.
  6. Assess what kind of habits are being held: For example, Structural, Chemical, Nutritional, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.  Record these.
  7. Determine what kinds of movements or balancing tools are identified for shifting the energy. Record these.
  8. Engage in the tools identified to balance the body and the BioField.
  9. Re-assess the BioField and assess the goal and desired outcome.
  10. Identify new phrases to support the new vision.
  11. Evaluate the new posture that is being used as a result of the balance.
  12. Identify the new emotions or Levels of Consciousness that a part of the shift.
  13. Draw a new visual after the balance or tweak the original picture.
  14. Determine if the shift is “complete and robust.” I bring the fingertips together in front of the belly button and wait for the body pendulum to go towards my “yes” response.  I could muscle monitor with the anterior deltoid, stating the phrase “I am complete and robust” while checking the right arm, then left arm, then both together.  This makes sure that both sides of the brain independently are happy with the shift, and then together they are also happy.

Michelle Greenwell is our current CanBeWell Leadership Team President.  Her passion for healing the body through movement has led to the development of a special program called “Qi YINtegration.”  Working with habits and goal setting are a part of every class.  You can find the Set 1 Book on her website at, as well as Articles under the Resource tab. Further blog posts can be found on Facebook:  The KEY to Health with Energy Medicine, and Qi YINtegration.

3 thoughts on “The Art of Goal Setting by Michelle Greenwell”

  1. Fascinating article. I hope we can explore this at the Summit. I think you would find the Edu-Kinesthetics procedure congruent with what you have outlined.

    One thing we would do is also put the goal into movement – which with your background I would think would be natural.For one thing, it gets us out of our heads and what we think the goal “should be”…

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