We’re always thinking about what’s next and how we can make our lives even better. This vision of our future is where our goals and aspirations come from.
Yet we all know one thing to be true: simply having a goal doesn’t get us any closer to achieving it. In order to create the life you’ve always dreamed of, you’ll want to practice goal setting, a process where you form goals, create a plan to complete them, and take action.
Sometimes inspiration and motivation can be hard to come by. It’s easy to say that you want “X,” but unless it’s something that matters to who you are at your core, you’ll find it difficult to achieve this goal.
Even if you have a goal that really matters to you, it’s often hard to come by the motivation to dig in and get it done.
For example, so many set health goals for the new year but quit within a few weeks.
After years of struggling to come up with a vision that inspired me and lit me up, I found a surprising partner: cannabis. Cannabis can be a useful tool in this goal setting process.
In this article, I’m going to share with you how I use cannabis to create a vision that fuels me and a plan that makes the journey towards my future enjoyable and compelling. You’ll learn what steps to take to make your dreams a reality, and how cannabis can help you along the journey.
How to Achieve Your Goals with Cannabis
Goal setting is made up of three steps:
- Coming up with your goals
- Creating a plan to reach your goals
- Taking action
By understanding each of these steps and how best you can accomplish them, you’ll have the tools you need to create whatever future you desire.
Goal Setting Step 1: Vision Planning—Opening Your Mind with Cannabis
Remember when you were a kid and you daydreamed about how wonderful everything would be when you grew older? Maybe you thought about being a ballerina, owning a spectacular house with horses everywhere, or having a partner in crime that brought excitement and joy into your life.
What about now? What do you think about when you envision your future?
It’s easy to fall victim to limiting mindsets, where you think you can’t achieve your goals. You might feel destined to live a mediocre life, always settling for less than what you truly want.
That limiting mindset holds you back from reaching your goals.
When you create goals, it’s important that they excite you. Rather than wanting to get into shape by summer, a better goal might be to run a marathon or climb one of the tallest peaks in the US. These goals are both specific and inspiring, as an ideal goal ought to be.
And when it comes to work, remember that there are dream jobs out there. There are travel bloggers, food critics, and even cannabis health coaches. There’s no reason that you, too, cannot live the life that you desire.
The trick is this: you MUST allow yourself to let go of your limiting beliefs and DREAM BIG.
I know releasing these beliefs can be scary. It can be helpful to use cannabis to lower your guard and allow more creative and far-reaching ideas. The psychoactive effect can be extremely beneficial for allowing you to let go of your limiting beliefs.
Sit down in a safe place, listen to beautiful music, take out a pencil and paper or your laptop, and have an edible or vape pen. Think about a future that electrifies you. Something that makes you smile just thinking about it.
Come up with goals for all areas of your life, including:
- Personal development (running a 6-minute mile, reading 1 book/month)
- Interpersonal (spending time with family, rekindling the fire in your relationship)
- Spiritual/Contribution (volunteering at a dog shelter, meditating daily)
Once you have a list of goals that move you and a vision of your ideal future, you can get to the next step in the process: creating a plan.
Goal Setting Step 2: Create a Plan that Excites You
When you’ve completed your list of goals, the next thing you want to do is create a plan on how you’ll get there. This plan should be detailed with step-by-step actions that you’ll take.
As you go through your list, you’ll find that some of your goals may be achievable right away while some will take months or even years. Honestly, it’s great to have both long-term and short-term goals.
The process is the same: create steps that will get you there.
When it comes to creating steps, you want them to be both realistic and fun.
The journey is as important as the destination.
With this in mind, try to make your steps enjoyable. Cannabis can be used to help you relax and center yourself. It can even help you connect with nature or others around you.
For example, if one of your goals is to climb a 14er in Colorado (a peak over 14,000 feet), you can get a group of friends together to go hiking every weekend. When you get to the trail, you can share edibles or other forms of weed to make the hike that much more fun.
By including cannabis throughout your steps, some goals will be more achievable. Plus, the process will be much more enjoyable!
Goal Setting Step 3: Taking Action—Enjoy Your Journey with Cannabis
Now you have your goals, step-by-step plan, and the motivation to make these dreams a reality.
Don’t let the fire extinguish…take action now and move towards the future of your dreams. By checking in with yourself every morning and evening, you can track your progress and keep your goals at the front of your mind.
I hope that you find a vision for your future that feels in line with your deepest desires and truest self. Using cannabis can help you open your mind to the possibilities that stretch out in every direction.
May you enjoy your journey and use the power of cannabis to succeed in those things that mean the most.