In this class, you will learn how to choose your goal, what types of goals there are and how to approach each one.
Brandon: Welcome to "The Art of Reality Creation 2.0." This is our second class. You have me, Brandon. We have Christine.
Brandon: And Justin.
Brandon: You there, Justin? Yup. Today we are discussing primarily goals. I do have one point to finish off from the last class that someone brought up afterwards that I want to discuss quickly. Primarily, today we will be discussing goals because knowing your goal (as annoying as this might be to some people--I know you want to get to the really good stuff) and knowing how to choose your goal is probably one of the most important parts of this process. We're really going to be hammering that in today, so we'll be focusing on that.
Just to summarize a little bit, in the last class we talked about the principles of inertia and dynamism. If you remember, inertia is the principle that things continue as they are. The principle of order, you could say. If you just go with the flow (we were talking about this) of things, things won't change. Things will stay the same as they are and as they always have been.
Dynamism is the force that takes a lot of will. We'll talk about the importance of will later on in the course. Dynamism is basically the act of breaking inertia and going against inertia and creating a new inertia.
We talked about how you need to use both of these as tools because you need inertia. You can't always be going against what is. You have to settle into a new norm, or else you just get tired. Willpower isn't meant to last forever and ever and ever. We talked about trying to use willpower and then falling into old habits because you tried to use it for too long. You need to use dynamism to get into a new inertia. Then you can drop that effort and focus on your next goal.
Does Inertia Only Occur in the Objective Universe?
Brandon: The point that I wanted to mention here that I didn't really mention last class--this came up in the comments of the first class, so I want to mention this here: we talked about the objective universe and the subjective universe. It's pretty obvious. The objective universe is the universe outside you or at least apparently outside you that has some objectivity and is in the physical world. It's the fact of things. That's definitely the root of inertia.
The subjective universe is your inner self, your conscious and subconscious minds, how you interpret the world around you, how you think about things, your imagination, your ability to visualize and will. It's your own conscious being, if that makes sense. That's your subjective universe.
It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that inertia equals objective universe and dynamism equals subjective universe, but it's not exactly the case. You can have (what I'll call) objective inertia and subjective inertia. Objective inertia is pretty obvious. It's just the natural world as it is doing its thing without any kind of dynamism or free will involved.
But there is also a subjective inertia, and this is your subconscious mind, basically. In your subconscious mind, it is making your thoughts, behaviors, habitual. That's inertia. The way you think isn't just dynamic. The way you think can be from inertia. We're creatures of habit. We need routine. We need certain things to be regular. We have habits. We have to. If everything were always dynamic (and this is why you need both forces), then it just wouldn't work. You need the comfort of regularity and a routine. There is inertia in your subjective universe, too.
That can be either a good or bad thing, depending on what you want. If you want to have abundance, but inertia in your subjective universe is to think about not having abundance or poverty or not having enough money, then that inertia is going to be against you. You're going to have to use dynamism to break that inertia.
Just to point out, you do have objective inertia. I would say the objective universe is purely inertia, because without us as free will agents acting against the inertia of the objective universe, it would not change. I mean, obviously things change, but it would be in predictable lines. It would just be according to mathematical principles. When you introduce the free will, that's when things change.
Even in the subjective universe, you have inertia. Plenty of people are acting according to their subconscious programs, so they're not actually using their free will. I've said this before. Most people who are still (you could say) "in the dream" (when I say that, I mean in the programming of how the universe works, who are stuck in that--you could use the allegory of the Cave, still chained up in the cave) are still experiencing a lot of inertia. They're not practiced with using dynamism. Dynamism is almost discouraged in our world. You want conformity. You want things to be predictable and regular. That's what most people want.
Just because you're a person who's conscious doesn't mean you're dynamic. You could very well be experiencing inertia if you aren't taking control of your life and making that dynamic choice to create your own reality. Again, the objective universe is all inertia. The subjective universe is part inertia, part dynamism. It's just helpful to know that so you know and look at your own life and see where you are experiencing inertia and experiencing dynamism. Where are you experiencing just the same thing over and over and over again, being stuck in a rut? Where are you experiencing freedom? That would be dynamism.
Justin: It's an interesting way of putting it. I've heard of it from you. Inertia would be for me, just moving along. You're just moving along. You push your car downhill and it keeps going and doesn't really stop. With dynamism, it would be what parts of your life are you actually actively taking a hand in and controlling? The other thing I like (I don't know why I just thought of this) is controlled inertia. That's after you've taken your will and dynamism, and you've decided what your normal rhythm should be. The rhythm that you have is what you want, so it's predictable, but you made it predictable. The outside universe did not. I just thought of that.
Brandon: That's what I mean about new inertia. You have to use both, so that's what I mean. You have to create a new inertia.
Justin: Yes. I like that.
Brandon: According to what you want it to be. You have to use dynamism to get to the next level.
You Must Use Both Dynamism and Inertia
Christine: So you're saying inertia can be a good thing? It sounds like you're bored.
Brandon: If you're living a dynamic life where you're using dynamism to your benefit, you do have to use inertia. You can't maintain that force. We'll talk a little bit more about that later on with the different types of goals. You can't maintain that force of will to keep going up and up and up and up and up.
Christine: You have to have a little break.
Brandon: Right. I had a blog post quite a while ago about why some people (even though they're happy) don't get everything they want. Remember that blog post? Do you remember that, Christine?
Justin: I do.
Christine: That was a long time ago.
Brandon: It was a while ago, several months ago. In that blog post, I use the metaphor of a hill or slope versus a series of steps, a gradation.
Christine: That's right.
Brandon: A hill just keeps going up and up. I compared it to some people think if they feel good for a couple days, then things will improve. If they feel bad for a couple days, then things will go bad. It's not exactly how it works. You might experience a range about the same level, but it's not like "I felt good for a day, so now a whole bunch of good things are coming to me" or "I felt bad today, so a whole bunch of bad things are." That's not how it works. It's a series of steps. If you imagine dynamism as the force necessary to step up to that next step, that takes work. Once you reach that next step, it's inertia. Now you're there. Then you take another step, which is dynamism. Then you're there, and that's inertia. Then you take another step, which is dynamism. Then you're there, which is inertia.
Justin: You jump.
Brandon: You're stepping up. Step by step by step instead of one big leap. Whereas if it's a big hill, you're just climbing the hill and you're going to get tired because there's no rest. You're just climbing the hill, climbing the hill, climbing the hill. You get tired that way. You need to use dynamism and inertia as a paired set of tools or forces, but the trick is that you are the one in control using both to your benefit.
You don't ever want just inertia, because that would mean you're stagnating. You don't want ever just dynamism, because that would mean you're going to get tired. You're going to get really tired and you're going to fall back. You can't maintain that. You're going to fall back to some previous level.
I think I mentioned the principle of minimal effort involved to get to the next level. Minimal energy. You want to put forth the required energy to get to the next level, and then you want to let yourself stabilize there. Then put forth the required energy to get to the next level, and then let yourself stabilize there, like those steps. We'll talk a lot more about that later, but that's really how it works. They're both tools you can use, and you need both, but a lot of people just become slaves to inertia, almost. You definitely do not want that. That's not being a creator. That's letting the outside world create for you. You definitely do not want that.
Now into goals. This is the main focus I wanted to cover today. There's lots about goals. If you're familiar with the blog, you're going to already know some of this, but there are some new things I want to introduce here to take it to the next level, as always.
Christine: Of course. That's why there's a class. Sorry.
Brandon: [laughs] Goals are important because they move energy. I can't just say, "Whatever happens, happens, and that's okay." Some people will say in the law of attraction community, "You don't really need desires, because the universe already knows what you want, so you just feel good. Everything you want will come to you." No one has experienced this. I guarantee it. Some people might say they've experienced something like it, but it's much deeper than what they think it is.
Justin: I can guarantee you it is, because they had to remove a lot of resistance. They did something energetically to do that. Not just bouncing around and feeling good.
Brandon: Right. You don't just feel good and everything good comes to you. That's not how it works. A goal is a means by which you move energy. It's a means by which you activate magic. You activate these forces of the universe. You cannot underestimate a goal because a goal is so important. It really helps you to know how to get where you want to go.
Justin: It gives you someplace to land. It gives your energy something to attach to.
Brandon: Right. You need this goal to move forward. Without a goal, you can't do it. You can't move forward. Some people, again, might want to stabilize where they are for a while, so they might not have a goal. But eventually, they're going to pick up another goal. That's just how we're made. We're made to yearn for something higher. This is why I don't like Buddhism that much, because I think it tries to beat that part of ourselves out. That yearning for something higher--"Oh, that's desire, that's suffering, that's attachment. Get rid of that." You can't do that.
Justin: It's unfortunate because Buddhism has some great techniques.[laughs]
Brandon: Yes, I use those techniques. Those techniques are good.
Justin: It's just that their ending is....
The 3 Criteria for a Goal
Brandon: The yearning for something higher--you'll always have that. You'll always have that because that's what we're programmed to do. That's that black flame we talked about in the Order, that yearning for something higher, to create something new, to step up to the next step, that dynamism. That's what we're made to do. We're not made to just go with inertia. "Well, whatever." The uncut block of Taoism and whatnot. We're not made for that. The goal is that force of dynamism that pushes you--I almost think it pulls you, in a way. We'll discuss that later. To the next step. It drives you to the next step. A goal, properly used, is kind of scary when it's a big enough goal. Kind of scary. That's why a goal is very important. You can probably remember this. What are the three criteria of a good goal?
Christine: It has to be inspiring. I can't remember the other two.
Justin: It has to be inspiring. It has to be something that is challenging. It has to be something...Say what?
Brandon: That's the third one.
Justin: It has to be something that you can believe, but can't quite believe.
Brandon: It has to be believable enough.
Justin: Believable enough. It has to be believable. I always had it just on the other side of believable in my mind, but maybe....
Brandon: It should be believable. This is possible, this is feasible. Not necessarily to the extent that "this is done." That would be more of a current level goal, which we'll discuss later.
Justin: Barely, yeah.
Brandon: It does need to be believable. I don't want to put any restrictions on that. It needs to be believable. If it's not, it's just going to be too far off.
Justin: Fair enough.
Brandon: It needs to be inspiring, believable, and challenging.
Justin: I need to forget. Sometimes I'm just so used to hurling power into the mist and having it just come up big, but most people don't do that. [laughs]
Brandon: Yes, but I think for you, if you look at it, Justin, those things are believable to you still. You can't accomplish something that's not believable to you unless you step up to it, step by step.
Justin: That's how you're supposed to do it, like you said. I've just been in some situations where I was like, "Either it works or we're in trouble."
Brandon: It doesn't mean it's not hard, but it's believable. It's feasible. It's possible. I'm not saying you have this in the bag or something. It's believable like, "I can do this. I at least see a possibility for how it can work." That's what I mean when I say believable. I don't mean "Right now, I could get this tomorrow." That's not what I mean. If that's the case, great, but that's not going to be for most goals.
Justin: No, it's not. [laughs]
Brandon: Has to be inspiring, has to be believable, and at the same time has to be challenging. You need a balance of all of these. It definitely has to be inspiring, and you need a balance between believability and challenge.
Justin: I love the challenge part. That, to me--really, half the time, you don't know how. Then it happens. That was so cool.
The 3 Levels of Goals
Brandon: Those three criteria have worked well for me with my goals. We'll talk about the different levels of goals here in a second. This is mostly for goals that require work. The challenging part might not be for a current level goal. It's not going to be challenging for that kind of thing. We'll talk about that. But in general, if you're looking for a goal that's going to change you, then you need it to be challenging. The first two are actually necessary, but for it to be fun or at all worthwhile to change your subconscious structures and whatnot, you also need it to be challenging. That sets up. We've talked about the three levels of goals. This has been beat to death. You all know what the three levels of goals are: current level goals, next level goals, and ultimate level goals.
Justin: When you mean ultimate level goals--for you, next level is next level up. Ultimate is--is there a number of levels up or months out that we would say is ultimate?
Brandon: I'm going to clarify this a lot today. I'm going to introduce a certain scale in a few minutes. This has been confusing for a lot of people. In general, I did give the scale of: current level goals (within a week), next level goals (within three months).
Justin: One to three months.
Brandon: One to three months. Ultimate level goals (six months to a year or more). That's lined up with my experience. When I have a current level goal and say I want this to happen, it happens within a few days. When I have a next level goal that I say I really want this to happen soon, it happens within a few weeks or a month. I'll be honest. It's different for everyone. I've never had a next level goal go far beyond a month, but I just give the three month mark as a provision if you're having trouble with it. I might have just chosen really good bite-size goals that could get done in a month or so. Ultimate level goals--I just achieved one of those: getting off of SSI. You all should know about that.
Justin: Yes, sir.
Christine: That took what, seven months?
Brandon: That took seven months, and that was an ultimate level goal when I started, but not by the time I finished. It was very possible. For the average person, it might feel like an ultimate level goal might take forever. "Oh, I've had this dream all my life. How can it be possible?" If you are deliberately creating, day after day, week after week, month after month, it's not going to take long once you start to master these principles. Once you start to master these principles, it's not going to take long at all because that's exactly what I did. I focused on an area of life (which is money). I brought it up every month and kept increasing it. Then I finally achieved that final, ultimate level goal of getting off of SSI in seven months. I'm not saying it should take that short, but it shouldn't take super long even for big goals that you might have, because creation is creation.
Justin: Here's my thing, also, Brandon. I've done this. You can go and start doing pieces of the goal. That top level part is maybe way off in the ether, but right in front of me is the first step.
Brandon: That's what we're going to talk about soon. That's what we're going to talk about with ultimate level goals, and I'll get there soon.
Justin: Okay, okay.
The Goal Difficulty Scale
Brandon: In general, that was the timeframe I gave. I think that's applicable most of the time. One week for current level. One to three months for next level. Six months to a year or more for ultimate level. I think that's accurate most of the time. People seem to have trouble with this, so I'm creating what I call the "Goal Difficulty Scale." [laughs]
Justin: Here it is. [laughs]
Brandon: Goal Difficulty Scale. What the Goal Difficulty Scale is is the measure of how challenging the goal is. That's the third criterion of the whole thing. How challenging is it? Here's what I came up with. A current level goal (it's hard to define these; the borders are fuzzy because these aren't exact) is from 0 to about 3. Between 2 and 3, but I'd say three is pretty easy, probably within a week or so. Between about 4 to 7 is a next level goal, and between 8 to 10 is an ultimate level goal.
Justin: That works.
Brandon: It's split up pretty well. You want to look at this scale and ask yourself, "How challenging is this goal? If I go within myself right now and think about this goal, where would it fall on this scale?" A good question to test this is "How easy does it feel to get this goal tomorrow?" That makes it real. If you ask yourself that, and you're like, "Oh, yeah, tomorrow or the next day. I think I could do it," that's a current level goal, 0 to 3 or so. If you're like, "No. I know I can do it in general, but not tomorrow," that's going to be a next level goal, between 4 to 7 or so. If you look and say, "Absolutely not!" [laughs] That's an ultimate level goal. That's an ultimate level goal, between 8 to 10 or so. Make it real. Ask yourself how easy it would be to get this goal tomorrow. I want everyone listening to this, and the two of you can if you want to...
Brandon: Take a goal that you have and think about it. Ask yourself, "How easy would it be to get it tomorrow?" Put it on that Goal Difficulty Scale from 0 to 10.
Justin: Not a PhD.
Brandon: What's that?
Justin: Not the PhD. Would not get that.
Brandon: Is that your goal?
Justin: It's a possible goal. I just got stopped in my tracks. I would like to get one, but it's not certain. Even if I wanted it, it would not be tomorrow. That's why.
Brandon: Not be tomorrow. So where would that be on your Goal Difficulty Scale, do you think?
Justin: Straight up? I know I could get it. But it's a PhD, so it's going to take you...
Brandon: That's why the timeframe isn't the most useful, because of things like that that are time-restrictive. But in general it's a good guideline. You know you can get it, but it's sort of far-off, that's a next level. That's good.
That's the question I would ask: How easy would this be to get this tomorrow? or Could I imagine myself having it right now? If you went through everything you had to go through (let's say the 4 years or whatever happened) could I just imagine that happening right now, with ease, without any kind of strain? That's another good way of thinking of it. That's the Goal Difficulty Scale.
Now why am I devoting so much focus to figuring out the level of your goal? The answer is because there are three types of goals, and each type requires almost a completely different approach. There are similarities because it's all based on the same principles, but each type of goal requires almost a completely different approach.
Most law of attraction teachers are teaching current level goals and trying to get you to apply it to next level goals. Then it's no wonder you're frustrated. You try it, and you don't get it very easily because those methods don't apply (just feeling good about it and whatnot). That doesn't apply. The teachers who say just feel good about it, don't even ask for it multiple times--that's for current level goals. That's not going to get you there.
So it's really important to know what your goal is and what type of goal you have. That will tell you how to approach it. If it's a current level goal, there won't even be a question about how to approach it because it's so easy. We'll talk about that approach later on anyway. If it's a next level goal, then it takes more work and effort. If it's an ultimate level goal, then it takes a lot more effort and a lot more work and a different approach. You need to know where it lies on this scale and what type of goal you have.
Beware Idle Daydreaming about Ultimate Level Goals
Brandon: When I was coming up with the scale, something popped into my mind about this that may be a trap for some people. This is why I'm asking the question the specific way I am: how easy would it be to get tomorrow? If you just think about the goal and how difficult it is--I want everyone to pay very special attention to this part--there is a certain limit of difficulty at which your subconscious mind will just give up and stop even trying to imagine the reality of it. At some point you'll enter the realm of daydreaming. I've learned about daydreaming before. If you think about, let's say, being a multimillionaire, you might have fun thinking about it. "Oh, yeah, I'll buy a private jet and a yacht. I'll do this and I'll do that."
Justin: Do it until your insides twist.
Brandon: When I ask you, "How easy does this goal feel?", it feels pretty easy. I feel pretty good about it. Guess what? Your subconscious has given up even trying to imagine this as reality. Even trying, even remotely trying to imagine or fathom what this would be like or how to get there. It's just, "Psh. No." It's on overload. System overload. It just can't get there. It can't do it. It's too far up. There's a certain point around the higher end of the scale (8 or above) where your subconscious mind just gives up. Imagine the biggest goal you can imagine--something you really, really want that you'd dream about. Notice how if you think about it, it's like, "Yeah, that'd be nice," but you don't actually put yourself into it. You can't actually fathom it.
Christine: I think people think daydreaming is powerful, but no. Once you're into it, you think you're into it and into it, but all you're doing is nothing.
Brandon: That's the trap people get into with this stuff. They think, "Oh, I'm feeling good about it. It should come any day now."
Christine: What's the difference, then, between daydreaming and constructively?
Justin: Daydream, though. You don't do any inspired action towards it.
Brandon: Inspired action--we'll talk about that, too. That will come later, though. You don't want to do that too early. But you're right.
Justin: A daydream doesn't give you any spark.
Christine: It's a fantasy.
Brandon: It doesn't push you. This goes against everything you might call magic. A good goal will terrify you, honestly. If it's current level, then whatever. But a good next level goal will absolutely frighten you. It will feel like, "Oh my goodness, I don't even know. I can sort of see how it's possible, but oh, does that feel scary or tough." A good next level goal will do that to you.
If you have an ultimate level goal that feels good, think of something slightly smaller that you really do want, but is within the realm of possibility to you. Now really think about doing that thing. Think about setting out today or tomorrow and actually doing that. Now look at what comes up around that. You might have some positive feelings, sure, but it also feels like a stretch. It feels like it's tough. It feels like you're pushing something. It's this structural tension we talked about. A good goal is going to pull that tension tight so that it will pull you forward.
When it's too high, your subconscious will give up and say, "Not going there. I can't do it. I can't even fathom it." That's something really important to realize here with using magic to achieve your goals. If you try to go too high too soon, you might think you're doing a good job because you're feeling good and whatnot, but you're really doing nothing but deluding yourself.
Christine: It reminds me of that guy, Brandon, who messaged you from the Abraham forum. He was a daydreamer. Remember him?
Brandon: Oh, gosh, yes.
Christine: King of--what did he say? King of the LOA? What was he?
Brandon: Something like that. Manifestation. I don't remember.
Justin: That means you are a king of manifestation.
Brandon: [laughs] I pinned him down. What specifically have you manifested? He would not go there. It was a whole delusional daydream to him. "Oh, all that matters is that I feel good." That's great, but what did you actually achieve? That's why I focus on real-world results. If you're not getting real-world results...
Christine: What's the point?
Brandon: What are you doing all this for? What are you doing all this for?
Justin: You should also be able to get stuff when your energy is rolling good that you didn't actively reach for. You ought to be able to pull stuff in all around you. That's how you can tell.
Brandon: That can happen, too. You'll get stuff that's on the current level all the time. Even just by a thought. Even just by one day thinking, "That'd be nice to get." It will just come to you.
Christine: I've done that.
Brandon: Right, because it's current level. That's very important. As you move forward, especially as you're working a lot on one area, you get this (I don't know what the usual metaphor is, but it reminds me of Jenga) where you pull out a certain number of blocks, and pretty soon the whole thing comes down. Your limiting beliefs on that will go more easily and more easily. It will increase your momentum in that area of life. That's why I really encourage focusing on money or relationships or whatever it is you want to focus on. Really keep focusing on that area because you're going to build up momentum there. You'll keep increasing, increasing, increasing.
Brandon: You want your goal to feel sort of scary. If it's beyond that, if it's this huge thing but it feels good to think about, it's not doing anything. It's not doing anything. You really want to pay attention to that. We'll talk about how to approach these goals later. That's definitely what you want to be doing: choosing a goal that's in the middle of the road there. All the time, you might be manifesting current level goals. If you're not, then you probably are and aren't knowing it. Just too focused or too stuck on something on the next level that you're not allowing it to happen. Getting confidence on the current level is definitely a good thing to do. People overestimate the current level goals. They're like, "It's not so easy to manifest current level goals." Actually, yeah, it is. That's the whole point of current level goals.
Justin: Current level.
Brandon: [laughs] They're current level. They're where you are.
Justin: You may not know something is current level, so that's why it felt hard.
The Skyscraper Metaphor
Brandon: Here's the metaphor I was thinking of. Imagine you're in a huge building. In this building is all sorts of stuff that you want. You're on the ground floor. Very easily, you can go into tons of rooms and places you can explore. All that stuff is on the ground floor on your current level. Very easily, you can choose, "Oh, I'm going to go look at this room over here. Oh, I'm going to look at that room over there and see what that's all about." That's current level. Next level is when you say, "This is good, but I heard there's something on the next floor that sounds even better." So you take the stairs and go up to the next level. It's inertia to stay on the current level on the ground floor. It takes dynamism to actually go up to the next floor and level. Once you get there, now that's current level. It was "next level" to you before, but now it's current level because now you're here. So you're going to explore there, and eventually you'll say, "Yeah, okay, cool, but I'm going to go up to the next level." Now if you tried to do that from the ground floor and you wanted to go up to the 20th floor or 30th--imagine it's a huge skyscraper or something--
Christine: That would be like 100 floors.
Brandon: Let's say there are no elevators, either. Kind of ruins the metaphor. You don't generally want to try to go up 20 or 30 flights of stairs just to get up to that ultimate level. You might go 1 or 2 steps at a time, but you're not going to want to go 20 or 30 floors at a time.
Christine: Did you mean 1 or 2 floors? You said...
Brandon: Well, the steps, I mean, as far as goals, but yes. 1 or 2 floors at a time. You're not going to want to go 20 or 30 at a time. You're going to get...
Brandon: Exhausted. "I can't do it."
Christine: "Never mind, I'm leaving."
Brandon: I remember when I was in college, the first college I went to, I was on the 9th floor of my building. I remember we had a fire drill, and I had to go up all those flights of stairs after the fire drill was over. That was not pleasant.
Christine: You couldn't just use the elevator.
Brandon: I don't know. I did after that. I don't know why I didn't the first time. Oh, that was not pleasant.
Justin: The thing is, the elevator would be you using your dynamism.
Brandon: It kind of ruins the metaphor because an elevator can go as many floors as you want all at once. I'm trying to put forth is going up the stairs takes a lot of energy, and you don't want to do 20, 30, 40 of them at once.
Christine: You want to stop at each floor.
Brandon: You want to stop after a floor or two and explore that next level. It's still stuff you want, but it's not all the way. Eventually, you'll get to the 19th floor, and then the 20th floor is within range. That's what happened with my SSI goal. I didn't go from having SSI as 70% of my monthly income and saying, "I want to get off of SSI. Okay." No. I did not do that. That would be going up to the 20th or 30th floor. That would not be possible. I took one step at a time and increased my monthly income. I talked about this in support call #35. Then SSI was less than half of our monthly income, and then it was kind of possible. Then I set that goal.
It was still sort of scary--maybe I bypassed a floor or two--but I did not bypass 20 floors. [laughs] I had climbed most of the way up by then. That was within range now, but only because I pared it down. I took one step at a time, and I got there. That's the sort of difference between all the goals.
A current level goal is going to be on the level you're at, the floor you're at. It doesn't take any energy to go over to the other place over there and look at what's going on there or look at this other place. It's all on this level, so it doesn't really take energy. It may take a very small period of time, but not much. But to go to the next level takes energy. It takes some amount of work--not necessarily much--to get to the next level. The ultimate level is going up 20 levels at once. You need to pare it down. Next level, there is a spectrum. It's not just one step, one step, one step. You can set slightly higher. It's a scale. It's not just 1, 2, 3. It's 0 to 3 is current level, 4 to 7 is next level, 8 to 10 is ultimate level. It might not just be the very next level up. It might even be 2 or 3 levels up. The point is, that's a lot easier than 20 levels.
Justin: You can go as high as you can handle. Do not go 20 levels and think you can handle it. [laughs]
Brandon: It's just going to really frustrate you. You're going to give up. You're probably going to fall back down to where you were before. Sometimes worse. Sometimes worse.
Justin: There are some people out there that do that. They try to do it all. Don't.
Brandon: Right, exactly. You want to take that easy. In general, the approach to each level (just very generally right now; we'll get into more specifics in the next class) of goal (current, next, ultimate): current level is you're going to choose to have it. If you can't do it, it's not current level. You might feel a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of difficulty if it's a 1, 2, or 3, but not generally very much if any. You're going to very easily be able to say, "I choose to have this goal" or just think about "I'd really like to have this." Just that thought will move the energy enough that you're going to get that current level goal. It just takes a thought or word or slight movement of energy. Very, very slight movement of energy to get that goal. That's a current level goal. You almost can't even call it a goal, but I'm calling it that to use the same terminology. Can you really call it a goal if you can say it and get it within a day or so?
Justin: Yes. Go up there and go, "Hey, it's nice to have that. I'm going to." It's really not much of a goal, just sort of something you want.
Brandon: It's not going to feel super exciting, either. "Oh, cool. Okay, that's nice." I've gotten like that with money. I'd like a bit of extra money. It's not going to be $1000, but it's going to be a bit extra. It's always nice. Once it comes, it's like, "Oh, that's cool. I appreciate that. I'm happy about that, but I'm not really too surprised." Things like that will start to happen. This is still magic because it wouldn't happen if you didn't put forth that thought and moved your will and said this is what you want. It wouldn't happen otherwise. It's not like it's inevitable. You actually had to think about it. You had to choose it on some level--maybe not super deliberately, but this is how good things happen to people all the time. They think a thought like "That would be nice to have," and it happens.
Justin: Without even really knowing that they did it.
Brandon: It could be as simple as you're at the store and you see something nice you'd like to have. You say, "Okay, the price is in range. It's pretty reasonable. I'm going to buy it." That's a current level goal.
Christine: I had one, too. I wanted for my birthday a specific candle warmer because I don't like to light candles. I've never tried and I have a cat, too. I didn't know this, but my friend helped my mom at first. She said, "I'll find this candle warmer for you." I didn't know this. My mom went to the store and it wasn't there. She told me, "I'm sorry, Christine, I can't get it for you, but I tried." I said, "Okay, whatever." I don't know if it was still in the back of my head or what. I just let it go. Lo and behold, this past Saturday, a box came to my mom. I said, "Mom, what's this box?" She said, "Open it and find out." It's a candle warmer.
Christine: She found one online.
Brandon: That's a current level goal.
Justin: That's outstanding. That's a current level goal. That's really neat.
Brandon: It could be very simple. It could be very nonmagical in appearance, like you're at the store and say, "I'd like to have that" and then you buy it.
Christine: I've done that, too.
Brandon: It could be like with Christine, where you say, "I really like that," and then it comes. There's all sorts of possibilities.
Christine: I didn't think it would. I thought that was the end of it, but I wasn't upset.
Should You Keep Goals Private?
Brandon: Exactly. The more you explore this, the more you really use current level goals and achieve them, it builds up your confidence in magic. It is magical. Really observe how you've gotten your current level goals in your life already, and practice getting them. Don't make it a huge deal. A lot of times, people will....This is why I never do these challenges. There's this book where it gives you these experiments to do. Ask the universe for anything you want, and say for it to come in 2 days. The moment you say, "I'm testing it. It's going to happen," it's not going to happen because you're putting pressure on yourself now. It has to happen or else I've failed at this experiment. That's why I've always kept my goals private. I don't know why I did this. The only goal I didn't keep private was the job.
Christine: Which is your biggest!
Brandon: I don't know why I didn't keep that one private. I mean, eventually, I did care what happened, but initially I was just like, "Hey, this is an interesting thing. Let's see what happens."
Justin: That's good, though.
Brandon: Right. I did share that one, but by and large I don't share my goals.
Christine: You just wanted everyone...
Justin: That's your style. That shows you can get it out of the way. I've read some books that say you're supposed to tell people about your goals. "Tell people about it." I don't like to. I am careful who I tell. If I tell anyone, it's going to be someone I know won't mess it up. Even then, to know, to will, to dare, to keep silent. Now when the goal's on the way and I know it's coming, there's the energy, it's a little different. A lot of times, I've noticed mine will creep up on me without my realizing. I'll look at them and say, "Oh, yeah. I really did want this."
Brandon: It just depends. I don't know if subconsciously I just knew it would happen, but for this one I just felt comfortable with it. I didn't even really worry about "What if it doesn't happen and then?" For me, it was an experiment. If it didn't work, it didn't work. If it doesn't work, then I'll dissect it and see why it didn't work. Or if it didn't work, maybe it just wasn't the right opportunity for me. I didn't know if it was the right opportunity or not. It didn't mean it was a failure of my ability to manifest. It just meant (if that happened) that it wasn't the right opportunity. I don't know why I did it with this one. It's not the norm for me. I won't do that as a rule, but I did for that one. In general, it's harder to try to share goals like that.
Justin: Let me tell you. I just wanted to ask really quick, did you know in October that you could get off the SSI?
Brandon: Absolutely not. No way.
Justin: You just had a belief. Okay.
Brandon: No way. Getting off of SSI was a dream I had for years, something I really really wanted to do.
Christine: I don't know if it was really a belief. You didn't really believe it, or did you?
Brandon: When? Last October? I said no, I did not believe it.
Justin: It was an ultimate level goal.
Brandon: It was an ultimate level goal. That's what I mean. I didn't believe it was possible, that's why it was an ultimate level goal. What happened was, I actually think it was the beginning of last year. Things were going really well. I said, "I'd really like to get off of SSI by the end of this year." I never really set it as a deliberate goal I focused on. It was just something I'd like to do, and I didn't really focus on it much. Then it didn't happen. I'm not surprised because I didn't really focus on it. It seemed way far off.
Then, this year, I said, "I wonder if I could do it by the end of this year because things are moving along." Again, it wasn't really a goal. It was just something I'd like to do one day. Whatever you want to call that. That's an ultimate level goal, really. Something I'd like to do one day but it's not really within range right now, so I'm not really going to worry about it too much, but I'd like to get there. That's really what an ultimate level goal will feel like, too: something I'd like to do one day, it's not really within the realm of possibility right now. A way of looking at this: inspiring should always be there. All your goals should be inspiring.
Justin: Yes, absolutely.
Brandon: You have this balance between believable and challenging. If it's not challenging at all, it's a current level. If it's challenging and believable, which is the perfect balance, it's next level. If it's really challenging and not believable at all, your subconscious will give up, and it's an ultimate level. "That'd be nice to have one day." That's what that is. It's not even believable. You can't even imagine it. It's like saying, "Get to Mars one day." It's the same sort of impossible thing. I can't even fathom it, but I know that eventually I want that to happen. That's what an ultimate level goal feels like. You can't really fathom it as a possibility to even get frightened about it. I'd like to have it, but it's not believable. It is very challenging, but so challenging that it's not believable, so you won't even entertain the possibility of it. Last October and all last year, I knew that was something I'd like to do one day, but I also knew it wasn't within the realm of possibility at the time.
Justin: Yes, I've got you.
Brandon: Again, what I did was step up step by step by step by step. When I actually set the goal, it was pretty scary. There was a lot of trepidation there, but it was definitely within the realm of possibility, if just barely. On the Goal Difficulty Scale, it was maybe a 6.
Christine: Really? I thought it was higher.
Brandon: Maybe a 7. I'm sort of between 6 or 7. It wasn't higher than that because it was definitely next level. I would say a 6 because I was moving along pretty well and I knew anything could happen.
Justin: October, it was a 6?
Brandon: No, from last month in March.
Justin: Last month, I'm sorry.
Brandon: From October, it'd be like a 9.
Justin: Last month was a 6. That's what I was wanting to hear.
Brandon: From October, it'd be like a 9. "I don't know how that's going to happen." From last month, it was like a 6. Then within a month. Just because it's a higher level next level goal like a 6 or 7 doesn't mean you can't get it in a month or so. [laughs] It was definitely kind of scary. That's just how it was. Believable and challenging--if you have both of those and it feels kind of scary, that's a next level goal. If it's so challenging that it's not even believable and you can't even entertain the possibility of it, then it's an ultimate level goal that you can't even imagine. Your subconscious will just give up.
Justin: Ultimate level goal--it sounded like some of them graduate messes I went through. Oh, my goodness. [laughs]
Brandon: This is the first ultimate level goal I've achieved, really. You're only going to have so many in one lifetime. Ultimate level goals are pretty significant.
Justin: They're life-changers. They're transition points.
Brandon: Right. I do have another, but it's one of those things like I can't even fathom it.
Christine: Do I know what this is?
Brandon: No, you don't know what this is. It's financial, but more of the same. I won't give the level. There is another ultimate level goal. I'll just have to step up, step up. An ultimate level goal--you won't feel super urgency to get there right now. Not usually, just because it's so far out of the range. I'd like to do that, but I don't know how it's going to happen.
Christine: You got your ultimate level goal in 7 months, so who knows?
Brandon: That's what I mean.
The Problem with Using Timeframes to Measure Goal Level
Justin: Another thing I wanted to know. For me, what do you think about this? I'm not aiming specifically at a PhD yet. I know I can get it. I don't think that's an ultimate level goal.
Brandon: It seems like a next level.
Justin: It feels like it's next level. The distinction I want to make is, the amount of work it takes is not going to get you there in 1 to 3 months.
Brandon: That's what I mean. The timeframe is not necessarily the best. That will apply for most goals. Someone did mention. There was someone in the comments quite a while ago. I don't remember who it was at this point. They may or may not be in this class. I don't know. If you are, hello. This person--I think it was a she--said something like, "What about going to college or getting married or things like that that we all want to do? Those seem like current level goals, but they can't happen in a week."
Christine: Current level?
Brandon: Yes. I said, "First of all, those are absolutely not current level goals. Those are at least next level goals. I grant you, it won't happen in 1 to 3 months, but just because you know you can do it doesn't mean it's a current level goal. A current level goal has no effort. Graduating college takes a great deal of effort."
Justin: That's a tremendous amount of effort.
Brandon: It is. It takes a great deal of changing your own subconscious structures. There's a difference between theoretically wanting to go to college and actually applying and going there and going through the transitional process. Same with marriage. I'll talk to marriage, because for me...
Christine: Don't pick on me too much.
Brandon: No, it's just in general. Marriage is hard.
Christine: Oh, yeah.
Brandon: There's a difference between saying, "Yes, I want to get married one day and I know it's possible" and actually meeting that person, dating, getting engaged, getting married, moving in together, building a life together, merging your bank accounts. We have a joint bank account. Putting all your money together, splitting up everything. There's a total absolute difference between theoretical wanting to get married one day and actually doing it.
Christine: You do it, and then it's like...
Brandon: Getting married is absolutely a next level goal. Staying married is a next level goal because it takes work.
Christine: It does.
Brandon: I wouldn't say ultimate. Maybe for some people.
Christine: People have this idea in their heads. I get married. That's the end. Now I don't have to do anything. It's like getting confirmed or something.
Brandon: It's not the end at all. It's the beginning.
Christine: And you drive each other nuts.
Justin: Martial arts. Now it's the beginning because now you have permission to actually start learning.
Brandon: Exactly. That is where I wanted to come from with this. The timeframe is not necessarily accurate. It's just most times. If it's not time-sensitive, like where you have to study for four years to get through college, or where you have to find someone to date, date them, and then get engaged to them. Probably not going to happen in 3 months. It could. I've seen examples of it.
The point is that in general it's going to take more than 3 months to get married or to graduate college or whatnot. The timeframes are just guidelines. That's why I developed this Goal Difficulty Scale. That will tell you, providing that you're careful about the ultimate level and feel that out (if it's really high and yet feels good to think about, that's probably ultimate level). That's why I say ask yourself how easy it would be to achieve tomorrow. That would hopefully bring the energy more immediately to your attention and tell you how difficult it would be. The Goal Difficulty Scale will definitely tell you more accurately where your goal is and how to approach that.
The last thing I wanted to talk about with the levels of goals: I was talking about current level was just thinking it. We'll talk about the other two. Next level is (this is just very general; we'll talk about specific techniques next class; we'll introduce the reality control room and all that) going to feel scary. It's that balance of believable and challenging. You know you can do it, but it's pretty scary.
My first goal in October was pretty scary. My goal in December I remember was super scary. I overestimated what I thought was going to be easy. [laughs] What I'll do is say, "This month it should be easy to be able to make this much. So I'll add a bit to that and that will be my next level goal for this month." I'll add 10 or 20% to that. I'll be able to do that this month. In December, I inaccurately estimated what we would make that month without any extra magical ability by a good margin. [laughs] I had already chosen my next level goal. I was like, "Oh, my goodness. I don't know how I'm going to do this." I thought about dropping it down a little bit, 20% or so. I tried it anyway. It tore me apart, but I did it.
Justin: Might as well just give it a whirl.
Brandon: Might as well try it. The thing is, I'm not a good loser, so I don't not achieve my goals very gracefully. [laughs] I really take them seriously is what I'm saying. It was a really big push.
Christine: Takes him some days to recover.
Brandon: It doesn't happen much because I usually achieve my goals.
Christine: I'm just saying if you...
Brandon: If I'm disappointed in something, yes.
General Points about Technique
Brandon: Next level is going to feel scary. If it feels scary, it's next level. The bigger the next level, the scarier it's going to feel. You'll be able to intuitively know where your goal is by the feelings and describing here, too. Hopefully it really clarifies things also. If it feels scary, then it's a next level, period. That's what you want to work on. Again, next level doesn't mean just one level up. I call it "next level," but next level just means I can easily get this in a short period of time, like a few months. Or with a small amount of changing my subconscious structures, I can get to this level. But it could be 2, 3, 4 levels up. It's just something I can get to without too much incredible effort, where my subconscious can at least fathom how it's possible. That's next level. That, again, will feel scary. Those techniques to do that, you can't just think about it once and you're done. It has to be a day by day by day by day thing, or in my case postpone it to the last half of the month and then really push at it. That's my approach, but I'm not proud of it.
Christine: Don't try it at home.
Brandon: [laughs] In general, it takes regular focusing, preferably once or twice a day. Again, don't follow in my footsteps. Preferably once or twice a day. It takes regular focusing. It will be hard. It will be scary. It will feel very tough. You will feel tension. We'll talk about structural tension and all that kind of stuff in the next class. You will feel that tension pulling you forward. If you have that tension, that's good. That's another sign of a next level goal. You feel that tension. We talked about this in support call #35: not obsession or resistance or anxiety, but tension. It's this positive sort of thing where this is where I want to be, this is where I am now, but it's a bit of work to get there.
Christine: I call it "constructive anxiety."
Justin: Yes. No. Yes. When you're doing those goals or whatever, I think in the support call we said you feel the tension when you drop it or you feel the tension during the actual energy work for the goal.
Brandon: You feel the tension. Generally, you're going to feel very good. We'll talk about this more in the technique section. You'll feel very good when you're focusing on it. That's easy. Once you drop it, you'll see where you are now, and there's a natural tension that sets up.
Justin: Kind of how it works for me.
Brandon: You might feel a bit of that tension, too, while you're focusing on it. That's okay. That might be there, but that's okay. Don't try to get rid of it. But in general, you'll get to a place of feeling pretty good about it when you're focusing. You'll actually feel very positive. Then once you're done, the tension will get set up because you'll know where you are now. You know you're not there yet. That's why you have to not fake it. That's important, too.
The last part (I know we're over time) is the ultimate level goal. This one, I know some people really want a clarification on. The ultimate level is just a whole bunch of next level goals stacked on top of one another. Take my example of my financial goals. I built it up and built it up and built it up, and then eventually I was able to say, "Yes, I want to be off SSI." It's a dream I'd had for years, and I got it within 7 months but not all at once. You have to split up an ultimate level goal into bite-size pieces where you can achieve this within a short period of time (a few months). It feels scary. Each level feels a bit scary, but it's not to the level of "Oh my gosh, I don't know how I'm going to do this."
A few things. People are confusing these chunked-down, bite-size pieces next level goals that build up to an ultimate level goal for the detail and the "how." People will say, "What if I don't know how the ultimate level goal is going to happen?" I'm not saying you'll know how it will happen.
Christine: Brandon didn't at all.
Brandon: I had no idea how mine would happen. Let's say, like I said, your ultimate level goal is making $100,000 a year. Maybe right now you're making $30,000 or $40,000. That's a pretty big difference. You can't do it all at once. You want to build your way up there, 50, 60, 70, 80 whatever. Whatever jumps are comfortable for you. Then you build your way up. It's harder to translate for different goals, I know, but you want basically each next level goal to bring you closer. That doesn't mean it's a how. That just means it brings you another step closer to the ultimate level goal. Here's the important part: each next level goal that leads to the ultimate level goal should also feel inspiring, believable, and challenging. It should be something you actually want, not just a step to your ultimate level. Each one you have to celebrate and really get excited about. Not to say this is the final stop, but to say this is one stop along the way and I really do want this particular thing. It's just I'm going to move on next and get something better.
Christine: It's like running a marathon. They give you water and encourage you every 5 or 10 miles. They give you water. "You can do it, you can do it."
Brandon: Yes. Talk about this in the comments. Give your specific goals if you want to. We'll talk about it. I might not be able to help with specific examples if I don't know the situation that well, but it's not detail. It's just what would help get me closer to there or what would make my ultimate level goal feel more possible. If I were the person who was able to get that ultimate level goal, what would I have needed to do first to make it feel more possible? It doesn't have to be practical steps. Those are more the detail. Some people have given examples, and the examples you give are more detail-oriented. You don't really feel excited about that specific detail, so that's not really....You should be able to split it up.
Christine: Like what goals do you want to make first instead of what steps. What little goals do you want to make?
Brandon: A good example might be if you want to one day become a successful author. That's an ultimate level goal because you can't even imagine how it's possible. Before you become a successful author, you first need to write a book. That's a next level goal. That's required. There's no universe where you can become a successful author without writing a book, unless you get a ghost writer.
Justin: Yes, you can get a ghost writer.
Brandon: Yes, but in general, you need to get a book out there. That's your first thing, whether you're self-published or you find a publisher. You need to get a book out there. Then you need to get people to buy the book. Then you need to write another book. [laughs] This is the process. You have to do those steps. You can't just, "Oh, I am a successful author." You can't just do that. You have to take one step at a time. But each step is going to feel good. "Oh, I wrote a book! That's awesome! Oh, people are buying my book! That's amazing! Oh, look, I'm writing another book! That's awesome!" Each step should feel really good.
Brandon: Each step along the path to your goal should be joyful in general, and should also by itself feel joyful. Each step should feel exciting, and the ultimate goal will feel even more exciting. But each step along the way should feel exciting, inspiring, and motivating as well. It's hard to describe without getting into specific examples, but that's a good example, I think: becoming a successful author. It takes multiple steps, and you have to chunk it down. You can't just do it in one day or even 3 months. It takes time, but you can do it. That metaphor or proverb--what's the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Christine: I've never heard that one.
Brandon: Never heard that one?
Justin: I have.
Brandon: Not that you actually would. That is what it's all about. You have to pare it down like that and let yourself take it one step at a time. That's what it takes to do all that. Hopefully that all makes sense. I know this is not the most fun to talk about these specific examples, your goals, what kind of goals they are. Next class I promise we'll get into much more exciting, specific techniques. But you need to know your goal and what type of goal it is and how to best get there. I gave the general pathways and practice you need to take on to achieve your specific goal, no matter what type of goal it is. Now we'll get into more specifics next class.
I hope everyone enjoyed this. If you have question, as always feel free to comment on the class. We'll be happy to answer them. If you need to get into a specific example, that's fine. Feel free to comment and ask about the material. I know there's a lot of stuff here. Some of it's old. Some of it's newer stuff. I hope it clarifies. I really wanted to clarify how to tell what kind of goal you're dealing with. I hope that we were able to do that here. I hope everyone enjoyed this. Thank you for listening in, and we will see you in the next class. Bye, everyone.