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SAFE Goals


You'll recognize the logical structure of SMART goal setting for its dependence on left-brain logical and analytical processes. But what if you're more right-brain, creatively oriented? That's where SAFE comes in. SAFE is an acronym (my left brain is still in play here) for a creative goal setting process especially useful for right-brain-oriented people. But left-brain, analytical and logical thinkers will also benefit from using SAFE.

The right side of our brains furnish our big-picture processes, helping us grasp total situations, reach overall insights, and see creative, alternative solutions. The right side also houses our faith-based spiritual thinking. These strengths are very powerful, so it makes sense that we can use them to our goal achievement advantage.

SAFE stands for

•See the end result
•Accept the end result
•Feel the end result
•Express the end result

See it, Accept it, Feel it, and Express it!

See it: Picture the future as it will be when your goal is achieved. See it in great detail and full color. If your goal is weight loss, see yourself standing in front of a mirror at your new weight. And looking good! See yourself being admired by others for your new appearance. Put yourself in clothing you might never wear now, but looks good on the new you.

Accept it: Accept means that you open yourself to attaining the goal AND you are 100% certain that it will occur. This is critical to goal attainment because it ensures that you have no doubts. You may not know exactly how you'll achieve your goal, but you have no doubt about achieving it; it will happen and you know it. There's some faith and magic at work here, so open yourself to the power of the Universe to bring you what you want.

Feel it: Goal attainment is more about attracting what we want than chasing what we want. Attraction is strengthened by combining the mental power of thinking about the goal (seeing and accepting) with the emotional power of the feelings you'll have when the goal is achieved. As you visualize yourself having achieved the goal, allow yourself to feel the accompanying emotions. The stronger the emotion the stronger the attraction to the goal.

Express it: Use your full powers of expression to cement your end result in place. Describe it verbally, telling yourself all about it. Write about it. Describe in vivid detail every aspect of how your life looks after the goal is achieved. Capture your feelings in words, too. Draw it, paint it, create a collage that describes and depicts it. Place your writing and pictures where you'll see them every day.

Using SAFE brings into play the full power of your brain, primarily building on right-brain strengths, but using left-brain functions too. Using SAFE in goal setting harnesses your full creative powers.

If you're naturally right-brain dominant, using SAFE will build on your strengths.

Sources http://suite101.com/...-setting-a10194


Thoughts? Hope this helps.

God bless,
GE




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For reference see also SMART Goals: http://www.worthychr...36-smart-goals/

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Good info! Goals are long-term, mid-term, and short-term. They should begin with the long-term - eternity.

"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
-Yogi Berra

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Psychology is a religion, man's religion.
A religion that I came out of years ago.

Some of the "religion" that I see in this article that is contrary to God's Word:

"See it: Picture the future as it will be when your goal is achieved. See it in great detail and full color."
-This comes very close to visualization, a technique that is New Age.

"Accept it: Accept means that you open yourself to attaining the goal AND you are 100% certain that it will occur."
-We are not 100% sure about anything in this life.
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
James 4:13-15

"Feel it: Goal attainment is more about attracting what we want than chasing what we want. Attraction is strengthened by combining the mental power of thinking about the goal (seeing and accepting) with the emotional power of the feelings you'll have when the goal is achieved. As you visualize yourself having achieved the goal, allow yourself to feel the accompanying emotions. The stronger the emotion the stronger the attraction to the goal."
-I don't know where to begin here... "attracting what we want," "mental power," "visualize yourself having achieved the goal..."

"Express it: Use your full powers of expression to cement your end result in place. Describe it verbally, telling yourself all about it. Write about it. Describe in vivid detail every aspect of how your life looks after the goal is achieved. Capture your feelings in words, too. Draw it, paint it, create a collage that describes and depicts it. Place your writing and pictures where you'll see them every day."
-This IS a fair description of "Christianized" New Age Visualization.

Psychology is all about man helping man.
Jer 17:5a Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm

"Self Esteem" is not found in Scripture.

Of the two places "esteem" is found in the New Testament, it is associated with "lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves" and for for those who truly labor amongst us with the rightly divided Gospel message, esteeming "them very highly in love for their work's sake"

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:1-8

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-13

For the Christian, the real change of mind starts here:
Mark 12:30-31
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Rom 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, (with God's Word) that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Similar psychological teaching over at the "Smart Goals" link.

Ultimately "psychology" points us away from Christ and towards the help of man made religion.
Psychology is something fairly "new" to the church, and was not needed for over 1900 years.
It still is not needed today!
Because it is considered (pseudo) "scientific" sadly much of the Church has embraced it. It is about as "scientific" as Evolution.

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Psychology is a religion, man's religion.
A religion that I came out of years ago.

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Interesting thoughts B3L13v3R. I will pray about my response.

God bless,
GE

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SAFE Goals


You'll recognize the logical structure of SMART goal setting for its dependence on left-brain logical and analytical processes. But what if you're more right-brain, creatively oriented? That's where SAFE comes in. SAFE is an acronym (my left brain is still in play here) for a creative goal setting process especially useful for right-brain-oriented people. But left-brain, analytical and logical thinkers will also benefit from using SAFE.

The right side of our brains furnish our big-picture processes, helping us grasp total situations, reach overall insights, and see creative, alternative solutions. The right side also houses our faith-based spiritual thinking. These strengths are very powerful, so it makes sense that we can use them to our goal achievement advantage.

SAFE stands for

•See the end result
•Accept the end result
•Feel the end result
•Express the end result

See it, Accept it, Feel it, and Express it!

See it: Picture the future as it will be when your goal is achieved. See it in great detail and full color. If your goal is weight loss, see yourself standing in front of a mirror at your new weight. And looking good! See yourself being admired by others for your new appearance. Put yourself in clothing you might never wear now, but looks good on the new you.

Accept it: Accept means that you open yourself to attaining the goal AND you are 100% certain that it will occur. This is critical to goal attainment because it ensures that you have no doubts. You may not know exactly how you'll achieve your goal, but you have no doubt about achieving it; it will happen and you know it. There's some faith and magic at work here, so open yourself to the power of the Universe to bring you what you want.

Feel it: Goal attainment is more about attracting what we want than chasing what we want. Attraction is strengthened by combining the mental power of thinking about the goal (seeing and accepting) with the emotional power of the feelings you'll have when the goal is achieved. As you visualize yourself having achieved the goal, allow yourself to feel the accompanying emotions. The stronger the emotion the stronger the attraction to the goal.

Express it: Use your full powers of expression to cement your end result in place. Describe it verbally, telling yourself all about it. Write about it. Describe in vivid detail every aspect of how your life looks after the goal is achieved. Capture your feelings in words, too. Draw it, paint it, create a collage that describes and depicts it. Place your writing and pictures where you'll see them every day.

Using SAFE brings into play the full power of your brain, primarily building on right-brain strengths, but using left-brain functions too. Using SAFE in goal setting harnesses your full creative powers.

If you're naturally right-brain dominant, using SAFE will build on your strengths.


Thoughts? Hope this helps.


Sources: http://suite101.com/...-setting-a10194

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Wow thanks I can use this a bank transaction...
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Sorry brother I don't get it... Lol?

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Sorry brother I don't get it... Lol?

safe... bank transaction... holdup... sillyness! LOL

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Some things shouldn't be joked about sorry family carnal moment! Love, Steven

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Psychology is a religion, man's religion.
A religion that I came out of years ago.

Some of the "religion" that I see in this article that is contrary to God's Word:

"See it: Picture the future as it will be when your goal is achieved. See it in great detail and full color."
-This comes very close to visualization, a technique that is New Age.

"Accept it: Accept means that you open yourself to attaining the goal AND you are 100% certain that it will occur."
-We are not 100% sure about anything in this life.
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
James 4:13-15

"Feel it: Goal attainment is more about attracting what we want than chasing what we want. Attraction is strengthened by combining the mental power of thinking about the goal (seeing and accepting) with the emotional power of the feelings you'll have when the goal is achieved. As you visualize yourself having achieved the goal, allow yourself to feel the accompanying emotions. The stronger the emotion the stronger the attraction to the goal."
-I don't know where to begin here... "attracting what we want," "mental power," "visualize yourself having achieved the goal..."

"Express it: Use your full powers of expression to cement your end result in place. Describe it verbally, telling yourself all about it. Write about it. Describe in vivid detail every aspect of how your life looks after the goal is achieved. Capture your feelings in words, too. Draw it, paint it, create a collage that describes and depicts it. Place your writing and pictures where you'll see them every day."
-This IS a fair description of "Christianized" New Age Visualization.

<snip>

Similar psychological teaching over at the "Smart Goals" link.


You have presented some valid points brother.

Are you saying having goals (goal setting), dreams (example: I’d like to be a doctor or nurse one day), etc. is psychology and therefore evil? Please clarify.

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Hi GoldenEagle,

I don't think it's the 'Goals' aspect of your info that B3L13v3R is objecting to; it is the visualization aspect. Visualization is a hallmark of the New Age 'religion' of self, a la The Secret. That stuff was actually hijacked from older stuff from the 1920's called 'New Thought' (Google it for lots of info). The main problem with visualization, as I see it, is that it WORKS. But at what price, and in lieu of what and Whom?

Many Christians have used some form of visualization. They argue that in rejecting visualization, the church is ignoring aspects of the creative imagination that are really legitimate. The comments of researcher Stanley Dokupil are perhaps relevant:

One of the reasons the New Agers are making such inroads is that the evangelical church has proven itself to be unimaginative, and overly linear in its thinking. The unconscious is real and there are powers there I believe that are not necessarily evil. Certain individuals by their nature are more inclined toward the full use of their imaginations than others, artists, therapists, certain other creative types, etc. If the church doesn’t provide a discerning guidance for these people, other than outright dismissal of all borderline phenomena as satanic, then the church is not only poorer for having lost these people but will have to pay for it by having God’s gifts used against His own church. The works of Jonathan Edwards, such as Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God, The Distinguishing Marks of a Word of the Spirit of God, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, as well as Elizabeth Winslow’s biography of Edwards are very informative here.


These articles contain some very good info, and you may find them interesting:

http://www.equip.org...ation-part-one/
http://www.equip.org...ation-part-two/

Edited by ChazzC, 19 December 2012 - 07:03 AM.


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Hi GoldenEagle,

I don't think it's the 'Goals' aspect of your info that B3L13v3R is objecting to; it is the visualization aspect. Visualization is a hallmark of the New Age 'religion' of self, a la The Secret. That stuff was actually hijacked from older stuff from the 1920's called 'New Thought' (Google it for lots of info). The main problem with visualization, as I see it, is that it WORKS. But at what price, and in lieu of what and Whom?


Many Christians have used some form of visualization. They argue that in rejecting visualization, the church is ignoring aspects of the creative imagination that are really legitimate. The comments of researcher Stanley Dokupil are perhaps relevant:

One of the reasons the New Agers are making such inroads is that the evangelical church has proven itself to be unimaginative, and overly linear in its thinking. The unconscious is real and there are powers there I believe that are not necessarily evil. Certain individuals by their nature are more inclined toward the full use of their imaginations than others, artists, therapists, certain other creative types, etc. If the church doesn’t provide a discerning guidance for these people, other than outright dismissal of all borderline phenomena as satanic, then the church is not only poorer for having lost these people but will have to pay for it by having God’s gifts used against His own church. The works of Jonathan Edwards, such as Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God, The Distinguishing Marks of a Word of the Spirit of God, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections, as well as Elizabeth Winslow’s biography of Edwards are very informative here.


These articles contain some very good info, and you may find them interesting:

http://www.equip.org...ation-part-one/
http://www.equip.org...ation-part-two/


Interesting articles. So in view of this is visualization in sports evil? Basketball coaches typically encourage players to visualize a free-throw being made for example... I wonder what your or B3L13v3R thoughts are?

Keep in mind I didn't write the article of the OP of the thread... It's simply taken from the link and possibly slightly re-worded.

God bless you.

In Christ,
GE

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You have presented some valid points brother.

Are you saying having goals (goal setting), dreams (example: I’d like to be a doctor or nurse one day), etc. is psychology and therefore evil? Please clarify.


No, not at all. Goal setting is fine, but as Christians when we set our goals, we commit them to the Lord, who can, and at times does change them.

The dreams you mention, are fine as well, if within perspective of the Bible.
But the article suggest "you" as bringing about the goals, dreams, and change "you" selfishly want.
Not a Christian man who would submit "his" will to the will of "God."

Similar to goals, dreams should be committed to the Lord.
At times, they may come about, but if not, it's OK as we continue to trust in God Almighty.

It should be less of us, and more of Him:
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
Luke 9:23-25

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

The problem with the articles, is they are in fact leaning on man, without trust towards God at all. As the articles stand, they speak of a person who is very alive in the world without Christ, only serving the god of self. They do more than lean towards the occult, calling on "visualization" techniques to bring about the individuals goals and dreams.

Oh, hey ChazzC welcome to Worthy! :)
And yes, you hit it on the head in part to be sure. "The Secret" is on my DVD shelf marked with permanent marker on the outside as "New Age Heresy Reference."
After watching it, I thought how similar it's teachings were to "The Word of (false) Faiths" teachers that are in abundance today.
One of the men in the film is "Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul" who whole heatedly is embraced in a number of churches and Christian book stores, through his various "Chicken Soup" books. He also is a complete and utter demonic New Ager, as he embraces "The Secret" whole heartedly. Even when you open the DVD case, there is a "genie" there awaiting you who states "Your Wish is my Command..."

The CRI references you gave were great. I have not seen these, but the two of them gave a great synopsis of the subject of visualization.

One of CRI's "main" books in the past at least was entitled "Kingdom of the Cults." Still on my bookshelf, it comes recommended. It is a help for those wanting to understand a variety of cults and what they think, so that we as Christians can reach out to them with His Biblical Truth, countering their error.

On looking at your first and second links, Jack Canfield was mentioned a number of times as well!

"Jack Canfield is Director of Educational Services for Insight Training Seminars in Santa Monica, California, past president of the Association for Humanistic Education, and consultant to over 150 schools, universities, and mental health organizations. In “The Inner Classroom: Teaching with Guided Imagery,” he asserts: “Guided imagery is a very powerful psychological tool which can be used to achieve a wide variety of educational objectives: enhance self-esteem, expand awareness, facilitate psychological growth and integration, evoke inner wisdom, increase empathy, expand creativity, increase memory, facilitate optimal performance, evoke a more positive attitude, and accelerate the learning of subject matter.”

"The Church. Not unexpectedly, the modern impact of visualization in health, science, education, psychotherapy, and other areas has resulted in visualization techniques being used by more and more Christians. Jon Trott and Eric Pement note that “visualization exercises are increasingly finding their way into Christian churches.”32 In The Seduction of Christianity, author Dave Hunt devotes two chapters to the harmful influence of visualization within the church. He observes, “‘Visualization’ and ‘Guided Imagery’ have long been recognized by sorcerers of all kinds as the most powerful and effective methodology for contacting the spirit world in order to acquire supernatural power, knowledge and healing. Such methods are neither taught or practiced in the Bible as helps to faith or prayer.”33

Hunt distinguishes visualization proper from the nonoccult use of the imagination. He observes:

The visualization we are concerned with is an ancient witchcraft technique that has been at the heart of shamanism for thousands of years, yet is gaining increasing acceptance in today’s secular world and now more and more within the church. It attempts to use vivid images held in the mind as a means of healing diseases, creating wealth, and otherwise manipulating reality. Strangely enough, a number of Christian leaders teach and practice these same techniques in the name of Christ, without recognizing them for what they are.34"


I thought the wrap up was good at the end of link two:

"Therefore, is the visualization program that seeks to remold human depravity into divinity really based on reality? Whose reality? If a Christian has been forgiven, regenerated, justified, joined to Christ, adopted, and positionally sanctified, how important is a spiritual program of visualization? These doctrines are spiritual realities and facts one need only understand and accept to integrate.47 While the imagination might help a Christian to see such realities as personally true, this perception is not something that needs to be attained through a daily program of visualization.

God has promised Christians many things — that He will finish the work He began in us (Phil. 1:6), that our inner man is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16; 3:18), that we will stand before Him blameless, perfect in body, soul, and spirit — for “the one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24).

Christians are to be renewed daily by the Holy Spirit, prayer, and the Word of God. They are not to be renewed by a transpersonal psychology using Eastern metaphysics or inner work through visualization. The power of the Word of God to build a truly integrated person in those whom it “renews” makes modern visualization pale by contrast. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Where then is the spiritual power of visualization? Will an hour a day of our busy lives be better spent in visualization or in prayer? Will an hour a day be better spent on the therapist’s couch talking to an imaginary “inner Jesus” or in the Word of God hearing from the real Jesus? And what of our children? Will secular or New Age visualization methods in the classroom finally be in their best interests?

In our culture, visualization practices are here to stay. This underscores the necessity for Christians to bring a thoroughgoing, biblical critique to this occult method."


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Interesting articles. So in view of this is visualization in sports evil? Basketball coaches typically encourage players to visualize a free-throw being made for example... I wonder what your or B3L13v3R thoughts are?

Keep in mind I didn't write the article of the OP of the thread... It's simply taken from the link and possibly slightly re-worded.

God bless you.

In Christ,
GE


This too delves towards some of the same visualization that the two CRI articles covered.

Instead of depending solely on talent that has been practiced long and hard for those that excel at sports, "visualization" is looking to mix in with talent.




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