Most people tend to look at something important that is desired with a sense of longing, as if they’ll never be able to achieve such a thing. Most people are too afraid to try, lest they fail, but most people are not you. If you want to learn how to achieve happiness in this temporary existence that we share here in this world, you’ll need to learn how to take big projects (big desires!) and break them down into something actionable. There is no use in having Satanic Power if you’re not going to use it for something. There is no point to Satanic Lesser Magic if you’re just going to chaotically mess with people for temporary amusements. Big effort reaps big rewards, but it doesn’t need to be as intimidating to you as it seems to everyone else. Let’s talk about Satanic goal setting. Acronyms are beloved because they’re easy to remember, and I’ve gone ahead and assembled one for you which should hit close to home:
S - A - T - A - N
Select Your Outcome
Arrange Your Plan
Track Your Progress
Adjust for Roadblocks
Never Be Wasteful
(S) - Select Your Outcome
Take a look at any maze. I’m willing to bet that among the first things you did was look for the exit, as you should have. There is no point to starting a journey if you don’t have the end in mind in at least some sense, even if that end is “to get as far away from here as possible!” Goal-setting is no different. You need to pick a specific outcome in order to achieve it. It isn’t enough to say “I want more money,” here you need to select HOW you’re going to be making more money. Selecting your outcome is saying, “I want to make more money with my skills as an artist.” Another example is, “I don’t want to live alone anymore.” That’s novel, nobody likes to be lonely: but what do you want to fill that space with? A pet? A roommate? The more specific here you can be the better. “I want to adopt a german shepherd and a beta fish.” Here’s another one for you, specifically the artists out there who want to make it big. Instead of setting your outcome as, “I want to be famous,” you should define your outcome: “I want to be a famous web comic artist, known all over the internet for my super awesome webcomic.” We’ll pick one example here and move forward with that one to illustrate the next steps since they all build off of one another.
(A) - Arrange Your Plan
We Satanists know that dreaming about things is no way to get them done. We don’t belong on our knees, we belong on our feet, and that’s what this step is all about: creating the path that will help you to achieve what you’re trying to do. Grab a piece of paper—yes, we’re going to do this the old fashioned way! Write your goal at the far right, and put an x on the far left. That X? that’s where you’re starting. Your next job is to imagine what the half-way point is. What do you have to accomplish before you accomplish your goal? In order to achieve a victory in war, you must first win a series of battles. Here you will describe the mini-wins that you’re going to be setting your mind to. In following our example about being the famous web comic artist, the midway point may be: “Have a following of 2,000 people in social media.” This is a good goal because you can measure it, and that’s the next step!
(T) - Track Your Progress
In order to know if what you are doing is working, you need to be able to measure what you’ve done. You need to be able to know what is the right track and what isn’t the right track, and to know how far you’ll allow yourself to go before you need to go back to basics and return to your plan. Tracking your progress can happen in different ways depending on what sort of goal you’re looking at, but I find that numbers are always, always involved. Maybe my goal if I’m an artist, as I mentioned before, is to get 2,000 people following me in social media. That’s a great number, but it’s not as effective without giving it a goal-date. Ideally, when you were “Arranging” how to do this you’ve already decided that you’re going to get these followers by say, doing live-stream art every Wednesday night, but if you don’t say that you want these 2,000 members “by the end of the year,” how will you know if this live-streaming venture is worth the time you’re putting into it? You can track your tactics and you can also track your victories. By setting up certain “checkpoints” through out your plan you can make sure that you are heading in the right direction overall. (If you plan to be famous in 5 years but in 1 year you still don’t have any fans—maybe you shouldn’t be dedicating those other 4 years to this.)
(A) - Adjust for Roadblocks
As meticulous your plan and your tracking is, it is downright impossible to plan for everything that the uncaring universe will throw into your path. Nothing worth achieving is won easily, and your goals are no different. There are people out there who want the same thing as you, but the difference between you and them is that you aren’t going to give up when something springs up at you in surprise. Just like as if you’re on a road trip, you’re not going to turn around and head home because of a detour, no! You will need to maintain flexibility in your quest. You may end up in a pretty strange place that you would never have imagined to be anywhere on the radar when you were first drafting your plan, and at times you need to consider if it’s time for a re-draft. If you get so far off course from your Toronto road trip that you end up in Baltimore from Las Vegas – well, instead of back-tracking, you should create a new plan to help close the distance between where you currently are to where you need to be.
(N) - Never Be Wasteful
Work smart AND work hard. Never flush that down the drain: we all have a certain amount of time to spend on our goal crushing and so you should always maintain perspective about how your journey is going, how far is needed to go, and what resources are expended in the process. Those resources will go to waste if you give up halfway, but if you force yourself toward accomplishing a goal which will never be within your reach you will waste even more resources. Once you achieve your goal, don’t rest on your laurels. Continue to grow, continue to advance and develop yourself. Never grow complacent. On your journey you may find that your original goal was too easily achievable and from your new position you may want to try for something that you never would have considered previously. Go for it. Build a throne of success, but never fall asleep on it.
S - A - T - A - N: Select Your Outcome, Arrange Your Plan, Track Your Progress, Adjust for Roadblocks, and Never Be Wasteful! What will you achieve with this goal setting tactic? Drop me a line, I want to know!
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