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The Tao of Goal Setting: 6 Flow Precepts for Effortless Success

The Tao is a complex, yet simple, way of being. The Tao cannot be defined, and in trying to define it, the concept is actually lost.

This Chinese philosophy is accredited to the 6th-century BC sage, Laozi (Lao Tzu). His text, the Tao Te Ching, is poetic teaching on the nature of the universe and living in harmony with its flow.

Artistic depiction of Lao Tzu

The Tao is something experienced, beyond language, beyond small minds looking for easy to grasp ideas. It’s ever-flowing, ever-present, and always.

There are many layers to what the Tao is and isn’t, but the philosophy is worth exploring, reading, studying and applying as you explore the nature of “self.”

What I’ve found most useful in exploring the Tao, is actually in its paradox, especially when it comes to “manifesting”, and the art of Flow Consciousness.

I first heard of Flow Consciousness about 5-years ago, when I was introduced to it by my friend, and colleague, Justin Faerman.

See Justin speak on the Ultimate Return on Investment during Rich Roll’s panel at Well-being in the Modern Age 2019.

Justin is an international speaker, serial entrepreneur and consciousness researcher working to create large-scale shifts in human consciousness, integrate high-level intuitional skills more deeply into the business world and everyday life and deliver solutions-focused media to a global audience. He is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and the Flow Consciousness Institute and a sought after teacher, known for his pioneering work in the area of flow and the mechanics of consciousness. 

So, what is Flow?

In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Source: Wikipedia.com

Below, Justin explores some helpful tips in applying this consciousness, infused with a Taoist approach to your goal-setting practice.

To learn more about this work, please visit: FlowConsciousnessInstitute.com

The Tao of Goal Setting: 6 Flow Precepts for Effortless Success by Justin Faerman

Wave on sunset. Nature composition. Element of design.

As a new decade looms before us, you may be tempted to set some audacious goals. May the following precepts help you achieve them with spectacularly effortless success. 🙏


Those who set goals from the mind limit their success.

Those who set goals from inspiration know no limits to their success.


The foolish man sets his goal and tries to figure out how to achieve it.

The wise man sets his sights on joy and his goal achieves itself.


The foolish man believes that without planning nothing can be achieved.

The wise man plans to be as flexible as the goal demands


The foolish work long and hard to achieve their goals.

The wise follow their bliss no matter how much work is involved.


The foolish set goals they think will bring fulfillment.

The wise only set goals once they have found fulfillment


The foolish think that goals are achieved by moving in straight lines.

The wise know that goals are exceeded by following the path of least resistance.

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