Goal Setting

It’s that time of the year when New Years resolutions have already gone belly up and people start feeling a bit down because they threw in the towel so early.

“Why don’t I have any willpower?”  may be what you are asking yourself as one more diet goes down in flames and you’ve started to wonder if you’ll ever get the results you dream of.

I’m a big fan of goal setting but I also realize that sometimes those goals become more frustrating and depressing than inspiring.  (I know this all too well with my constant battle to get rid of sugar!)

I’ve been working on some new ways to achieve my goals thanks to the brilliance of Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map (don’t hesitate – get it).  But I’ve also added a tarot spin to it so that I can better understand how to achieve my aims with less aggravation and shame.

Here’s my process:  I took some time to contemplate questions around achieving my vision of a sugar free future.  I then wrote the questions down, shuffled my cards and drew one card for each question.  These are the results:

The Questions:

  • What do I need to know about my goal?
  • What obstacles may hinder my ability to achieve my goal?
  • What is the best way for me to reach my goal?

Goal Setting With Tarot

The Reading:

What do I need to know about my goal? 9 of Cups – this is traditionally seen as the “wish card” so immediately I interpreted this as yes, I can achieve this goal if I really want it.  I need to ask myself then: is this something I really want?  After contemplating, I know that the answer is yes.  I have a family history of diabetes and the last thing I want is to end up on that train.  This card also has another meaning – indulgence. I realize that sugar is a “treat”, a reward, an indulgence that adds a little sweet into my day.  Perhaps I need to consider another way to give myself a little boost.  (Thinking about spa adventures right about now…)

What obstacles may hinder my ability to achieve my goal? Ace of Pentacles – this is a very  positive card and initially, I thought – excellent, no problems.  But then I meditated on the image of the hand with the big ole coin in it and thought: I have enablers around me!  Ack!  I may need to be very careful that my loved ones don’t inadvertently sabotage my efforts by showing up with treats and temptations!   (The last time I was on a sugar detox, I got completely derailed when I won a cupcake!)

What is the best way for me to reach my goal? Page of Wands – A new, creative approach is needed.  It may be time for me to learn new habits so rather than denial, I simply start replacing this sugar addiction with something better.  Baby steps is the way to go rather than my usual cold turkey method (that’s how I quit smoking and Mountain Dew).  Pages are about learning – so this is about me retraining myself.  Awesome!

Whether you try my simple tarot reading to support your goals or create an entirely new spread based on questions that may better suit your mission, tarot can be a great ally in moving forward with your intentions.

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” ~ Paulo Coelho



© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2013

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