Set your goals, if that is what you wish to do. Pursue them with every ounce of energy and commitment that is within you, if that is what you care to do. But as you do this, know also this: your happiness and internal peace do not depend upon meeting these goals.
You are all that your soul self requires right now, without any alteration of this moment whatsoever. You are all that you need to be right now, this moment. And all the hopes and dreams of the universe are met in you even as you read these words, right now, right here, in this moment, in this instant, exactly as you are. Nothing more is required of you than to be your shining wondrous self, right here, right now.
You are right, you are perfect, you are complete, just as you are. There is nothing missing, nothing lacking. There have been no mistakes. There is no correction required. There is no forgiveness to seek.
You are on a path of learning and growth, not a path to demonstrate some vision of perfection that someone has incorrectly laid out for you. You were as you were. You have had the experiences you have had. And all of it, every moment, every choice, every apparently successful event and every apparent failure as well, have all led you to now, right now, this moment. And this moment is perfect in its unfolding, exactly as it is.
This is a truth we repeat often, but it bears repeating, because everything within you argues against it. You argue against it because of what you are told about continually seeking new ways of being. And you argue against it because of your deep doubt about your essential wonder.
And while it is true that you should seek evolution, you should also understand that evolution is a natural state that happens when you relax and allow yourself to go deep and feel and appreciate your wonder. Evolution is the natural outgrowth of loving yourself, not the natural outgrowth of self-criticism. And so an acceptance of yourself is the shortest path to achieving the ultimate state of perfection you seek, for that perfection already exists within you, right now.
You are perfect exactly as you are. For perfection is simply an acceptance of the wonder of all existence and your place within it.
The only goal you need to have is achievable right now. And that is the goal of self-love. Right now, right here, you may give yourself this gift. It is always yours to give and to have. Just one deep breath, and all the happiness and joy in the universe are within you, right here, right now.
Here is a little prayer for today
I feel who I am right now. I know who I am and feel it completely right here, right now. I am all that I need to be, even as I reach for something higher, even as I stretch and strive, even as I aspire to be more, I know that I am enough, exactly now, exactly as I am, right here, right now.
I give thanks for this moment, right now. It is all that I could ever hope for, right now. I am all that I could ever wish to be, within this perfect moment. For I am the ultimate expression of the universe, made manifest through my glory, right now. I am.