Visualization’s one thing you can use with daily practice to seize your personal goals.
It’s using our imagination which we use all the time for silly things like stressing over the worst that could happen.
What if we converted some of that stressful energy into something productive, something that we actually want , like reaching personal goals?
The science explanation is this, “a cognitive process during which people use their minds to create (or recreate) experiences similar to real life situations.”
- It programs your brain and your subconscious to search for opportunities to help you reach your goal.
- It’s motivating. In your mind, you’ve already achieved your goal and it feels good. And you always want to move toward feeling good, yes?
- It’s a confidence booster. You’ve probably already thought about the worst (and the best) that’s going to happen, and now you’re incredibly prepared and confident.
Visualizing Your Personal Goals
If Olympic athletes use visualization to enhance their performance, you can too. It’s best to do visualization exercises when you’re feeling relaxed. After you wake up in the morning? After meditation? Before going to bed?
Imagine that your goal’s already achieved. What’s around you?Familiar smells? Sights? Weather? How do you feel? The more detailed your imagery, the more powerful it is.
Jack Canfield, the author of Success Principles, suggests “creating a picture of yourself with your goal, as if it were already completed. If one of your goals is to own a new car, take your camera down to your local auto dealer and have a picture taken of yourself sitting behind the wheel of your dream car. If your goal is to visit Paris, find a picture or poster of the Eiffel Tower and cut out a picture of yourself and place it into the picture.”
How to Reinforce Your Personal Goals
Create printed small cards with your written personal goals. Read them throughout the day (or maybe in the morning and in the evening), imagine you’ve already reached your goal, hold that thought for 15 seconds, and repeat with the next card.
You might find this goal planning worksheet useful.
Have you used visualization to reach your personal goals? What did you find most useful?
featured image via Rachel Crowe