Dreaming Big: The importance of goal setting and visualization
Did anyone ever tell you “You got to picture it in your head to succeed”? Chances are that you have at least once in your life.
The idea of forming a “picture in your head” is actually not as strange and unrealistic as you might think. We refer to this process as “visualization”, and it can be one of the most powerful weapons in your arsenal when it comes to achieving success.
How does visualization work?
It’s actually very simple. Have you ever just sat in a quiet room, thinking about how your house will look one day, or how your dream car will sound when you put the pedal to the metal? Well, you’ve just practiced the art of visualization!
The idea of visualizing the things you want is one of the key pillars of true success. If you can see something in your mind that you long for, or that you’ve been working towards, chances are, you’ll soon be able to experience it in real life.
What is the link between goalsetting and visualization?
Essentially, they go hand in hand.
It’s one thing setting goals, but it’s another thing actually achieving them. I constantly talk to people who brag to me about how many goals they’ve set for themselves but cannot then ultimately achieve those goals.
This is where visualization comes in. It acts as a motivation tool. You can think of it this way: A car turbo allows for more air to flow through a car engine, therefore boosting the performance of that engine. Visualization is your brain’s turbo because it allows you to devise clear-cut strategies to achieve your goals in the most convenient ways possible.
Let’s face it, a goal means absolutely nothing if you can’t visualize it in your mind. You have to experience that goal as if you are the narrator of your dreams at night. Your visualization has to be so powerful and so profound, that nothing can stop you from reaching the peak of your success.
Here are 5 tips to improve goalsetting and visualization:
- Keep a daily diary in which you write down what daily milestones you have achieved.
- When waking each morning, make sure to write down a ‘to do’ list. This will give every day a clear purpose.
- Exercise, even if it’s just a quick stroll around the block. Movement releases endorphins, which will help you to think clearly and positively.
- Do more reading, broaden your scope of knowledge. You never know when it might come in handy.
- Avoid distractions. I recommend working in a quiet, well-lit room for at least an hour, after which you can take a 10-minute break.
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