What do you want out of life? For some of us, it’s personal improvement. We’d like to lose weight, become stronger and more physically able. Maybe we’d like to achieve something in the world of sports, by winning a race or even running in one.
For others, our goals have to do with our jobs. We want a coveted position, or to seek out something that satisfies on some deeper level. Or maybe it’s to create something, such as writing a book or learning how to paint.
Whatever it is you desire most, the question is, how do you intend to go about getting it? The key? Visualization.
When i was very young I used to trampoline in competition. I would get very nervous during competition, and although I was top in state for many years, once I arrived at the Australian Championships I completely crumbled. I was so nervous I totally bombed my routine every time, to the point that my parents no longer travelled with me. Way to get rid of the folks. Any way long story, someone had told me to visualise my routine and I did, over and over, up in the air, round and round, and it really worked. I went on to win the Australian Open Championships, and yes Mum and Dad missed it!
Visualization takes a goal and makes it concrete and even attainable in our minds. This process is how we bring it about in our lives. How?
Figure Out Your Goal
You’ll go nowhere fast if you don’t know where you’re heading. It’s a lot like getting in a car and expecting to get somewhere without a destination or google maps. All you’ll do is wind up driving aimlessly and getting nowhere fast. To find your goal, ask yourself what you’re passionate about. What’s the one thing you want to do more than any other?
Explore the Details
Next, you’re going to want to explore the goal in depth. Experience it thoroughly by using all of your senses. What do you see when you envision it? How does it feel? What does it smell like or even taste like? What do you hear when you think about it? What emotions come alive in you when you think about reaching this goal?
Plan for Roadblocks
It would be silly to think a goal could be achieved without any kind of trouble along the way. What are the problems you’re most likely going to encounter in this journey? How can you solve them? Include this in your vision.
Visualize it Repeatedly
You need to be familiar with your dream if you wish to achieve it. Visualization is something you need to practice several times a week. Make a daily practice of visualization. Be consistent in this.
Boost Your Success
Still floundering? Try starting visualization with a relaxation exercise. Make sure to cut out distractions, whether internal or external, and layer in a little pep talk to bring up your energy. Your best success comes from setting yourself up to succeed from the start.
By using these tips, you’ll quickly master the fine art of visualization. Remember, this only works if you’re consistent. Stay the course, and soon you’ll be finding success in whatever it is you wish to pursue.