Visualization & Goal Setting – Create your own outcomes

It’s June 26th already – more than halfway through the year! It made me think about the goals I had set for myself at the start of 2013. Many of us forget about those “goals”, or “wishes” that we hope to achieve in a year. If you’re looking for a powerful tool to get you there – this is it!

Visualization

It’s so important to focus on what you want to achieve. many professional athletes use visualization on a regular basis – by imagining themselves playing the game, shooting and scoring, manoevering around other players, and they create in their minds the outcomes they want. This is such an incredibly powerful tool that is undertaught, and therefore underutilized. So many people have dreams, and then push them aside when they come back to “reality”. What is really happening is that the subconscious is telling them that they can never achieve that house on the beach, nice vacation, or great job that they actually look forward to getting up to do. Whatever your dreams are – do you actually believe them? Did you know that you can make it happen? I don’t mean hoping so hard that things will actually come your way. I mean actually setting a path for yourself, and then taking action to get closer.  

Visualization is the creation of an outcome in your mind

So how can you actually use it to get what you want? Here are the steps to using visualization to actually get what you want out of life:

1. Dream It!: Pardon!? Dream it?? That’s right sister (or brother). I want you to get a piece of paper and pen, and sit in a quiet, undisturbed space where you are comfortable. Now close your eyes. Imagine you could do/have/be something that would make you totally and unconditionally happy. I don’t care about what your Ego is telling you. Ignore it for now. Imagine yourself in 10-15 years living your best life.

  • Where are you?
  • Who/what is surrounding you?
  • What are you doing?
  • Do you have a family, community, and/or friends?
  • What does it feel like?

Visualize all of the answers to these questions in your mind, creating an image or video in your mind where you are living your best, happiest, most successful life – whatever that means to you. Visualization is the creation of an outcome in your mind. 

2. Write it down: After getting that image in your head, and holding on to the feelings it invokes inside you, jot down words, pictures or sentences describing the life you see, for about 10 minutes. Get as descriptive and specific as possible, and just let the thoughts flow onto the page, without judgement or so called “reason”. Remain open-minded as you write it down.

3. Break it down into little bits: Once those ideas and images have been captured on paper, you can now break down your dreams into specific goals and create a road-map to get there. Take another piece of paper and write down what you would like to see for yourself in 10 years. Write it in the present tense (so that it is no longer a dream, but a future reality). Some examples include:

  • I own my own successful 7-figure business in which I…
  • I work from home 20 hours per week and make time for myself to practice yoga daily.
  • I am surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends
  • I am financially stable (no debt) and take 3-week vacations to hawaii every year.
  • …etc….

Now take your goals/dreams, and get more specific as to where you need to be in 5 years time to achieve that life in years. Write down specifically, in the present tense, what you are doing. some examples include:

  • I have finished school/training, etc. and am building experience for my business. I work with a business coach to further my business and refine my skills as an entrepreneur
  • I am the owner of a business doing/helping/…etc. and work from home
  • I budget self-care into my life (do yoga 3x/week) and am clear on what I will and won’t afford (created a budget and stick to it)
  • I block off 6 hours every week to see friends and family

And now break it down to one year from now. Write down the things that you are doing to get to those 5 and 10-year achievements. Examples:

  • I am enrolled in a program/class to…
  • I have paid off my credit card/car/student debts
  • I have quit my “day job” to pursue my passion
  • I have lost 20 lbs and am training for a triathlon…
  • …etc….

4. Create a plan: Now you can build a road-map and plan for right now to achieve those goals in one-year. What do you need to do now? What direction are you headed in your career, health, personal life? Where do you need outside help?

5. Share It & Take Action: Now that you’ve created a plan, it’s time to share it with those you love and trust. Once you say the words and explain them to someone, you are creating accountability and also creating a support system. Ask those people for assistance if you need it. Ask them if you can check in with them regularly to keep you on track. If you don’t know you to share it with, at the very least put it on paper in a journal, or write it nicely and put it on your wall so that you see it every day.

I meet with a group of ladies once per month who hold me accountable for what I say I will do in that next month. They inspire me to improve myself, and provide me with support because they know where I’m headed.

6. Create check-ins: Once per month (pick a date and put it in your calendar), check in with your status. Are you on track to your one-year goal? Do you need to seek help from external sources? Do you need to adjust or modify your plans because your goals have changed or circumstances have changed? I meet with a group of ladies once per month who hold me accountable for what I say I will do in that next month. They inspire me to improve myself, and provide me with support because they know where I’m headed.

avoid making excuses for why you might be off track. Be real and honest with yourself

Remember, your goal sheets are a living document – meaning they are not set in stone and if you change, it is alright to change them. That being said, avoid making excuses for why you might be off track. Be real and honest with yourself.

The most important piece of using visualization to achieve your goals is the creation of some path, and taking action to be on the path. Let me be clear: your path DOES NOT have to be perfect. Don’t worry and stall by trying to perfect the process. Just start somewhere, and move towards that dream of yours. Just remember that the perfect path we imagine in our minds is never how it plays out: 

The path to success is never a straight line. Either way you go  - taking action will get you there

The path to success is never a straight line. Either way you go – taking action will get you there

Alright – stop dawdling and start visualizing!!!

Sending nothin’ but Love, 

Leigh

Categories: Change, Self Improvement

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