Did you visualize your goal? That goal that was really important to you? When you make a goal visual you are more likely to be motivated to do what you want, rather than becoming overwhelmed with how to do it.
Goal visualization is the second tip in this encouraging series recommending how you can feel good at the goals you choose.
The first tip enticed you to use successful habits and to recognize what will help you to do that. Realistically, that is the initial step that will lay the groundwork for other steps that you take. At the same time it reinforces each ensuing step you undertake.
None of us should underestimate the power that making our goals visual plays in our own accomplishment and success of those goals.
How to Visualize What You Want
You could say the concept of visualization is very old school, but how can you deny what works! A runner who sets a goal of running a marathon would not cross the finish line without using this technique.
So how do you visualize what you want?
- As a runner, you sign up for the race.
- As the runner who signed up, you visualize entering the race in an upcoming month.
- As the runner you are the one who signed up, visualized running through key points along the route, you endured. You tasted the cool drink someone on the sidelines would offer; you worked through the pain. And you … maintain you motivation.
Are you this third runner? As you visualize being this runner, do you … feel your muscles tighten as you inhale your next labored breathe?
Does the sweat trickles down your face as you swipe it from your sight line?
Do you see that ribbon ahead breaking way across your chest as you cross the finish line?
YES, that’s you in the future! You have completed your goal. With your heart racing you break into a broad intense smile!
You ran that race through to the end because you visualized your goal – what you wanted!
Details, Details, Details
Think about how much detail this marathon runner visualized.
She put herself in the marathon as if it was already completed. She smelled it, tasted it, felt it. She also:
- envisioned applying efficient effort
- examined several features from different angles
- identified accomplishment in seemingly overwhelming odds
- planned successful results while acknowledging expenditures
- identified short-term and long-term goals
- maintained pace while anticipating what would need to be endured
When you visualize you should be able to see measurable progress while achieving your goal. This means you should be able to periodically examine where you are at within the development of and implementation of your goal. Then identify where improvement is needed for the advancement of your goal.
Now challenge yourself to complete a specific element or detail of your goal.
Keep challenging yourself daily, next week, next month, and the month after that.
Your goal is now track-able and you are bound to it over time. That’s a good thing. You have just created for yourself a goal that is part of a phenomenal group of goals collectively referred to as a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
Say What, S.M.A.R.T. Goals?
S.M.A.R.T. goals were first used in the business arena, and they’ve been around since the 1980’s. Many have used this approach for planning and assessing their health, personal, nutritional, or fitness goals.
How S.M.A.R.T. Goals work for you:
Visualize achieving your goal by examining which goal direction gives you greater satisfaction.
>Make it significant and meaningful. You will be more motivated.
>Be realistic in how you will attain that goal.
>Consider which relevant actions it will take to make it that much more rewarding.
If you veer away from a goal, don’t allow that to hider you from your objective. As you evaluate your goal and then reassess it, you are making S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals.
Visualize achieving one of the most satisfying, and Smartest moves you could make!
Make that ultimate goal happen, visualize your goal!
Are you curious what the additional tips are to successfully reach your goals?
Have you ever considered yourself as being one who doesn’t break the rules? I invite you to see why sometimes, like now, you just have to first break all rules. Curious? Check out the next tip!