When it comes to creating the life you truly want to live, success begins with a goal. Big or small, goals will give you a purpose and keep you headed in the right direction.
Unfortunately for many of us, we remain stuck at the goal stage. We begin with good intentions, but then we can’t seem to make it happen.
Whether your goal is to get healthy and fit, or to complete your degree, or to become debt free, before you can believe in the goal you must recognize what the goal looks like. You must actually envision yourself reaching that goal, succeeding in it, and creating the outcome that you desire.
In other words, “if you can see it, you can be it.” Keep reading to learn more.
How to Achieve Your Goals Using Visualization
Seeing is Believing
This is where visualization comes in, which is nothing more than a technique for creating a mental image of a future event. When we visualize that which we desire, we start to see the possibility of achieving it. It is through visualization that we can catch a glimpse of what is our “preferred future”. When this happens, we find the motivation and can properly prepare ourselves to pursue and reach the goal.
Why Visualization Works
According to research, visualization works because the neurons in our brains interpret the imagery as equivalent to real-life action. When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells the neurons to perform the movement. This then creates a new neural pathway that helps prime the body to act in a way that is consistent with what we just imagined.
Amazingly enough, all of this happens without actually performing the activity physically, yet it achieves a similar result.
Putting it All Together
Visualization will keep you tethered to your goals and increase your chances of accomplishing them. It doesn’t matter who you are: the power of visualization is available to everyone.
There are two kinds of visualization techniques. While each serves a distinct purpose, they should be used together to have the most significant effect.
The first method is outcome visualization, which involves envisioning yourself achieving your goals. To do this, you need to create a detailed mental image of the desired outcome.
The second visualization technique is called process visualization. This involves envisioning every action required to achieve the result you want. To do this, you need to focus on completing each of the steps you need to accomplish your goals, but not on the overall purpose itself.
Visualization does not guarantee success, and it doesn’t replace hard work and practice. However, when combined with diligent effort, it is a powerful way to achieve positive behavioral change and create the life you desire.
Do You Use Visualization to reach your goals?
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Also, check out this article about how to create a vision board to help you reach your goals!