I have been practicing visualization for years now, and find it one of the most powerful tools to achieve goals and to stay focused on them. Visualization does not – like some gurus might want to tell you – exclude you from taking action – they are rather a tool that in conjunction with deliberate action can create a more creative, and open-minded approach toward achieving a goal.
How To Visualize Properly
1. Start with a clear goal in mind. Take the time to journal about your desires, the large ones, as well as the small ones, and fill that entry with as many visual cues as you can possibly give yourself. You can also include some other sensory descriptions, such as what it would smell like in your dream kitchen, but whatever it is that you are trying to reach, make it detailed.
2. Create an Image of the Big Picture in your mind. Instead of thinking about getting a promotion, think about the tasks of the job you’d like to get promoted to. Also, think about the people whose lives would be affected by you getting promoted. If you are going to get your own office, picture what that would be like and what you want in it. Tie back the tasks so that you can match that up with what is needed in your new office. The more detailed you can get with this, the more likely it will happen. Are you going to get an assistant? Imagine who that would be and how you are going to lead him or her.
3. Break your vision down into realistic steps. It is very unlikely that you are going to find yourself in the middle of your dream mansion next week. But it is possible for you to imagine yourself increasing your income in small ways, and saving the money to get there. In order to make the big picture – your ultimate goal – come true, you got to visualize the individual steps. Use the following journal prompt to clarify your visualization and action steps.
– for the time being suspend all thoughts of any potential opposition or potential difficulty that might arise on your journey toward your goals.
– now figure out how much money you would need (or whatever other resources you would require), to achieve that ultimate goal.
– now set a realistic time line (for example, my time line for getting into my ultimate dream home is 5 years)
– now visualize yourself slowly increase your income or resources over that course of time.
– in your daily visualization practice, focus on visualizing the next income step (or resource step)
4. Allow yourself to experience a child-like imagination. When we become adults, many of us lost most of our imagination. For instance, if kids want to captain a spaceship, they simply imagine it. If adults publicly declare they want to captain a spaceship, and they don’t work for NASA, they are given a one-way ticket to a mental hospital. This causes adults to repress their ability to use imagination. Imagination can be a great way to make new discoveries, no matter how far out they may seem. Emerge yourself in creative experiences, such as arts, crafts, writing, or any other creative endevour to expand your ability to imagine, and to visualize.How To Use Visualization To Achieve Your Goals - 5 Tips Click To Tweet
5. Get Inspired By What Others Are Visualizing.
whenever you feel stuck in your visualization and co-creation journey, allow yourself to borrow inspiration from others. You can do this by connecting or reading about people in your field, watch videos of those who have achieved similar goals to your own, and then break them down, visualizing you achieving similar steps (again, break it down into steps).
Once a month, revisit your big goals, and adjust them if necessary. While it is important to break everything down, reminding yourself of the ultimate price at the end, and doing so regularily, ensures continued exitment, and enthusiasm about the goal. Also, don’t hesitate to adjust your goals during this process. It happens actually quite often, that during your process of visualization, that your big picture develops a different detail, or even changes completely. That is absolutely okay. Just make sure that you write the changes and adjustment in your journal for future references, and so that you can measure your growth throughout this process.
Read more about the subject of visualization in the following books
Visualization Power by Bill Bodry
Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Expanded By Maxwell Maltz