Did you know you have the power to change your life for the better? That this power is buried inside of you and it is easy to unleash? This power can be harnessed at any time and many of the most successful people in the world use it all of the time. What is this super power? It is the power to visualize, or more importantly, the power to visualize your goals.
Visualizing your goals has become a hot trend recently. The idea behind visualizing your goals is that if you “see” your goal, you are more likely to achieve it. Some of you might think I have gone off my rocker, but I encourage you to read on and see for yourself how this works.
The Power of Visualizing Your Goals
If want to increase the likelihood of reaching your goals and dreams, visualization is where it all begins. By having the ability to visualize your goals you do a few important things:
- It teaches your brain to recognize what resources it will need to help you succeed in reaching your goals.
- It creates an inner motivation to strive for your goals and dreams
- It promotes positive thinking, which will help you to stay on track to be successful in the long run.
How To Visualize Your Goals
To begin visualizing your goals, you need to find a quiet place where you can sit, uninterrupted. All you have to do is get comfortable and let your mind and imagination go to work.
Currently, one of my goals is to lose 20 pounds. When I visualize reaching this goal, I see myself in my mind, 20 pounds lighter. I see my clothes fitting better. I see and can taste the healthy foods I am eating. In other words, I envision my life as though I have reached my goals. In my daily life, when I am craving a burger or a pizza, I simply find that image saved in my mind of me 20 pounds lighter and it helps me to overcome the craving.
Visualization And Professional Athletes
Athletes use visualization all the time to better their performance. Arguably the greatest golfer in the world, Jack Nicklaus once said,
“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head. It’s like a color movie. First I “see” where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I “see” the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there’s a sort of fade out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”
There is also a scientific study that was conducted on a few athletes that were looking to improve their free throws in basketball. They were divided into three groups:
- Group 1: They physically took practice free throw shots during the day
- Group 2: They only visualized making shots every day
- Group 3: They physically took practice free throw shots during the day and before going to bed they visualized making perfect shots.
The results of the study were amazing:
- Group 1 (only took shots): Improved free throw shooting by 7%
- Group 2 (only visualized making shots): Improved free throw shooting by 10%
- Group 3 (took shots and visualized making shots): Improved free throw shooting by 32%
Steve Nash uses this technique to perfect his free throw shooting. The fact that he is the best free throw shooter based on percentage shows you that visualization works.
Keys to Visualizing Your Goals
There are some key aspects that you have to be aware of when visualizing as a technique to help you reach your goals:
Focus on your senses: When I visualize another goal of mine, the goal of my dream house, the picture in my head is this: I am standing in my front yard with my dog. I can feel the warm sun on my back. I can hear my dog panting. I can smell the fresh cut grass. All of these things help my visualized goal to become more real. When you first begin to visualize, you may not be able to experience all of your senses. This is OK. It is a lot like trying to clear your mind meditating or trying to touch your toes when stretching. At first, you most likely cannot do either, but with time and practice, you are able to clear your mind when meditating or touch your toes while stretching.
Focus on details: This takes focusing on your senses to the next level. When I say focus on the details, I want you to get very specific. For instance, I can see the individual blades of grass and I can see the fibers of the tennis ball that I am throwing to my dog as I visualize. I can feel the warmth of the sun on me. Work your way up to being able to see very specific details. In time, this will become easier for you.
Overall, using visualization techniques goes a long way in helping you to achieve your goals and dreams. There have been countless times in my life where I visualize something and it comes to pass. It might not happen tomorrow or the next day, but it does happen. I encourage you to start visualizing your goals today and see the difference it makes in your life.
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