I not only visualized this trophy, I felt it in my hands. I gave my acceptance speech in my mind and felt the full rush of feelings and gratitude. And here's how you can achieve Your Goals Using Visualization too!
Success begins with a goal. Big or small, goals will give you some purpose and keep you headed in the right direction. Unfortunately, for many of us, we remain stuck at the goal stage. I personally spent years stuck because of anxiety and feeling less than worthy of one of my particularly larger goals. Like me, we all begin with good intentions, but then we can't seem to make it happen for whatever reason. Before we can believe in a goal that we've set for ourselves, we first need to have an idea of what the goal looks like. Once I started visualizing I soon realized it's amazing benefits at progressing forward and I began doing it all the time. It's exactly how I, opened a restaurant at 23, and how I designed my first custom tea business at 26, and finally how I overcame my anxiety and became a professional touring artist at 30 years old and got this amazing little hometown award that I am still so very proud of.
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 what we desire, we start to see the possibility of achieving it. It is through visualization that we can catch a glimpse of what our “preferred future” is. When this happens, we find the motivation and prepare ourselves to pursue our 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 can 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. 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.
I have no doubt that there are many kinds of visualization techniques. While each serves a distinct purpose, you need to find one that resonates with you to have the most significant effect. The method I use is outcome visualization, which involves you envisioning achieving your goals. To do this, you need to create a detailed mental image of the desired outcome and truly put yourself there. Feel the emotions as if it's really happening. An important key here is also feeling full gratitude for the outcome.
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.
I'd love to know where you have used visualization in your life.
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