I know you all have aspirations, goals and dreams that you want to attain someday. I also know how difficult it can be to figure out how to get there and to stay motivated when you’re in the process of going after what you want. The power of visualization can be a very strong force that helps you to stay motivated in order to attain your goals.
Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich, emphasizes the importance of visualization. He suggests readers to write down on a piece of paper in detail what you want and to read it everyday to remind yourself what you are working towards. The concept behind this is the belief in yourself to achieve something. If you can’t see it, you won’t believe it and therefore you won’t succeed.
Injured athletes exercise visualization when they can’t participate in their sport. It helps their brain stay familiar with their sport so their transition from resting while they’re injured to playing their sport will be more smooth.
Here are a few things some of the greats, as well as, some of my friends do in order to make sure they are moving towards their goals.
- Vision/Dream Board
My friends and I just created ours last week. We had a little dream board party and put all our positive energy into our boards and encouraged each other to keep going after our dreams. You don’t necessarily have to do this with other people. In fact, I prefer to do this alone. The point of this is help yourself visualize what you really want in life. Sometimes you won’t know until your board is finished.
- Personal Mantra
Have your own personal saying or mantra to repeat to yourself throughout the day. Choose something that really means something to you and can get you through those tough days. Write it on a post it and place it somewhere you will always be able to see. We truly become our thoughts, so keep those thoughts positive!
- Write down your goal then work backwards
This is something I got from blogger Marianna Hewitt. Sometimes we have a goal, but we don’t really think about the steps to get there. She suggests writing your goal down first and then working backwards to write the steps that you think you’ll need to accomplish. This will give you a nice visual to see what actions you need to take to achieve your goal.
When all is said and done, you hold the key to achieving your dreams. Visualization is just a tool to help you. Combine it with hard work and you will succeed.