“When one starts to visualize the impossible, one begins to see it as possible” – Cherie Carter-Scott
We would love to daydream a great future for us and expect it to become a reality.
Would it not be nice to just imagine ourselves to be thin, toned and tough?
Would it not be nice to just imagine and be a millionaire superstar?
Would it not be nice to just visualize and all that we wish just comes true without raising a finger?
Visualization does play a major part in shaping our lives. Many of us know it and many are unaware of its impact. However, visualization is not a panacea to magically transform your life.
Each thought in your mind is composed of images, sounds, smells, bodily feeling and sometimes even taste. We use our 5 senses and words to think. If the images are positive, the thoughts turn positive. If the images are negative, the thoughts turn negative. For example, close your eyes and think about the last amazing vacation that you had. Did it not make you feel good? Now think about someone who shouted at you. Did it not make you feel bad? In both the cases, the event has either happened in the past or has not happened at all. But the images make it seem so real.
People are often told to imagine success.
‘Imagine yourself to be thin and athletic’
‘Imagine that you are winning a lottery’
‘Imagine yourself getting the promotion’
People do imagine these. When the ‘imagined’ things don’t materialize, there is heartache. The fault is not with Visualization. The fault is with the expectation from visualization and the approach used to visualize.
In this multi-part series, we will talk about why to visualize, what to visualize, how to visualize and when to visualize. This will help set the expectations right and also help you get the best out of visualization.
What to Visualize?
Usually, people visualize the end goal. Finishing the race strong, looking good with 6 pack abs, getting the promotion. The ‘End Goal’ visualization helps to garner the motivation that one needs to start a task.
The tasks, however, have to be done to get the ‘end goals’. We recommend that you also visualize the ‘process goals’. For example, visualize how you would break a marathon into milestones and handle each of those milestones. Visualize the issues that you would face while completing those tasks or process goals. Visualize how you would handle those issues successfully. This way you are mentally prepared to handle any setbacks.
Getting a 6 pack in the mind is easy. But this would involve handling your diet and exercises. These are hard work. Visualize how you would successfully handle issues related to diet and exercise.
Moreover, visualization usually involves ‘getting or taking or achieving’ something. In this world, more is not enough. We want even more than what we have. We recommend visualizing what you want to be. Visualize being a great mother, being a great father, being a good athlete, being a good human being. This purposeful visualization would help you dig deep to work on your process goals when the going gets tough.
In summary, visualize
1. End Goal – What you want to achieve and also who you want to be.
2. Process Goals – How you would achieve and how you would successfully manage obstacles.
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