#11: The Power of Visualization to Help You Reach Your Goals

A few years ago, I took the Strengths Finder test to have a better understanding of myself.

I found that one of my top strengths is “Futuristic”.

This means I’m inspired by the future and what could be, and I energize others with the visions of the future.

I had no idea this was an actual strength, but I’d been visualizing a future for myself for as long as I could remember.

Whether you have a futuristic strength or not, you can use visualization to help you reach a life you never thought possible.

First, what does “visualization” actually mean?

According to the dictionary, visualization is the formation of mental images in your head.

Basically, your ability to imagine things and see it in your mind.

When I was little, I would always imagine myself being and doing other things. I would picture myself being an actress. I would envision myself making the cheer squad in high school. I would let my mind wander to all the possibilities before going to sleep.

I didn’t realize it then, but all those thoughts helped enhance my ability to create scenarios in my head – I could go down rabbit holes!

Now, visualization allows me to see what I want to accomplish. I can picture myself after I’ve accomplished the goal.

Visualization doesn’t necessarily tell you HOW you can get to what you’re visualizing, but it does open your mind to what’s possible.

You must be able to see it before you believe it.

Once you believe it, then you can achieve it!

Start by getting clear on what your goals are. Then, think about what a dream life scenario would look like for you.

Once you know what you want to work towards, you can start doing things that help you get closer and closer to the end result.

Identify the tasks, no matter how small, that you can do to help reach your goals. Add them to your to-do list and start doing them daily!

Over time, you will see the progress.

If you’re already good with visualizing, here are some things you can do next:

  • Start helping others tap into visualization – this will help you get better at it and inspire others!
  • Set aside time each week to write down your visions of the future
  • When someone asks about your goals or things you’re working towards, take the opportunity to get as detailed and specific as possible
  • If you have a friend who’s good with visualization, have monthly “future” discussions – it’s nice to tap into that power with others!

If you’re not great with visualization, you can:

  • Listen to the Future You exercise linked below – this was a total game changer for me!
  • Think about past goals you’ve worked for or achieved and identify clues to help you have direction for future goals – what worked? What helped you reach those goals? Let’s tap into that!
  • Take time to reflect on all you’ve done up until this point, then think about the immediate (or longer-term) future and what you can do next – leading with what’s already been done may help you tap into what can still be done
  • Ask friends or family about their future visions and what they see for themselves – share your responses too – practice make perfect

You are SO capable of achieving anything you put your mind to, you just have to see it and believe it.

Here’s a glance at this episode:

  • [02:01] I started using visualization at a very young age. I would visualize myself becoming an actress, accepting awards and visiting the red carpet.
  • [04:04] Not sure how to visualize? Start with your goals! Imagine what life would look like when you’ve achieved those goals.
  • [08:00] I’m sharing a few resources and tips to help you tap into the power of visualization. Whether you’re able to visualize now or not, these tips will help at every level.

Click here to listen!

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Resources mentioned in this episode:

Take the StrengthsFinder Test

Download the CGS Money Moves Packet

Future You Exercise

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