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One of the most powerful and overlooked steps in goal-setting is visualization. Visualization is where you take the time to picture your goals, the journey, the work, the outcome, and the success. Visualization can seem silly to some people but visualization is incredibly effective for achieving your goals and sticking to them when things get difficult.
Visualizing your goals can also help you realize if your goals are actually right for you or if you need to dream bigger!
The Power of Visualization
When you visualize your goals you’re able to watch yourself succeed and attain something you’ve always wanted, which can help keep you motivated. By thinking through the finer points and action steps of your goals, you limit the surprise factor and unseen struggles. Try to rely on visualization when the work gets hard, the progress is slow, or when you start to doubt what you’re doing.
How does visualizing help?
Many experts suggest meditation or guided mantras help you visualize your goals, but that can take time and concentration that some of us simply don’t have. An easier and more functional way to practice your goal visualization is to create a dream board.
A dream board is a visual representation of your goals. Basically, a dream board does the visualization FOR you. There are a variety of ways to create and display a dream board, making it very easy and personalized for your situation. The whole point is to collect images, phrases, colors, and other visual indicators of your goal or dream, then display them together where you can see them every day.
You may choose to make a physical board by drawing, printing, or cutting out images and then securing them to a corkboard hanging in your room or office. Other people may choose a digital version via Pinterest. One of the easiest ways to display a dream board that will be seen every day is to choose an image, phrase, or collage that represents your dream and then make it the background image on your computer or lock screen on your phone.
As you create a dream board, you will start to see your goals more clearly and articulate the steps to success. When you look at your dream board, you’ll constantly be reminded of your goals and what needs to be done to achieve them. You can focus on what matters, make better decisions, and identify when you’re on the right path. Visualization doesn’t need to be complicated meditation – it can be as easy as a picture of that vacation you want to take or the word that represents your promotion. Look at it every day and soon your dream will become reality.