To say that 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride is an understatement. It’s hard to believe that it’s coming to a close. That said, it’s time to visualize your goals for the coming year. But where do you start?
Everything starts with a goal. It doesn’t even have to be grand. It could be losing weight, or quitting social media, or starting your own business. Whether it’s big or small, a goal gives you purpose. It also helps you hold yourself accountable.
But with goal-setting comes the effort to actually make it happen. Unfortunately, a lot of us get stuck in the goal-setting stage. This is where visualization comes into play. It helps you get your subconscious to work for you.
But What Is Visualization?
We all know the old adage, “to see is to believe”. Visualization is creating a mental image of what your future will look and feel like.
When you visualize your goals, you get an idea of what it looks like. The possibility of achieving it. This will then help motivate and prepare you to pursue your goals.
But goal visualization isn’t a magic pill. It won’t suddenly make all your dreams come true without exerting any effort. It’s not simply about dreaming of a better future.
Instead, visualization is a technique. Take tennis players, for example. Most players use imagery to mentally prepare for the match. It allows them to concentrate, accelerate their progress, and react to circumstances.
In fact, you might already be using visualization techniques in everyday life. You visualize where to go, what bus to take, which streets to avoid, and so on.
Ready to put this technique into action?
Techniques to Visualize Your Goals
Create a Vision Board
What better way to solidify a mental image than visual boards?
A personal visual board makes it easy to see your vision and strategies at a glance. How do you start?
- Get a giant whiteboard, corkboard, or anything that makes you comfortable.
- Include pictures, colors, or anything that makes you happy when you see it.
- List things you want to prioritize next year.
Here’s a tip: Write down your goals. Handwriting is known to improve learning and retention compared to typing.
Once your board is done, take a long look. Think about why you chose each photo or quote.
Then ask yourself, “What can I do today to get closer to these goals?”
Start a Journal
Creating a vision board seems like too much work? Why not start a journal instead?
Simply writing your thoughts into paper will help flesh out ideas. Visualize your goals and start writing them in your journal.
Write anything you want. Whether it’s gratitude, goals, or random ideas that cross your mind.
Here are a few tips to get started:
- Find time to sit down and get settled. For instance, you can do it in the evening before sleep. Or you can do it while having coffee in the morning.
- Write down your goals. Expound on your goals as much as you’d like.
- You can also add images, quotes, or anything that will help create a mental image of your dreams.
- Visualize your goal and the journey to get there.
Journaling is personal. No one is going to read your journal so be honest when writing down your thoughts.
Need more inspiration? Here are a few journal prompts you can use:
- What are you currently doing to reach your goals?
- What is the next step?
- Is there anyone who can help you with your goals?
- What would you feel once you accomplish your dreams?
Fill a Dream Jar
Feeling overwhelmed? It’s okay. You don’t always need big dreams. Sometimes, small, attainable goals are enough.
Give yourself permission to have small goals. This is where having a “dream jar” is beneficial. If you’re feeling lost, simply pick a goal from the jar!
How to do it?
- List down small goals you want to accomplish in small slips of paper. It could be anything. For example, you can write “finish one book this month”.
- Place the slips of paper inside a jar. Make sure that the jar has a wide opening to make taking one easy.
- Pick one goal. Then visualize your way into accomplishing it.
Visualize Your Goals and Take Action
Of course, it doesn’t stop at visualizing your goals. You need to take action.
So choose at least one visualization technique from our list. If you’re new to visualization, it’s best to try only one technique for now. It’ll help you focus more.
Then envision all the necessary steps to achieve your goals. Break down these steps. Focus on completing one step at a time. Looking at the goal itself can be pretty intimidating. But breaking down the steps will make it more attainable.
Visualization doesn’t guarantee overnight success. It also doesn’t replace hard work. But when you visualize your goal and take action, that’s when the real magic happens. It’s a behavioral change. It’s creating a positive mindset. Envision the life you desire.