Friday, January 18, 2013

Visualization is a very powerful tool.  In reality we probably use it unconsciously more than we realize – sometimes to our detriment with long-range goals.

For instance, when we go on diets we often immediately visualize ourselves where we want to be and then are discouraged when the image in the mirror or the ‘size small’ clothes don’t fit.

An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas...

Think about your long range goals – diet and exercise are only two of the ones that come to mind.  Others might include:
            Getting a degree
            Changing a behavior
            Writing a book
            Becoming a rock star…

Getting a little carried away here, but you get the idea.  We are talking about things that don’t materialize overnight.

So, how can we stay on track for the long haul?

A simple strategy might include two parts:

1)      As you visualize your goal, ‘future pace’ it.  In other words, see the end result at a realistic distance – One month out?  Two?  A year? 
2)     Then visualize steps along the way.

Imagine a tunnel with your ultimate goal at the very end, and then ‘see’ intermediate goals at intervals along this time line.  Remember, this is visual so the farthest away is your ultimate destination, and the closest is where you are today.  Take it in small increments and each step of the way give yourself a giant cheer.

If we see the image too close – or too far away - we become impatient.
Notice and give yourself credit for tiny steps – (baby steps!)
Engage your inner Avatar
Find ways to give yourself credit.  Notice changes – maybe in behavior -before results.                                          
Take a moment at the beginning and end of each day to appreciate what you are doing!                                                 

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  1. My biggest problem about long-range goals is that I never think of them as a combination of incremental steps; rather,I see them as a "now-or-nothing" kind of thing...and of course it drives me crazy!!
    I'll try to draw on my "Avatar",supporting me along the way!

  2. How beautifully you express this! Thank you!

  3. I really like your reference to 'baby steps'. The last time I watched a little one learn to walk it was lots of fall down and re-group. And lots of Mom's cheerleading! I'm going to use this with all my long range goals.

  4. I like the concept of the Avatar, but I can't come up with a goal to shoot for. Hard to meet the goal if I can't wrap my arms around what the goal is!!! I'm not thinking in terms of weight but in terms of job, career etc.
    I am drowning in the 'should' voices, so its hard to get to the core of what I want.
    Maybe I am happy with where I am but this nagging voice is telling me I could have been better and done more...