Visualize the Game Plan, Not the Win

For years we have been told that we have to "visualize success" in order to BE successful.  Heck, I even blogged about it here.  Why?  Because I believe it.  Well, I am reconsidering what I believe in light of this new info because it makes sense.  However, I am not throwing the whole idea out of the window.  It still holds merit when used properly. In short, the link above explains how these researchers have found that doing what we have been taught to do actually brings complacency.  And thus, we relax our hackles and don't push forward as hard as we would if we hadn't envisioned our goal.

The logic is that the vision actually makes the brain think that it has achieved what it wanted and relaxes.

So what do they suggest?

The researchers suggest visualizing obstacles and obstructions instead.  But I suggest laying out visual map of what it is that needs to be done in order to reach the next level of your game.  For instance, before sleeping at night, see yourself doing each task the next day that you need to undertake in order make the it successful.  Each day should bring a new step and new plan.

Instead of just saying "I need to edit tomorrow" or "I need to write the spreadsheet for X client tomorrow," go further.  SEE yourself editing 10 pages and SEE yourself working on that spreadsheet.  This ingrains the vision for the following day and you have put it in your mind that it will be done.

Match Point

But in order to know what you should be planning for each day, you have to set out your game plan.  Know what you want and how long you want it to take to get there.  Refer to it often.  Each month check yourself to make sure that you are headed in the direction of your original goal.  Set your markers so that you can gauge where you stand in reference to the endgame.

So the next time you hear "visualize your success," respond with "visualize your daily game plan to get there."

What is your theory on visualizing success...was it all a ball of malarkey?  Let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you!!

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