Crystal Clear Goals Helps you Live a Successful Life

We all have a unique definition of what it means to be successful in life, and no one person has the exact definition as another, but one thing is sure, success is a complex concept to grasp.

Success can be measured in many ways, and it's essential to examine your definition of success. Some people believe that success is defined by the things you have. It can include material wealth, such as having a home and car, or non-material wealth, like being able to spend time with family and friends and pursuing hobbies. But these are only examples of what some people might consider success.

Ultimately, success is different for everyone, and what satisfies one person may not benefit another. Also, success can be measured in many ways.

Success doesn't appear overnight; it is complex, intentional, and not perfect.

Visualization and Goals Setting

The practice of visualization is a method of using visual images to bring about specific results in your life. It is a technique used by businesspeople to bring them success, professional athletes to prepare for a game, and everyday people to achieve their life's dreams.

Visualization is a technique of recreating the sounds, feelings, and images of your desired situation in your mind motivating you to move forward to achieve that result. Visualization should not be confused with the "think it, and you will be it" so misunderstood by popular self-help "gurus." Visualization is not a gimmick, a magic spell, nor does it involve luck or hoping for a better future.

Visualization without a plan is merely daydreaming.

Humans fear uncertainty. Not knowing where to go is stressful; that is why before we can believe in a goal, we first must have an idea of what it looks like. When we visualize the desired outcome, we begin to "see" the different ways we can possibly make it happen. Once we have a slight idea of what our future life might be, we are motivated and prepared to pursue our goals. Visualization is a well-known method of performance improvement, scientifically proven, and successfully implemented in many fields. Take Serena Williams, for example; she is a big believer in visualization. For her, tennis is 70% a mental game; the rest is physical strength, speed, and endurance. Serena practices visualization to improve her game.

Another example is Arianna Huffington, a media entrepreneur, and author. She was born in Greece and dreamt of studying in England, so her mother took her to Cambridge University and experience life on campus walking as if she was already a student there. After that visit, she learned English and eventually got accepted into Cambridge. Arianna reached what seemed an unattainable goal thanks to the power of visualization.

The practice of visualization works because neurons in our brain interpret images as equivalent to a real-life actions.

What Visualization Helps you With

When we visualize an act, the brain tells our neurons to act in a certain way, either recreate a memory or learned behavior, without physically doing the activity but achieving a similar result. Whether you visualize the desired outcome or the process of completing the work, the benefits are real. Visualization helps you stay focused and motivated. It is a powerful way to achieve positive change and create the lifestyle you want. When you envision yourself clearly, accomplishing your goals and achieving success, you start the necessary action to get or do those things you want.

The practice of visualization does not guarantee immediate success, and it does not replace skills, commitment, or common sense. But practicing visualization for 10 to 20 minutes a day helps you find new paths to improve areas of your life. Not only will you find yourself in a better mood, but you'll also begin to envision each of the actions necessary to attain the desired outcome.

Visualization is a mindfulness exercise that can promote success in every aspect of your life. You must start by establishing a goal; then, you can begin to focus on creating an image in your mind of you accomplishing that goal in detail. A basic technique involves sitting comfortably with your eyes closed while imagining yourself achieving a specific purpose or dream in as much detail as possible. Setting aside time each day can help you make this critical routine a habit.

A positive mindset will allow you to change your "half-empty glass" thinking into thinking about the glass as half full. You need to seize the opportunities to change and move ahead in your life. Mind clutter is often related to thoughts from the past and other people’s problems we perceive as ours. Most of us keep a large cabinet with drawers filled with past mistakes, missed opportunities, people we’ve hurt, and so on. By decluttering your mind, you make way for new ideas to arrive and take control of the things you want to achieve.

A simple technique for decluttering your mind is drawing a cabinet with different drawers. Write your thoughts and feelings inside the drawers; insert the important ones on top and the bothersome ones on the bottom. Look at the lower drawers of your cabinet file and start cleaning them away.

Removing clutter from your mind is a time-consuming task, and that is why you need to embrace the constant practice of positive thinking that way, and the lower drawers are never too full. Daily affirmations can help you build your confidence and lay out your goals.

Action steps

Work on your cabinet drawers.

  • List all the things (small things as well) that make you happy.

  • If you can only keep three things you have right now, what will they be and why?

  • What is going well in your life right now?

  • What are the things that are dragging you back?

  • What is your biggest fear for the moment?

  • Write down one thing that you cannot let go of.

Book Recommendations

  • Visualization for Success, 75 psychological empowerment exercises to get what you want in life by Barton Goldsmith PhD

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