Having trouble reaching your dreams?
Some of you have written to me expressing concern because you haven’t been successful reaching your big dreams by just visualizing the end result. I have letters from people who say they are discouraged by their efforts to visualize.
Here’s some good news! There is new brain research showing that goals are more attainable when we not only visualize the end result, but also the steps we need to take along the way to reach them. This is especially true if the goal will require or cause a huge life change or if you don’t have any past references for it in your mind.
The challenge here is that even if you have a goal in mind but you have no personal experience on how to reach that goal, you are just vaguely imagining something. You are not actually able to imprint a strong picture of the ultimate end result on your subconscious mind. Vague energy is weak energy, and weak energy gets weak results. Plus, when you only visualize the end result (and not the steps along the way), you may unconsciously be creating an all-or-nothing mindset about accomplishing the goal rather than breaking it down into manageable steps that your comfort zone can absorb. You must visualize both the steps and the ultimate goal you wish to achieve.
Visualize the steps needed
to achieve your ultimate goal
As the late Zig Ziglar, (the famous motivational author that I had the honor of sharing the stage with on national lecture tours), used to say: “People don’t tend to wander around and then suddenly find themselves at the top of Mount Everest.” All successful people break down their goals into a series of smaller goals, and create a step-by-step process that helps to remove the fear and doubt that is often associated with trying to achieve a major life goal. While working with many successful entrepreneurial clients and business owners, I have personally found that when setting goals, it is important to make sure these smaller goals are concrete, measurable, and have a timeline to them.
When my team and I were planning the launch for my new book, we followed this approach. None of us had really done a launch like this before so we started by formulating our vision of the end result—a highly successful launch and a number one best seller on Amazon. We then broke the project into bite-sized chunks and set goals for each component of the launch, along with a timeline and an outline of who would complete each piece of the project.
Up to and including the day of the book launch, I performed many of the exact rituals that I have shared in my new book. I visualized the end result – the “Best Seller” outcome that I wanted, but I also envisioned successful completion of each of the intermediate goals along the way. I scripted the steps and the end result, and then let them go. There was nothing else I could do but wait for the will of heaven, so to speak. I had taken all the action I could and then it was time to wait for the outcome. It was magical!
If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, “Reclaim the Magic” is available at www.reclaimthemagic.com.