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How to Achieve Your Goals Through Visualization

How to Achieve Your Goals Using Visualization

When it comes to awakening your true calling, success begins with a goal. Big or small, goals will give you some purpose and keep you headed in the right direction.

Unfortunately, for many of us, we remain stuck at the goal stage. We begin with good intentions, but then we can’t seem to make it happen. Before we can believe in a goal that we’ve set for ourselves, we first need to have an idea of what the goal looks like.

  1. Seeing is Believing – This is where visualization comes in, which is nothing more than a technique for creating a mental image of a future event. When we visualize that which we desire, we start to see the possibility of achieving it. It is through visualization that we can catch a glimpse of what is our ‘preferred future.’ When this happens, we find the motivation and prepare ourselves to pursue our goal.
  2. Why Visualization Works – According to research, visualization works because the neurons in our brains, interpret the imagery as equivalent to real-life action. When we can visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells the neurons to perform the movement. This then creates a new neural pathway that helps prime the body to act in a way that is consistent with what we just imagined. All of this happens without actually performing the activity physically, yet it achieves a similar result.
  3. Putting it All Together Visualization – will keep you tethered to your goals and increase your chances of accomplishing them. It doesn’t matter who you are, the power of visualization is available to everyone. There are two kinds of visualization techniques. While each serves a distinct purpose, they should be used together to have the most significant effect.
    1. The first method is outcome visualization, which involves you envisioning achieving your goals. To do this, you need to create a detailed mental image of the desired outcome.
    2. The second visualization technique is called process visualization. This involves envisioning every action required to achieve the result you want. To do this, you need to focus on completing each of the steps you need to accomplish your goals, but not on the overall purpose itself.

Visualization does not guarantee success, and it doesn’t replace hard work and practice.

However, when combined with diligent effort, it is a powerful way to achieve positive, behavioral change and create the life you desire.

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Four Top Mistakes to Avoid When Following Your Passion

Four Top Mistakes to Avoid When Following Your Passion

Life is all about deciding to follow your passion, but sometimes the journey can be overwhelming.

Following your passion means taking responsibility for your path in life. The tendency is to want to ‘get it right’ on the first try and not make any mistakes. Unfortunately, this never happens.

When you try to control a situation, it is usually out of fear, which you may not be aware that you have. Doing things out of fear usually ends in unintended, less than optimal results.

Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when following their passion and how to avoid them.

  1. The Perfection Trap – When you are pursuing your dreams, you want to try to avoid making grandiose plans. You don’t have to find the one perfect passion, but instead, you need just to follow the clues in front of you. Step back and look at what you can do today, and then pick what excites you. When you’ve completed that, look around you and take the next step that interests you.
  2. Forcing Progress – As you start on your journey to following your passion, look at the options that you currently have available, and then notice which one holds the most interest for you, then do that. You don’t want to try to force things, If you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Lie down and relax, and when you start to feel better, ideas will emerge.
  3. Thinking Ahead – Worrying about what will happen in the future doesn’t help. If anything, it will make what you are worrying about occur. Worrying about what’s ahead will stop you in your tracks, and you’ll never end up following your passion. Try to avoid thinking bad thoughts. Ask yourself more productive questions and guide your thoughts to what can go right.
  4. Making Fear Your Enemy – When you follow your heart and go after your dreams, you will have to let go of your fears so you can soar even higher. Don’t let fear scare you, instead take it as a sign that you’re on the right path. If you want to follow your passion you have to feel your fear fully. When following your passion, you have to start looking inside for answers and stop looking for permission.

You have to stop making excuses for why you can’t take action and just take the next step, and the one after that, until you end up where you want to be.

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