We’ve all heard about the importance of goal setting, but what about visualization? For starters, what’s the difference between visualization and goal setting?
Before we delve into the differences between the two, let me give you a hint: if your first step to getting to where you want to go begins with writing down your goals, then you’re starting off on the wrong foot.
Although having goals are important, their power to accomplish what you want pales in comparison to that of your vision – which is what we’re going to explore here.
The Difference Between Visualization and Goals
So, what is the difference between a visualization and setting goals?
Essentially, a goal is something you want to accomplish that you write down and that has a specific time-frame attached to it.
Goals can be as simple as shedding 5lbs. this month, or as difficult as building the last story on a skyscraper before bad weather moves in.
Both are goals, but how powerful are they when compared to the visualization it takes to achieve them?
The ambition it takes to achieve your goal, posed as a vision of the desired outcome, would be more the idea of being in shape or seeing the flag flying over the completed building.
In regards to being in shape, you might visualize yourself looking and feeling healthy.
You might imagine yourself walking down the beach in your new swim suit in summer and feeling great about yourself. This is your vision.
Your vision might appear as an image of yourself standing at the window of the executive suite on the top floor looking out over the world, knowing that you’ve reached a position of great importance and influence.
Your vision of yourself may appear abstract at first, but the more you dwell on it the more it begins to come into focus and becomes tangible.
The real power of having a vision, is it helps you to get a clearer picture of what you want and what the emotion is behind your goal.
Why Visualization Works Better Than Goal Setting
So why is visualization more successful than simply setting goals?
For one, goals are not nearly flexible enough.
If you have a goal only, then this gives you one thing you’re trying accomplish and only one idea of how to get there.
If it doesn’t go according to plan, then you have the freedom to change the steps you’re going to take to get there.
In other words, you can adjust them to fit your current lifestyle, plans and free time.
Another reason visualization is more powerful than setting goals, is because they have more emotions attached to them.
When you visualize what you want to accomplish, the same areas of your brain begin to ‘fire’ as though it were actually happening.
What this means is that you can actually trigger the emotion by visualizing as though it were really happening.
And it’s this emotion you can use to motivate yourself to go through with your goals.
What About You?
Have you used visualization successfully to accomplish your goals? If you have, then I would really like to hear about it in the comments!
If you’ve struggled in this area I’d like to hear your story as well. Who knows, maybe we can help!
Until next time,