We set out to create some meaningful goals for ourselves for 2018. In fact, you were left with the “homework assignment” of writing out goals for each area of your personal Balance Wheel. Don’t worry (which is really negative goal-setting) if you didn’t complete the assignment – goal-setting is a life-long “homework assignment.” By doing this, you are setting yourself on the path to a fun, enjoyable and fulfilling life.
So, now that you have all of your goals, written as if the future you want has already happened, what do you do next? The next step is vitally important, because we must be able to “see” ourselves into this new reality. Human beings think in three dimensions: Words (or language), that trigger Pictures, which cause Emotions (or feelings). So, it is important that the words of your goals cause the exact picture of what you want.
For example, if we want everybody receiving today’s message to have the same picture, and we write the word “dog” to you, it will trigger a picture in your brain. However, it will trigger thousands of different pictures, for the thousands of people receiving this message. Now, if I say, “white, brown and black Bassett Hound, with long ears, short legs and a white streak running up his forehead,” most of you will be picturing the same type of dog (as long as you know what a Bassett Hound is), with thousands of little variations.
Take a look at your goals, and make certain that they cause you to picture exactly what it is you want; and these pictures should cause you to feel a positive, warm sense of accomplishment. If you need to, add words of clarity and emotion, turning your goals into a moving image of your future.
Now, at least twice a day, read each goal. Take a moment to close your eyes and picture what the words say to you, and feel the emotions of each goal becoming real. Each goal will take 15-20 seconds, so you can work at 10 to 15 goals at a time.
This is the visualization process that will take you from “want to” to “I am.”