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How to Use Visualization to Achieve Your Goals

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How to Use Visualization to Achieve Your Goals

There is a certain science behind visualization that we don’t often consider when we are thinking about our goals. It can be fun to write down the goals that we wish to accomplish, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming when we turn our attention to actually achieving them.

It can be far too easy to automatically visualize the outcome of our goals in a negative way. We can get caught up in ‘what if’ situations, and set ourselves up for failure from the beginning. Instead, you can turn your visualization habits around, and start focusing on what it will look like when you do achieve your goals. Visualization can help to re-program your brain. It can also trigger the law of attraction, bringing things into your life that are needed in order to achieve your desires.

It can take a little practice and a little bit of effort to use visualization correctly. But, there are some tips that you can follow to make it easier for yourself. When you can successfully picture yourself accomplishing what you have set out to do, then you know it is actually possible to do it!

So, how can you use visualization to achieve your goals?

Outcome Visualization

There are two significant types of visualization. The first is ‘outcome visualization.’ This refers to creating a mental image of yourself accomplishing your goal in great detail. The goal is to use all of your senses to build up this image, so it seems as though it is actually happening. The more realistic you can make it for yourself, the easier it can be to actually turn it into reality in the long run.

If your goal is to get a promotion at work, don’t just think about everything you need to do to get there. Instead, visualize what you’ll say to your boss. Think about what you’ll be wearing for success, the expression on your employer’s face, etc. The more details that you can include into this mental image, the better. Some people find it useful to actually write down each little detail so that they can keep referring back to it. Others benefit from drawing out a picture of the scene.

The important thing, when it comes to outcome visualization, is to be able to hold onto that mental picture for as long as possible. You can even continue to add detail to it as you continuously think about it. The idea is that the more vivid this mental image is, the more motivated you will become to turn it into something real.

Process Visualization

Process visualization is the second method that you can use to accomplish your goals. Instead of detailing the final outcome, this method focuses on thinking about the steps that will lead up to the outcome. You need to think heavily on each one of those steps that you will take, and what they might look like.

If we were to use the same example of getting a promotion at work, you should visualize what you will need to succeed. Picture yourself preparing your speech to your boss in the mirror. What reasons will you give for wanting a promotion? What projects have you accomplished to get where you need to be? Picture yourself getting to work early each day, achieving targets, helping others as needed. The more you can visualize these things, the sooner you will turn them into reality. In turn, that can help you to reach your end goal.

If you suddenly get nervous about asking for that promotion, this technique can help to assuage those fears by breaking everything down into manageable steps.

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How to Visualize Correctly

There is no ideal way to tap into visualizing different steps and outcomes. A method that works for one person may not work for another. With that in mind, it is important to find something that works best for you. For most people, true visualization requires a clear head and a quiet space. If you’re having trouble tapping into your own mind, try these simple tips to help you relax and focus:

  • Find a place where there are no distractions, and sit down or lie down. If you find that tranquil music helps you to relax, you can have it playing softly in the background.
  • Take slow, deep breaths. Try counting backwards from 50, focusing on relaxing every muscle in your body before you end your countdown.
  • Create an individual sanctuary within your mind. It should be a safe, serene place that you can go to whenever you want to tap into these visualization techniques.

Again, whatever you need to do to relax yourself and open up your mind can be very personal. If these relaxation tips don’t work for you, you may want to try deep breathing exercises, meditation, or even exercise like yoga.

Why is Visualization Effective?

You may never have to ask for a raise at work, and getting a promotion may not be your personal goal. But, these techniques can be useful for almost any situation and any accomplishment. That goes for everything from running a marathon to starting your own successful business.

Visualization allows you to stay focused on positive imagery. The more detailed you are able to get with your visualization, the better. Not only will it give you a clear picture of what your end goal might look like, but it can help you every step of the way. If you are a naturally cautious or fearful person, being able to use visualization techniques can help to assuage that fear that may have been holding you back for far too long.

It is important to keep in mind that visualization on its own doesn’t always equal success. You need to put in the hard work and dedication in order to fully accomplish your goals. But, it is a popular technique that can help you to realize that your dreams can become reality. It is a great motivational technique that allows you to see how your goals can be accomplished, and what it might look like once you achieve them.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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