This is a guest post by Justin Troupe from TheEndlessWeekend.com
Many of us at some point have done a course or read a book that talked about visual goals and why you should use them. The reason? You can take on so much more in life with a powerful vision of what you want.
I have recently been working on several ambitious goals at the same time:
- Launching “The Endless Weekend” website,
- planning a 5 month trip around the world,
- and selling a reality show about racing sailboats.
This is on top of a full time real estate gig. I have managed to work on all of the above without getting overwhelmed because I clearly see the future result.
I am in love with the vision, and it pulls me forward constantly.
People have asked me, do I seriously need to cover my walls with photos of my dreams? My answer is absolutely yes, that is if you actually want to create them. Even though we talk to ourselves with words we all use internal pictures to create our world.
Almost everything you have ever done in life you have already seen happen in your mind first. It happens so fast we hardly notice. Even something as simple as sitting down in a chair can be seen first as a visual flash. It is just faster than asking yourself a series of
internal questions, about how to sit down.
Imagine how slow things would be if you had a thought process that went something like the following: “How should I approach this? I could move my right foot over about 6 inches, then the left foot followed by a slight knee bend. I need to move slowly, so I don’t hurt my back. Ok now slowly sit down”.
Doing almost anything would be difficult if we didn’t see most things in our head before we do them. By seeing it first, our brain then can automate the things it needs to do. That doesn’t mean that our inner monologue isn’t chipping in (especially when we are learning
something), but the better we get the more we just do things automatically.
When I first started playing pool, I took lessons from several of the best pool players I could find. Pool (like most things in life) is about learning the mechanics and then finding a groove where you are just flowing through your game. When you are at the top of your game you just see the balls connect and react the way you want. If you can change the way you see yourself and your future, then you and your future will also change.
Something as straightforward as creating a vision wall can radically change the way you move through the world. I have to admit that sometimes my wife Sheila isn’t crazy about my little creations. They work so well though she puts up with them.
By seeing your dream daily, you then create an emotional impact. You brain looks at it and links the feeling you get from the image with your goal.
Vision training 101.
“The most pathetic person in the world, is someone who has sight but no
vision.” Helen Keller
DR. Maxwell Malzt wrote a book in the 60s called Physco Cybernetics. He did studies where they tracked the mental impact of people who had plastic surgery. What they found was that when people visualized themselves differently it changed the way they interacted with the world. By seeing themselves as a different person, they acted like someone different and ended up with a different life.
The study didn’t stop there, they also studied people who had changed the way they look at themselves (through mental exercises) and found the same results. People and life in general will treat you the way you see yourself.
“Imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein
There is real power in seeing your future in advance. The nice advantage about the media era we live in is you don’t have to try to imagine things yourself. You can easily get an image online of virtually anything these days. This works with travel in particular,
because many of us will undertake a long journey in order to have a visual orgasm when we arrive. Great breakthroughs happen to those with great vision.
It doesn’t have to be elegant, it just has to work. Many of the greatest achievers I have met have sticky notes and photo cutouts all over there bathroom mirrors, car dashboards and bedroom walls. The only friend of mine that owns a Lamborghini carried a little photo of it with him for several months. He stayed so excited he actually found the money and bought one.
5 steps to Vision Creation
1) Write down 3 things (or places) you want to experience. Whatever your goal, make sure it gets you completely fired up. If you need a good example of what “fired up” looks like watch this video (below), that guy is beyond fired up.
2) For each thing, on your list write out what has stopped in the past and what you are willing to do to make it happen now.
3) Create a visual collage and flood your daily life with your vision. My original (Round the World) photo collage took up almost an entire wall. Big dreams require a big vision.
4) Create a plan and take action towards your dream now. Find a mentor or an expert you respect to save you time. Find a community of people that are already living it. The more you learn from good people, the faster you will adopt the strategies and beliefs that work.
5) Tell the world about your goal. You are even more likely to follow through after you tell your friends and family. At least the ones that will help make you follow through. Neglect to tell the ones that will try to rain on your parade. Last but not least enjoy the journey, part of what makes us happy in life is progress. Be happy as you make progress, and you will arrive at your dream even faster.
Justin Troupe is a Writer, Photographer, and Worldwide Explorer on a mission to visit every country in the world. He writes for a group of unique people @ The Endless Weekend and there’s a whole lot to him. Definitely worth checking out!
P.s. Something that is very interesting are subliminal videos, better know as affirmation videos. These are videos with inspirational images and with really fast-flashing text that’s too quick to read by eye, but gets picked up by your subconscious.