How to VISUALISE your WHY to achieve your goals
If you’re here with me at FHIT I’m sure you’ve come with personal goals for what you want to achieve, how you want to feel or how you want to transform and from your very first week I’ve been asking you ‘WHY?’ – What has motivated your choice to train with me and live a FHIT life?
Connecting with our WHY is a powerful tool that helps to keep us motivated and moving in the direction of our goals – but sometimes just stating our why isn’t quite enough to keep us on track when life throws challenges our way.
If we really want to reach our goals and connect with our WHY we need to see it to really believe it. Put simply, one of the most powerful things you can do to achieve your goal is to visualise it by creating a strong mental image of your goal as a reality.
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” – Robert Collier
Visualisation might sound a bit fluffy or childish, but this kind of daydreaming is anything but. Research has backed how effective it can be. When we really visualise an act our brain creates neural pathways that become memories and learnt behaviours. This all helps when it comes down to the crunch and we’re actually doing what we have visualised. Muscle memory kicks in and statistics prove that more often than not, we perform better. It’s something professional athletes have long done to improve their performance and a part of how they prepare mentally and it’s an incredible tool for reaching your own goals.
So how do you do it?
- Take a moment in a place you can focus without disruption.
- Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths in and out and hold the goal you want to achieve in your mind.
- Imagine the details of this best possible outcome. Where are you? What are you doing? Who is there with you?
- Visualise yourself in this moment fully. Focus on every sense letting yourself vividly see and feel the emotion. Hold this image and the feelings it brings in your mind for a moment more. Breathe in and out deeply and open your eyes.
At first this might feel a little strange but stick with it and try to embrace this moment and visualise your goal regularly. You may want to use visual aids like a photo, write the scene out descriptively or even draw to help you really create a vivid mental image.
Once you’ve got a clearer mental picture in mind of your end goal do one more equally important thing: repeat the exercise but this time, instead of your end goal visualise the steps you took you did to achieve this moment.
Think of every step involved in the process and maintain a positive mindset.
And that’s it. Simple, right?
While visualisation alone won’t guarantee your success (yep, sorry – we all need to put the work in too!) it will help you to stay on track, change your behaviours, and inspire you when you meet challenges.
So go ahead and try it. Ask yourself today ‘What is my WHY?’ and then build on that answer by visualising your success and you will be one big step closer to making it your reality.