Self-confidence is a hard trait to develop. It is easier to focus on the negative, rather than finding a way to visualize success within yourself.
Picturing yourself in a positive, successful environment is key in improving your chances of accomplishing your goals.
What Is Visualization?
The idea of visualization is becoming more popular in mainstream media these days. Lots of successful people use visualization to help them find success. But there’s still confusion on what visualization actually is!
Visualization can simply be defined as picturing the things you want in your life, in your mind.
Typically paired with practices like meditation and mindfulness, the process of visualization usually helps with finding a calming, quiet environment. Once you’re in a peaceful state, you’ll start focusing on what experiences you want to have in life.
Details are everything if you want to visualize success.
For example, if you want to earn a raise at your job, visualization requires more than just picturing your boss talking to you about a raise.
You’ll want to think about the feelings involved:
- What’s it like when your boss tells you the news?
- How are you dressed when you hear the news?
- What physical details would you notice when this event happens?
The more specific you can get in your visualization process, the more focused (and powerful) it will be.
7 Ways To Visualize Success
The concept may be new to you. But with these seven steps, you’ll be ready to visualize success and see it come to life. Plus, you’ll be able to see how visualization as a strategy can benefit you!
Picture Yourself Achieving Your Goal
Visualizing success starts with being able to picture it. If you can’t see yourself as successful, then you can kiss your dreams goodbye.
You have goals that you want to achieve. And you should be confident in your ability to achieve them! Get the idea of failure and past mistakes out of your head—it’s time to focus on what you want to accomplish.
Picture details. All of them. You can start by focusing on your five senses. Think about what you can:
You may think it’s weird to focus on these senses when visualizing your success, but it will help put you in the moment. The more you imagine yourself in detail in your successful environment, the more real the possibility of success will feel.
Create A Vision Board
It can be difficult to picture what our goals look like in our heads. But vision boards help you make your goals physical!
A vision board is a board, paper, or book that consists of photos that reflect what you want in life. You’re seeing your goals in a real space, every day. You can even create a digital vision board to take with you on the go.
For example, let’s say you want to become a stronger public speaker. Your vision board may have photos of famous public speakers or quotes that motivate you to learn more about public speaking.
Focus On Positivity
Self-doubt can be a silent killer for our dreams.
Luckily, even in hard times, remembering the positive moments in our lives will pull you out of self-sabotage. Take the time to focus on memories that make you happy. They can be small, like lunch with your friends…or bigger, like seeing your favorite artist in concert.
In order to achieve success, you’ll need to find a way to swim out of the negative energy. Surrounding yourself with positivity and happiness can help you focus more on what you want to work toward.
Use Positive Affirmations to Visualize Success
You are most likely the first person that you talked to as a child. You may still talk to yourself today (we all do it sometimes, it’s normal)! Children speak to themselves before others in order to navigate the process of communicating their thoughts.
Research shows that adults should try to do the same thing.
Give yourself a pep-talk, release stress, and reiterate your future successes. Positive affirmations are one way to visualize success.
An internal pep-talk is a great way for you to focus on maintaining your positivity. The conversations you have with yourself are part of a judgment-free zone. You have more room to grow your self-confidence and visualize success.
You have the ability to stop thinking about the negative! The more you engage with yourself, the more power you have to push out that self-doubt.
Write Out Your Goals On Paper
Trying to picture a full image of success in your head might not be right for you. That’s okay!
There are plenty of other ways for you to visualize success without having to physically see the details.
Write out your goals to help put them into a physical space without the need to imagine them. By seeing your words on paper, you’ll remind yourself what matters. You can engage with your goals on a daily basis while accepting what you want to accomplish.
When You Visualize Success, Be Detailed
I can’t say it enough. Details are SO important!
When you are visualizing, you are going to want to know everything that’s going on. Don’t be afraid to dive deeper into your dreams.
If you can describe your dreams and goals in more depth, they become more meaningful.
Yes, it’s in your head. But that doesn’t mean that all of this meaning can’t be translated into real life. These details can help push you toward accomplishing your goals!
Think Short-Term and Long-Term
You have a lot of goals you want to accomplish (and that’s a great thing) but you need to be able to separate them. Long-term goals are not attainable goals if they aren’t supported by short-term ones. How are you getting to the finish line without the work?
Make sure that your visualization doesn’t turn into romanticization. That means that you need to be able to acknowledge the work you have to put in to reach your goals. Think of the outcome of every goal you have. Focus on how you can attain them.
By visualizing your goals and then setting a plan for them, you’re taking the slow, steady path to achieve success.
Your dreams and goals may seem far away. But they don’t have to be. By understanding the process of visualization, and how you can implement it in your life, you will find it easier to visualize success!