As a professional life coach in New Jersey, I work with many people who have wonderful goals. However, they come seeking life coaching because they just can’t make these goals turn into reality! Fortunately, there are ways to help you take this next step. Today’s blog will focus on the technique of visualization, sharing ways that this technique can help you reach your goals in the New Year.
What is Visualization? And what is it NOT?
Visualization is a psychological technique to help you view, imagine, and work toward your goals. To use visualization, you imagine that you are already achieving your goals. Imagine how accomplished you feel, how different your life is, the work you have done to get here, and how your life looks. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you may visualize yourself thinner, exercising regularly, fitting into those pants you love, or eating a reasonable portion at mealtimes. What visualization is NOT is simple positive thinking? If you just sit and visualize forever, you’ll be stuck sitting and visualizing forever!
How Does it Help?
Visualization helps by making goals and the work needed to accomplish those goals clear in your mind. In the example above, one might visualize a healthy relationship with food. What does that look like on a plate? Does the visualization include a change in food patterns? Visualization not only makes goals clear, so you can work toward them, it prepares your mind. Just like rehearsing a song in your head helps you remember the lyrics, mentally rehearsing your goals and the steps you will take to get there makes it more likely that they will happen.
Maximize Your Visualization
Want to get the most out of your visualization? Affirmations can be a great way to keep your progress on track. These are not simple “feel-good” statements such as “I am the best employee ever and will find a job,” but positive reflections on actions taken toward goals, such as “I am preparing myself for my new job by doing research in my field every day.” If you find it difficult to stay focused on your visualizations, try making them more “visual” by writing or drawing them.
Even the biggest goals for the New Year can be tackled bit by bit! To start reaching your goals with the help of a professional life coach in New Jersey, contact Life Coach JB today!