Visualize Your S.M.A.R.T Goals and Make them Real. Three Visual Thinking Techniques to Enhance Goals Setting Activity

Goal setting is an important component of living a more meaningful and fulfilled life. Goals allow us to grow, to improve, to develop new points of view, to be responsible and aware of our choices and to walk into a new versions of ourselves.

Actioning a functional and proved goal setting strategy can drastically improve the chances, not only of achieving what you have set, but also to determine in advance that our goals are really aligned with what we really want in a determined moment and why.

The first step in goal setting and fixing a personal growth plan is to think about what we really want and what results we attend.

What You Want 

Setting goals is an activity strictly related to the research/discovery of a sense of purpose in our lives and can be also considered a creative activity, in fact, according to Jim Rohn (entrepreneur and motivational speaker) philosophy “Goal setting gives you the chance to experience the power of your imagination and it involves thinking about the future”.

A proper goals setting activity can be applied to every life area. Every goal or objective, from intermediary step to overarching objective, can be made S.M.A.R.T. and as such, brought closer to reality. To set effective and S.M.A.R.T. Goals, that it is an acronym that incorporates and need to be conform to the following criteria: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.

• Specific: well defined, clear, and unambiguous

• Measurable: with specific criteria that effectively measure progresses towards the accomplishment of the goal

• Achievable: attainable and not impossible to achieve

• Realistic: within realistic and as much as possible relevant to your life purpose

• Timely: with a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a deadline date.

What Result You Want 

One of the most powerful action you can do to create the list of your S.M.A.R.T goals is to visualize what result you really want to achieve. The power of the mind is astonishing and, when it is developed with mindful practice and specific visualization techniques like, you can increase your goal setting ability!

The final result of each visualization must to be your highest vision for a given life area as health, career, relationship, family, finance ecc . Once connected with your vision, you can more easily set specific and detailed goals being more conscious that some goals require effective life changes.

The key to develop the most of your imaginative’s potential lies in two important factors: your awareness of the habitual ways in which it operates, and your willingness to work at better these habits if they’re not allowing you to create the results that you truly want to manifest.

Improving the way you use your imaginative potential can be facilitated by a regular practice of one or more techniques of creative visualizations and enforcing visualizations.

Visual Thinking in Goals Setting Activity

Thought the Interaction between our Conscious and Unconscious Minds, Goals an Objectives Guides Energy in the Physical world in order to Create Certain Behaviors (influenced by our Beliefs and Past Experiences).  There are Three requirements for Creative Visualization to be fully Effective:

1) the Desire to Create what you have Decided to Visualize, 

2) the Belief that you will Accomplish your S.M.A.R.T Goals and that through your Visualization You can Enforce the  Certainty that you will attain them, and 

3) the Personal Responsibility and Acceptance of Having whatever you have Visualized as your Goal.

The Following Visual Thinking Techniques Reflects perfectly the Above Requirements and They Can Work as An Effective Guideline during all the Process of Achievement: 

Creative Visualization/Meditation 

“Imagination is more Important than Knowledge.” Albert Einstein

Creative Visualization is known by a number of names: Creative Meditation, Imagery, Guided Daydreams, Directed Imagination, Inner Guide Meditation ecc. There are many Areas where Creative Visualization can work. Some people Believe that it is a Spiritual Power, and some Divine Force enables their Desires to become Real. Other people Feel that the Power comes from Inside them as a Functional Interaction between Unconscious and Conscious Mind.

Unconscious Beliefs Works as an act of Faith when they are Unknown and for the same reason we can Think that they are Linked to a Mysterious Divine Unknown Source. 

Beliefs are the Result of all the Conscious and Unconscious Information that you have Accepted as being True Throughout Life and that Guide Behaviors in the way they do because they are the Result of  Beliefs that Effectively Exist as Program in the Mind.

The images we Create in our Minds affect us Enormously and they are able to Change the way we Think and the Set of Beliefs in a Functional Way: for this Reason to Practice Creative Visualization during the Goal Setting Activity and the Process of Achievement can have an Enormous influence on the Result and the Possibility to Achieve a Determined Goal.

Vision Board

A vision board is a visual (more or less detailed) representation of goals or creative ideas (used as tool brainstorming strategy) used to motivate and inspire. A vision board often has an overall theme and it can be organized to represent the whole goals list or every specific goal.

The main ingredients of a vision board are:

  • The goal, the dream, the event, or project to be focus on.
  • A central location (a paper, a journal, a word document, or a board).
  • Pictures to insert in vision board

Mental Rehearsal Practice 

Mental rehearsal is the visualization practice of specific skills. That is, to imaginate in the mind the steps and the actions involved in actualization of the tasks or performance.

This practice is well known in between the athletes and personal trainers who have to be effectively specific to prepare the body and each muscle for a challenging performance. Overall many olympics use this visualization before every competition to center mind and body to stay focused on both the performance and the final result.

Mental rehearsal is a valuable way to overlearn a skill, for the purposes of:

• Making the skill/task accomplishment easier to perform, with the need less conscious attention and effort during the practice

• Performing with more accuracy

• Creating a more permanent, long-term memory of the skill avoiding as more as possible unexpected and blind spots.

Mental rehearsal should be performed after that the process has been studied accurately otherwise, you might end up rehearsing the wrong steps, sequence, or behaviors: for example in learning while we prepare for an exam.

Author: Cristina Capucci

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