Everyone talks about the importance of goals – but almost no-one talks about how to actually think about your goals.
Let’s imagine for a minute one of your goals for this year is to own a new dream house. Rather than thinking of your future dream house, think from your dream home.
Imagine yourself actually living in that dream home – as if you were already there. Imagine walking in the front door of your dream home. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? What can you taste? How does it feel to acquire this home? What are you saying to yourself?
Actually experience living there. That’s the difference between simply thinking of your dream home and thinking from it.
How important is it to do this?
In his book, Golf my Way, Jack Nicklaus revealed how he used this technique to become one of the greatest golfers of all time. Before each shot, he created a mental movie of the entire golf shot in his head.
“I never hit a shot, even in practice without having a very sharp, in focus picture of it in my head. It’s like a colour movie. First I “see” the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes and I “see” the ball going there; it’s path, trajectory, and shape, even it’s behaviour on landing. Then there’s sort of a fade out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.”
Here’s another great example. The world held it’s collective breath during the 1984 Olympics as American gymnast Mary Lou Retton stood at the end of her mat preparing for her final vault. The stakes couldn’t be higher. She had to score a perfect score, a 10, or lose it all – lose the dream, the gold, the team pride, everything.
She closed her eyes for a few seconds, then got into position, ran like a demon on fire, and nailed a perfect 10 off the pommel horse to clinch the gold medal for herself and Team USA.
When asked by reporters afterward what she was thinking when she closed her eyes before her run to victory, she told them she saw herself doing every motion precisely, flawlessly, and achieving a perfect score.
When you think from your goals you get to visualise the future and build a clear picture of what it looks like and feels like.
As always action is the key!
Have you set your goals and committed them to paper?
If not perhaps now is the time to grab your diary and block out some quiet time!
Are you thinking of your goals or from your goals?
The content in this blog is based on the latest book by our COO, Royston guest, RISE: Start living the life you were meant to lead.
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