Sunday, August 29, 2010

Visualize Your Goal

San Francisco  is a gorgeous city with incredible views and lovely old homes that are so close together on such steep streets that owning or renting somewhere with it's own parking space is rare. For the most part, people park on the streets. If you do have a garage, there is a high probability that someone desperate for a parking space at any price, will park in front of your driveway and block you in.  One of my favorite messages of all time was spray painted on someones garage door in San Francisco.  It said, "Visualize being towed".  I bet that was quite effective in keeping the driveway clear!

I've written a lot in previous posts about goal setting.  It is the foundation of achieving your dream.  The difference between a dream and a goal is a plan and in the process of setting a goal, you begin the planning stage of achieving your dream.  Your goal should be realistic but still challenging.  It should be measurable with clear definition and a time frame for accomplishing it.  Here's an example of a goal that I am just about to accomplish:  Write and publish a children's book within one year.  Once you have the goal written what do you do with it?  Visualize that goal.  Write it daily IN THE PRESENT TENSE and as you write it VISUALIZE accomplishing it.  Here's how I have written this goal in my journal for the past year:  I am an author who is publishing and selling books.  What happens when you write in the present tense?  Eventually it becomes who you are.  Your goal is no longer something far out in the future, an unreal dream.  Instead it becomes literally who you are and taking the steps each day to accomplish the goal becomes natural.  What is initially awkward become ingrained.  As you identify your goals, keep visualization in mind as a powerful tool.

Ask and it shall be given you;
seek, and you shall find;
knock and it shall be opened to you.
-Luke 11:9

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