In any sport you partake in there is an ultimate purpose.  Whether it is getting the puck in the net, the golf ball in the hole or knocking down all the pins in bowling.  If you want to participate you need to know what the ultimate goal is in any competition.

If the activity is new to you or you are an expert, visualization gives you the edge you need to be proficient and excel in your efforts. If you are new and want to learn, watching videos from the experts can be invaluable. The visual plants a seed of familiarity so mentally it’s not new, you just have to get your body to catch up. By imagining yourself in that scene, over and over, in reality you just need to step into that activity and feeling. Mental imagery is really just a rehearsal for the real thing.

“Visualizing is daydreaming with a purpose”. – Bo Bennett

Why Is Goal Setting Important?

So, what does visualization have to do with goal setting? Everything!  When you set a goal, it helps trigger the new desired behavior. A goal needs to be visual then it is real. The focus gives the momentum you need to keep going. A goal not recorded is just a wish.

Definition:  Grind – verb- to perform repetitive tasks over and over in order to attain a goal.

Controlling Your Future

Goals put in place are like a map to your future. It helps you be accountable daily for every action and every missed step you take. On days when there are detours, you recognize those detours and quickly get back on track. When you are in charge of the goals you set, that is empowering on its own but it also gives a sense of control and positive self-direction. 


Clarity When Decisions Need to be Made

When our kids were teenagers, when they went out with friends, our farewell remarks would be “remember who you are”.  Hopefully during those fleeting moments, they would think about the standards they want to keep in a peer pressure environment.

Goals need to be specific and well defined. No wiggle room. The grey areas can get you in trouble in a weak moment.

  1. Set Specific Goals. Your goal must be clear and well defined. 
  2. Set Measurable Goals. Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. 
  3. Set Attainable Goals. Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. 
  4. Set Relevant Goals
  5. Set Time-Bound Goals.
Venture Capitalist and Engineer John Doerr states “our objectives need to combine both purpose and passion.” 

Motivation, The Only Time Looking Back Is Allowed

Setting both long term and short-term goals is important.  It gives you measurable success on your journey. Taking time to pause and see where you were and how far you have come helps realize the power you have to get where you want to go.  

It also gives you time to re-evaluate and assess your progress. Sometimes when we first set goals, we undervalue our ability and what we can achieve. That alone can sometimes be an additional spark to keep going.  

When I enrolled in 23andMe, one of the assessments that came back was that I had an ‘Elite Power Athlete Gene’. On daily physical struggles I remember that to keep going. Every little thing helps.

 Process, performance, and outcome is a good measuring stick to follow.


A Sense of Purpose

Our lives can be a collection of humdrum activities. Days go by and you can’t remember what you have accomplished beyond the ‘have to do’ things. Some people think setting goals takes away your freedom. “If I have no expectations, then I can’t be disappointed”. Does just not being disappointed make for a happy life?  It’s like having a present sitting there waiting to be opened but you don’t open it because you might not like what’s in there. When we don’t challenge ourselves, who knows what hidden talents, abilities and gifts are just waiting to enrich our lives.

Yes, talent is important, but often your success depends much more on what you decide to do with that talent.


Beware of Shiny Object Syndrome

This can really throw you off course, where people focus all attention on something that is current and trendy, yet drop this as soon as something new takes its place.

When setting goals your research is imperative to put a solid plan in place. There are so many ‘what’s new’ ways and short cuts for people to get what they want. Online courses, diet tends, exercise gadgets, food plans. Get rich quick with whatever you want is everywhere.  So, when you personally craft your plan make sure ‘it’s tried and true just for you’. Flip flopping around is another waste of time… been there done that.  It’s filled with those grey areas and loopholes that basically open the door to failure. 


Personal Satisfaction

Whatever your goal is, hole in one, weight loss, renewed health, new job, the arrival is like no other feeling. No one did it for you. You broke through the barriers that were tough, endless, painful, and exhausting. Basically, you did the work that most people are not willing to do.

  1. “Begin with the end in mind.” – Franklin Covey
  2. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
  3. “A goal without an action plan is a daydream.” – Nathaniel Brandon 
  4. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
  5. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

 

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” – John Maxwell
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