Goal Setting and Visualisation are two processes that I use regularly. At the Tony Robbins UPW Seminar in March I learnt how to use these processes to give myself the best chance to succeed. They work in combination; set a goal to achieve what you really want and then visualise it coming true to make it more powerful.
GOAL SETTING: WANTING SOMETHING SO BAD THAT YOU DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU ACHIEVE IT
Setting goals many people see as a waste of time. In fact, most people don’t set goals at all. This is because they fear that they won’t achieve them. Fear can hold us back from reaching our destiny.
Prior to the Tony Robbins UPW seminar, I was like most people, it was extremely rare for me to set goals. While I was a driven person, I just didn’t understand how vital they are. Now that I know their importance, I set goals in all the areas of my life- financial, relationships, fitness etc., and in 2017 I’ve had the best year of my life.
It is important to set SMART goals. Setting lousy goals leads to lousy results. Setting goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reliable and Time Based), will make you more likely to achieve them. In upcoming fitness blogs, I will demonstrate SMART goals and how they work. I recently set a goal to complete the 60km Ultramarathon on the Great Ocean Road on May 20, 2018. I now have 6 months to train, and I’m counting down the days until this event!
Setting SMART goals will help you become inspired. If you truly want something, vividly imagine the pain you will experience if you don’t achieve it. Use that pain to your advantage and you will do everything you need to do to make sure you succeed. Finally, when your goal does come true, celebrate it appropriately! You deserve it!
This is a picture of me crossing the line, finishing my first ever marathon in October 2017. I set a goal to complete it in under 3 hours and 30 minutes and I’m proud to say that through hard work, belief and visualisation, it came true, running it in 3.28.11!
VISUALISATION: SEEING WHAT YOU REALLY WANT AS ACHIEVED, BEFORE IT ACTUALLY IS.
Tony Robbins taught me that the “human brain can’t tell the difference between something we vividly imagine and something we actually experience.“
After learning this, I set a goal in March, to captain my U19s Vermont football team to a premiership this season. At the time I made the goal, I hadn’t even been given captaincy, but I was already vividly imagining holding up the cup alongside my coach JB. The first thing I did was photoshop myself onto an old premiership photo he was a part of. This was a secret of mine all year, and I’m now glad to share it with you as my goal came true.
This wasn’t out of arrogance by any means. I simply had so much belief in my teammates that we were capable of achieving the ultimate success. We had such a connection and trust in each other, even in preseason, and therefore I knew that we were going to be a special team.
Before I went to sleep most nights I would look at the picture to remind myself how much I wanted this to achieve this goal. Be a Premiership Captain in 2017. I would see it, believe it, smile and then sleep.
I know this is out there! This is nothing like what most people do and that made me feel so comfortable. I love being unique as it gives me assurance that I’m always being myself and not someone else.
6 months after I set my goal, this happened:
How about that!
I want to make it clear that I’m not saying that visualisation is why we won. Not at all, because that would be unrealistic.
The message I’m sharing is:
Goal setting and visualising work arm in arm. Live life by setting powerful, SMART goals that will inspire you to achieve something you truly want. Use visualisation to add more emotion, giving you greater drive to achieve the goal as you are seeing the final result before is actually completed.