Do you want a head start getting what you really want in life?
Have you wondered how some great athletes and high achievers deliver their greatest results?
Are you frustrated, maybe feeling you don’t really know what you want?
If you know what you really want, have you been frustrated in your attempts to go there?
Would you find it helpful to overcome apathy and self-criticism?
Visualization is a tool my grade school swim coach, Mr. Griffin, taught me as a swimmer to literally see my success, hitting my goals before I ever hit the water. This tool’s effectiveness is supported by research.
Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.
I’ve joined visualization with a tool my book writing coach taught me, which is proven to help overcome apathy and self-criticism. Can taking the trash out of your head help you deliver on your best results faster? It sure helped me!
Here are some simple, fun exercises to “up your game” in your most important areas. Share your results when you finish!
Do one or more of the following exercises in a quiet, uninterrupted time and place where you can relax.
Set a timer for 10 minutes and imagine. Write for 10 minutes each, on the writing cues below.
Start writing or typing after you start the timer and do not stop writing or typing until after the timer expires. Fingers keep moving even if you don’t know what to write. If you’re really stuck, write “I don’t know what to write” repeatedly until a new idea surfaces. I promise, it won’t take long.
Finish whatever thoughts you still have in mind after the timer expires. Continue writing until you’ve exhausted ideas. You may write 10 minutes 2 seconds, or you may write 29 minutes. Exhaust your ideas.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are not important. The un-edited output of your unconstrained imagination is what we want.
You may want to take a break between each 10 minute writing block, as writing all in a row may be tiring. However, if you are up to it, you can write them at any time or in any sequence you like.
Cue 1 (The Life You Want):
“Describe your perfect day, week, month, and annual cycle (your perfect lifestyle), as YOU define it” This is from YOUR point of view, not what “they’ve” told you or you believe someone else wants to hear. No judgments. Describe events, locations, people, places, activities. Use your senses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste? Write vividly, in the present tense, but don’t worry about it if you drop out of tense. The most important thing is your unconstrained thinking on what’s most desirable to you.
Cue 2 (The Life You Love):
Take another 10 minutes. Write about this too, the same way as above:
“Describe your passions, the things you love, and things you’ve always wanted to do.” Again, begin when you start the 10 minute timer. Do not stop writing or typing until the timer runs out or you run out of things to write, whichever comes LATER.
Cue 3 (The Business You Want):
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