Many business owners think that visualization strategies are a bunch of malarkey.
They think that envisioning success is a waste of time, at best – and harmful, at worst.
However, there are many studies that show the effectiveness of visualization strategies for achieving success in both business and life.
I can also attest to its effectiveness, both in my own life and in my clients’ lives.
So if you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or ineffective in your business or life, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.
4 Visualization Strategies You Can Use Today
Ready to identify a vision and run with it?
Use one or all of the strategies below to start manifesting success in your life and business.
1. Create a “Painted Picture”.
This is a visualization strategy that Brian Scudamore, founder of 1-800-Got-Junk, used to break through a major revenue roadblock in his business.Creating a 'Painted Picture' is a visualization strategy that Brian Scudamore, founder of 1-800-Got-Junk, used to break through a major revenue roadblock in his business.Click To Tweet
He explains that creating a painted picture involves 3 simple steps:
- Retreat – Take a break from your day to retreat to a quiet area
- Visualize – Envision yourself 5 years in the future. Be as detailed as possible! This is the “painting” part of the process.
- Ask – Ask your “future you” some questions about how you achieved success.
It’s a super-simple technique that you can easily build into your daily routine, and that will keep you moving steadily toward your goals.
2. Visualize Your Day
While the painted picture technique helps you envision your long-term success, it can also be important to visualize the outcomes you want to achieve today.
You can do this visualization strategy first thing in the morning, take a few minutes to imagine concrete outcomes and successes you want to achieve during your day.
For instance, you might visualize yourself:
- Booking an important new client
- Having a positive mindset as you work at a challenging task
- Completing a task you’ve been dreading (visualize exactly how good it feels!)
- Having a productive meeting with your team
Visualize yourself actually doing these things, as well as imagining exactly how you’ll feel as you do them.
It’s amazing how this simple technique can reduce stress, keep you motivated, and help you accomplish way more than you thought possible!
3. Create a Vision Board
Vision boards are one of my favorite goal-setting visualization strategies to improve your mindset.
They’re simply a visual representation of all the things you want to attract in your life – both personally and professionally.
Author and motivational speaker Jack Canfield recommends the following steps for creating your vision board:
- Cut out or draw pictures of experiences, feelings or possessions you want to attract
- Make sure to include a picture or representation of yourself!
- Include quotes and sayings you find particularly inspiring
- Make sure your vision board is attractive and tidy so you actually enjoy looking at it
Keep in mind you DON’T need to be super artsy to pull off a vision board! As long as you know how to use scissors and glue, you’re good to go.
4. Visualize Yourself Having the Skills You Desire
We know from the research that the part of the brain responsible for remembering past events is actually the same part responsible for visualizing future events. We also know that because of this, visualizing ourselves succeeding actually makes us more adaptive.Research shows that the part of the brain responsible for remembering past events is actually the same part responsible for visualizing future events. Because of this, visualizing ourselves succeeding actually makes us more adaptive.Click To Tweet
One of the best ways to put this into practice is to visualize yourself with the skills you want or need in order to achieve your goals.
For instance, do you struggle with sales? Do this visualization strategies to improve your mindset — Visualize yourself sitting face-to-face with a client, confidently closing the sale.
Do you feel less-than-comfortable when it comes to public speaking or being in front of a camera? Imagine yourself giving an amazing talk – and actually enjoying being the center of attention!
This is a simple visualization strategy that will help calm your nerves…and may even manifest the skills you need the most!
Using visualization strategies in your day-to-day life doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming.
I recommend setting aside 5-10 minutes each morning to visualize your ideal life and business – whatever that may look like to you.
You have the power to change your beliefs about success and cultivate a growth mindset in order to achieve anything you want. I believe that and encourage you to explore your own thoughts, especially those that are limiting you. When you become aware of your self-sabotaging beliefs, you can being the process of changing them. Visualization is a great place to do that.
Which of the visualization strategies above are you going to try this week? Let me know in the comments below.