If you could time travel and wake up one year from today where would you be? What would you have accomplished and what would life look like for you?
Would you have a new job, a relationship or live in a new home? Would you have lost 10 pounds? (That one keeps slipping back on my list) Going to the gym? Change your look? Go back to school? Take up mountain biking? (I don’t recommend that one see #take it on the road)
If you say you would change nothing what does that mean? Surely we can all use some personal improvement. What is holding you back? Is it fear of failure? Self-judgment? Nay-Sayers? Plain laziness?
Snap out of it! We all need an end game and set of goals to strive for.
I always have and end game in mind, and a set of goals and dreams in my back pocket. I recommend you do the same.
My trick is to visualize myself at my personal best. I imagine I have already achieved my ultimate life accomplishment and have completed my goals; then I work backwards.
I start by asking myself the following questions:
What are the obstacles standing in my way?
(Tonight it is a cancelled flight)
What resources, options and solutions are already available to me?
(I can always get a hotel room and re-book for tomorrow)
What will the payoff be?
(A good night sleep, a glass of wine, definitely a Snickers bar)
How will I feel now that I have accomplished my dreams?
(Like I did not visualize myself on the living-room couch hard enough)
All kidding aside, visualization, goal setting, assessing your resources, options, and solutions, imagining the pay-off and “acting as if” are powerful tools. They may be all that is standing in the way of achieving the life of your dreams.
What is your end game? I would love to know!