Visualize, Verbalize, Actualize
Two months into 2010, how are those resolutions holding up? Here are real steps you can take to reach your goals and improve your life. J. Bishop
Think back twelve months to the resolutions you made regarding the coming year. Most Americans resolved to improve their fitness, take control of their finances or quit a vice. Now ask yourself how long your resolve lasted. Making a New Year’s resolution is easy, but keeping one can be a difficult task. This shouldn’t discourage you from setting goals to improve your life, in fact, it should give you confidence that you can take the first steps toward change, which are visualizing and verbalizing your goals. The final and most important step is actualization, taking charge of and responsibility for reaching the goals you have set for yourself. A life coach is an objective partner who helps you to keep the commitments you make to yourself, a sounding board to whom you can restate and refine your goals as you make progress towards them. Life throws constant challenges in our path. Be they financial worries, spiritual trials, family stress or daily hurdles, by making the commitment to yourself to continually verbalize, visualize and actualize your goals real lasting change can be created.
Have a clear picture of your goal; describe not only what you want but how it will make you feel. What does success taste or smell like to you? A clear mental picture of your goal makes it “real” in your mind and makes it much easier to realize in your life. Your life coach can help you visualize your goal.
Be able to clearly articulate your goal. The goal “I want financial security” is vague, the goal “I will be debt free with 3-6 months expenses in a savings account and a savings plan to pay for 50% of my children’s college tuition” is a clear and powerful goal. Tell other people about your specific goal. Your life coach is there to help you verbalize and hold you accountable to your goal.
Take action today. Ask yourself “Is this getting me closer to my goal or farther from it?”. When you find yourself consistently correcting your course towards your goal, you are making the fastest progress towards it. Take reasonable action; break your goal into smaller steps. Success at each step in the journey helps build confidence and builds momentum towards your goal. Your life coach will help you determine how big an action you can take at each step towards your goal, breaking the steps down into manageable pieces.
Now think back again to that resolution? See it in your mind, smell, taste and feel your success. Can you feel the excitement? Share it. Tell a friend, a family-member or even a stranger about your goal. Now take the first step towards your goal. What is one thing that you could do before you finish reading this article that would get you a little bit close to accomplishment? Do it. Continuously visualizing, verbalizing and actualizing will get you to your goals, faster than you may have imagined.
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