Join Todd Dewett for an in-depth discussion in this video Visualizing success, part of Building Self-Confidence.
If you want to be successful, you have to able to see yourself being successful. So your next step is to learn how to visualize success. We know that overachievers spend a lot of time actually thinking about the end state that they want to achieve. It's like a movie that you've gotta play in your mind. I'm talking about a detailed movie that you can see, and almost feel, of you achieving the things you want to achieve. Let me give you an example. When I was in college, I thought about how nice it would be to graduate.
That was a thought that kept me focused, almost every day, when I walked across campus. I would look at a particular coliseum where I knew, several years later, I would graduate. I had a movie playing in my head every time I saw that building. The movie starred me, walking across a stage, shaking someone's hand and receiving a diploma. I loved that movie. I watched it a lot. The same can work for you. We talked about running a few minutes ago. If you want to run the marathon and not just the new goal of 7.5 miles, you have to envision yourself training at 18 miles a clip.
You have to envision yourself, feel yourself, training, in your mind, to 26.2 miles. That's what it means to envision success. Maybe it's a business goal. So then you need to think about yourself sitting in a new office, doing new things, with a new title and new responsibilities. It doesn't matter what the area is, you have to spend time in thought, in detail, creating and playing that movie in your head, to keep yourself focused. Now, I know you can't spend massive hours every day doing this.
That's just simple daydreaming. But on the flip side, if you don't spend at least five minutes, every day, actively envisioning what you're going to achieve in the long term, playing that movie. Then you're not giving yourself the boost that you need. What we know is that when you are able to clearly and consistently see that future state, then you're ready to achieve it.