Dream Big! The Power of VisualisationJune 17, 2021 2021-06-19 15:18
Dream Big! The Power of Visualisation
Dream Big! The Power of Visualisation
We all know that having a positive mindset is one of the most powerful things we can do to live a healthy life.
Our mindset is a crucial factor that determines our success or failure. All the world’s most successful people see themselves succeeding in their minds before they do it in reality.
This is what we call visualisation!
This is the technique of building in your imagination a visual scene of your goal.
No matter the goal big or small, having goals in mind give us a sense of purpose, but many of us remain stuck at the beginning of the goal.
We start with the best intentions and even a great plan to achieve that goal… but then we stop. We can’t seem to make any more progress.
Visualisation will help you overcome this.
Henry Ford on the power of having a positive mindset
The first step to achieving the business and life you desire is to determine what precisely that looks like. Idealisation is the process of determining exactly what you want to achieve with your life, your business, your family, your friends.
In an ideal world what would your life look like?
For many business owners, when starting the visualisation process, they often find that they hadn’t considered the dream goal for their business but instead focused on managing day-to-day activities.
Start by reflecting on what you’ve accomplished so far and start to map out the future that you want.
It’s essential to not get bogged down on the details when it comes to planning the goal you have for your business. You don’t have to have all of the points covered or all of the minutia in mind. It’s okay to have a starting basis for where you’d like your business to be and focus on that.
It’s likely that your goals might change down the road, and it’s essential to keep the vision in your mind flexible. Idealisation can be revisited as often as you need to.
If your situation changes and you find that you want to specialise in a different field to take advantage of the opportunities there, feel free to revisit and re-plan what you have in mind for your business.
Visualisation helps business owners to transform significant abstract goals into smaller, achievable chunks which can be targeted and aimed for.
With the big picture of your business in mind, start looking at the steps necessary to get there?
What specialisation do you want to focus on for your business?
Who are your ideal clients?
What size do you want your business to be five years from now?
These are all critical questions that need to be answered now so you can take the steps necessary to target them.
One of the best ways to manifest this visualisation is to use a vision board.
A Vision Board
A vision board consists of texts and images which capture what the goal you have is. For your business, you can add pictures of buildings, teams, slogans and whatever else that captures the company you’d like to build.
A vision board can be a great way to visualise what your business will be like and can be a constant motivating reminder whenever you look at it.
Listen to our podcast episode: Vision vs Execution
In this episode, Stefan shares more of his famous “Stefanisms” – key advice on how to constantly improve, and ultimately succeed, in achieving and executing your vision for your business.
Key to this is a need to develop outcome-based thinking. Always ask 3 key questions:
1. What’s working?
2. What’s not working?
3. What will we do about it?
Stefan also discusses the need to always see things from an optimistic perspective, how to prioritize work so that you always get your most valuable tasks done, and how to stay focused on the most important aspects of your business.
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Visualisation is usually the process of putting thoughts onto paper and can end up being scrapped if not shared or invested in. When you think of the dream for your business and the process to get there, share it with everyone who will support you.
This includes your team, your partners and your loved ones, as all of them will play a part in helping you achieve these results.
Research has shown that when keeping your goals to yourself, especially those for your business, they can often become distant to-do lists as the day-to-day tasks continue to add up. In order to help you keep that vision in mind, it can be very helpful to have people hold you accountable.
This is where verbalisation is key; your business plan should be communicated to everyone on the team who can also contribute to it.
Growing a thriving business involves collaboration and teamwork with everyone invested in it.
Building a business that reflects your ideals and goals is a marathon and not a sprint. It can be challenging to stay focused on your goals as the day-to-day responsibilities and problems build up.
A great way to stay motivated and on track is to celebrate the small milestones and achievements that come along the way.
Take a moment to step and back and taste the success of the small accomplishments you achieve along with your team and loved ones. As you collect these memories, you can take a step back and look back on all the progress you’ve made.
Celebrating is a great way to internalize and create memories for these milestones.
Go out for an expensive dinner, take your team out for a trip and do something that internalizes that memory. It may seem insignificant, but celebrating the small achievements you make will help you keep motivated along this journey.
This process is not something that is completed at one go – you don’t make a vision board and revisit it 30 years down the road to see if your business matches it. This is a cyclical process and involves reviewing each of these items routinely.
Suppose the economy shifts and you need to navigate your business in a different direction. In that case, you can revisit idealisation and plan for what you want your business to look like again.
The process of dreaming and visualisation is ongoing. It will you keep focused, motivated and energised and help you push through any actual or perceived barriers preventing you from achieving your goals.