How to Use the Power of Visualization for Remarkable Business Success
When you use the power of visualization you experience fully what you want from your life and business. How do you want all aspects of your life to be like 5 years from now?
Creating a dream business can be exhilarating! Yet, service professionals like coaches and therapists often struggle with putting down on paper a business proposal that’s actually going to work for them. The reason? Usually, it’s because they focus on creating a to-do list that seldom gets done. If you want to turbo-charge your business, unlock the power of visualization.
What is the power of visualization? It involves using all of your five senses to make an experiential dive into what you really want from your business. In your mind’s eye, you experience it – you see it, feel it, smell it, and taste it. When you engage these senses in your business goals and plans, you become empowered in an extraordinary way. How do you do that?
The power of visualization lets you mentally experience today how you want your business and life to be in five years.
The first step to creating a business plan that gets fantastic results is to clearly identify what you want from all aspects of your life and business. Schedule a quiet weekend to dream big and get it all down on paper. Here are some areas to think about, but don’t get bogged down in the details. Just identify how you want to be and feel regarding each area.
Life Core Areas
You can download and print a copy of my simplified wheel of life. It would be a good addition to your vision board, which we’ll get to in a minute…
Business Core Areas
- Ideal Client
- Brand Identity
- Client Relationships and Retention
- Professional Development
- Operational Systems and Processes
Now the fun part begins! Turn all of these a’to-dos” and “to-bes” into a marvelousy motivational and inspirational vision board that will keep you going through the difficult times ahead..
How to Create a Vision Board
Creating a vision board is an excellent way to tap into the power of visualization. Have you ever made one? You collect objects or images (your personal photos or ones cut out from publications or the Internet) that represent specific ideas about your project, in this case setting up a profitable practice that supports the life you want to live. It would include your dream office space, your dream team (assistants, receptionist, bookkeeper, etc), your ideal clients, your seamless interpersonal interactions, what you’re feeling every step of the way, how it affects your life long-term (a picture of the college your son will go to, the house you’ll live in, the places you’ll visit) and so much more.
During the visualization process, make it as real and emotion-filled as possible. Don’t fixate on specific incomes, numbers, or details. Rather focus on the experience and the feelings associated with reaching your goals. For example, visualize how you help your client change her life and how she happily refers new clients to you until you have a steady stream of satisfied clients.
How will the power of visualization make your business more successful?
For one thing, it helps you avoid the trap of getting bogged down in the technical, how-to questions.
As you see and feel images that portray your desired outcome, a cognitive dissonance is created in your brain. This is the discomfort that you experience when you want something and don’t have it yet. It sends a message to your brain that this goal is important to you and that you’re not giving up on it. Your brain wants to create balance, so it fires your creativity so you can figure out ways to reach your goals. (Don’t be surprised if you wake up in the middle of the night with some great ideas. Have a notepad handy to jot them down, so you can go back to sleep).
As you make a daily practice of mindfully visualizing your desired outcome, your motivation and determination increase. Your goals become more real to you, more possible. You begin transitioning into the businessperson you envisioned, as a natural progression of events.
Visualizing goals helps you be more systematic in mapping and developing your business plan because you know exactly what will bring you the most satisfying results right now.
When you immerse yourself in this multi-sensory, experiential way, you connect emotionally with your goals. Ultimately, this is where the power of visualization comes from. It keeps you on track and always in alignment with your values and desires. As Carl Jung stated,
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
Are you ready to make the power of visualization work for you? Then unplug from the distractions of life for the weekend and allow yourself to dream big. Many people find that it helps to have someone guide them through the process. Empowering women is my passion. If you’re hitting roadblocks and would like some support and accountability, Please contact me and schedule a 30-minute complimentary consultation by phone or via Zoom, to see if we’re a good fit for each other. You deserve to make your big dreams happen.
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