Envisioning, or visualization, and the use of envisioning as a success tool, is not new. It’s been around for decades, but like many other fundamental business differentiators, it is primarily used by a small minority of entrepreneurs and business people. This is a shame, because when exercised correctly, it can help one achieve their goals not only in business, but in most other facets of their life.
One reason envisioning is not employed as often as it could be is that it’s difficult. Like most skills that can produce dramatic changes, it requires a solid base, constant maintenance, updates as necessary, and reflection to realize its success. Life and the daily distractions of our lives get in the way and planning something that may not occur for years or decades takes a back seat.
The concept of envisioningis deceivingly simple, considering the difficulty most people have in successfully implementing it. One must create a picture in their minds of what it is they want to achieve. This may be attaining a successful role in their chosen career; publishing a significant paper or book; building their dream home; starting and selling a company for $100M; or getting married and raising a family. After achieving this mental picture, one then sets out to achieve that goal, keeping in mind the picture so that when they attain the goal, they clearly realize they have achieved their specified goal and can file it away as a success, enjoy the increased confidence and beneficial feelings that rightfully come with that success, and move on to the next visualization with more confidence they can achieve their goals.
Follow these steps to successful envisioning.
How Your Beliefs Can Help You or Hurt You
In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.
— Carol Dweck, Stanford University
The benefits of a growth mindset might seem obvious, but most of us are guilty of having a fixed mindset in certain situations. That can be dangerous because a fixed mindset can often prevent important skill development and growth, which could sabotage your health and happiness down the line.
For example, if you say, “I’m not a math person” then that belief acts as an easy excuse to avoid practicing math. The fixed mindset prevents you from failing in the short–run, but in the long–run it hinders your ability to learn, grow, and develop new skills.
Meanwhile, someone with a growth mindset would be willing to try math problems even if they failed at first. They see failure and setbacks as an indication that they should continue developing their skills rather than a signal that indicates, “This is something I’m not good at.”
As a result, people who have a growth mindset are more likely to maximize their potential. They tend to learn from criticism rather than ignoring it, to overcome challenges rather than avoiding them, and to find inspiration in the success of others rather than feeling threatened or inferior.
Are Your Beliefs Holding You Back?Dweck’s research raises an important question about the connection between what you believe and what you do.
If you believe things about yourself like…
It’s pretty clear that those fixed mindsets will cause you to avoid experiences where you might feel like a failure. As a result, you don’t learn as much and it’s hard to get better.
What can you do about this? How can you change the things you believe about yourself, eliminate your fixed mindset, and actually achieve your goals?
How Your Actions Change Your BeliefsIn my experience, the only way I know to change the type of person that you believe that you are — to build a new and better identity for yourself — is to do so with small, repeated actions.
I have historically brought emotion to my motions of life. If I move in that direction and spark of creativity arises and gives me hope that I will “survive” and thrive.
Super important to not believe you need all the answers right away, just move confidently in that direction and believe the answers will come.
The two keys to unlock your success
Getting what you want out of life can depend on several factors, but these two keys can not be ignored. In fact these two keys require only your effort and everything out of your control is just that, “out of your control.”
Here are your two keys:
Gain and develop a mental picture. -
If your goals is to compete in a spartan race, envision your training regimen. Envision yourself performing during the event. Envision what you want the outcome to be. Gain or obtain a mental picture of your success. This takes effort, conscious effort. I compare this to building a brand new home, you need to dig in the soil to lay a foundation and most of this time this is where most of the work happens. Moving soil and obstacles that can hinder your process. When you have gained this mental picture and it is becoming clear what you are after, strengthen this by developing this. Develop a mental picture of what the win looks like and be able to articulate it well. Development is a constant effort over time, keeping this image in your mind daily is a win. The best athletes in the world are experts at this. If the goal is to build your company into the best place to work in your area, what does that look like? Who will be on the team? What will the culture feel like? What will competitors say about you? Develop the mental picture.
Work hard and persevere.-
As much as we may all like to believe it, achieving lofty goals takes a ton of hard work and perseverance. Having a vision is just the first step. Longterm planning benefits temporarily, but everyday action will win always. Success can be defined in many ways. But successful people have not been handed more opportunities than the rest of us. Hard work breeds opportunity. And then even more hard work is required to turn that opportunity into something great. Have vision, work hard and never be out of the fight.
I urge you use these keys today,
I’ve always wanted to reach my full potential and abilities. Although I’ve had success, I don’t think that I’ve created super extraordinary levels of success quite yet, nor do I believe I have tapped into my full potential. Other people can judge me, but I know my true potential and whether I’m living up to it.
Don’t let anyone else judge your success. If you don’t consider it your duty — your obligation — to live up to your potential, then you will live a life far short of what you are capable of.
I want to tell you about four changes that can be made to reach your highest potential:
1. Write down your goals.
Youset these goals. Don’t let anybody else tell you what your goals should be. Think of success like breathing air; your last breath is important, but it’s your next breath that’s vital. Goals keep you focused on what’s next, and writing them down keeps you on track.
2. Choose things just out of reach.
Don’t just think about what is “realistic.” The problem with realistic thinking is that it’s usually based on what others think is possible. They don’t know your potential. Whenever you start a task with a mind toward the potential outcome, you will limit the actions required to accomplish that goal.
3. Take massive action.
Never do anything normal. Take massive action until one day it is no longer an unusual activity but a habit for you. People will ask you: “Why are you still out this late?” “What are you doing calling on a Saturday?” “You never quit, do you?” And even “What are you on?” Big goals require big actions. Reaching your full potential requires massive actions.
4. Stay persistent.
How do you get a nail in a wall? You hit it over and over and over. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The ability to persist on your path regardless of setbacks, unexpected events, bad news and resistance — to continue firmly in your purpose in spite of conditions — is a trait common to those who make it. Reaching your potential requires you to be persistent; there are no quitters here.
How much success have you accumulated in your life? Whatever level you have attained, you can do more. Never limit your potential success and never limit what you will do to create and keep that success. Have monster goals and attack them hard. Remember that people who are highly successful — in both their professional and personal lives — continue to work, produce and create long after they’ve flourished.
When it comes to your career, never work for your quota; work to your potential.
When it comes to your career, never work for your quota; work to your potential. Working for your potential will keep you highly motivated. This also ties into your ethical obligation. You know what you’re capable of, not others. Quotas are numbers made up by others for you to hit. How did they come up with that quota? Don’t operate by what others think is possible.
Understand also that you will not reach your full potential without increasing your knowledge. You must train and invest in yourself to make yourself better. LeBron James is trying to reach his full potential as a basketball player because he trains daily. Anything you want to flourish in will require you to put in time and energy.
You also can’t reach your full potential holding on to where you are. Start writing your goals down each day. Choose things just out of reach. And take massive actions to hit them.
Let Us Define: You use potential to say that someone or something is capable of developing into the particular kind of person or thing mentioned. ... If you say that someone or something has potential, you mean that they have the necessary abilities or qualities to become successful or useful in the future.
Have you ever been told “you’ve got so much potential?” I have. Plenty of times.
At first it feels like a compliment. It feels like there’s someone else that recognizes something in you that you can’t see in yourself.
It can feel nurturing and make you want to lift your game.
But there’s a downside because being told you have potential implies that you could be more than you are today.
You’re not as good as you could be. Not today anyway. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.
Being told you have potential can set up a lack of self-belief that sounds like this: “If I have so much potential, why is it that I’m not doing better? There must be something wrong with me, why is it o hard to tap into it?”
So, before you tell your kids, players or colleagues they have potential, ask yourself what you mean by the word potential. Instead of using such a vague term, get specific. And be clear about what it is that you’re attempting to achieve.
Are you trying to highlight the gap between your expectations and their performance? If so, say something like this discouraging statement.
“John, your sales target was $100,000 for he month and you achieved $70,000. This isn’t acceptable. Why do you think you missed the target?”
Let me hear the boo’s on that one!
If you are trying to be encouraging? Mention something specific they’ve done well.
“John, I was listening to the way you handled the call to Mrs Jones. You showed a great deal of empathy and your use of questions resulted in a sales appointment. Well done.”
Are you trying to get them to improve their performance? Highlight one of their wins then ask them what they learned and how they could have done it even better.
“John, you wrote over your sale target last month. That’s a great result. Tell me, what do you think lead to this result? What will you do next month to build on that performance?”
Helping people in this way gets them to take ownership of their current reality. It then puts them in control of creating a roadmap for their own personal growth and success.
Food for thought - Coach Milton
Why paving a clear path enhances your potential:
CLARITY- The state of being clear, easily seen
Just for a moment take a deep breathe and think the word clarity, matter of fact repeat the word over and over in your mind , then repeat the word audibly out loud. If you took this exercise seriously, you may have experienced a couple of things; calmness, peace, maybe solutions, even possibly some direction. What I am trying to to get you to do is take a moment and think. “Thinking for a change,” as John Maxwell so brilliantly wrote.
This is where the struggle lies in our lives in our mind a battle rages, the noise or distractions that come against us and in us so regularly through out the day are deafening. Think about the noise from work, the noise from family, the noise from business, the noise from yourself. All of these things lead to a lack of clarity. Allow me to share a few key principles to help with clarity factor-
THE CLARITY FACTOR
b. Who in my life brings me closer to my potential?
c. Where in my current environment can I use my strengths?
d. How can I be truthful daily to myself?
2. TRUTH- a sense of truth, authenticity, integrity in your life brings tremendous clarity. This looks like being a person of your word, doing what you say you will do, work to be yourself and not someone else, evaluate your dreams and make sure its truly what you want and not borrowing them from others. Be true to yourself , so you can be true to others.
A man with integrity , walks securely (clarity)
3. INTEGRITY — the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Integrity paves the way for your potential like no other quality. This integrity is sticking to the values you place on yourself others and the world you live in. When you violate these principle values , you know the integrity has been compromised.
Paving a clear path most certainly enhances your potential. My desire is to maximize your potential and help you to connect to what is the better part of you.
3 Ingredients Your Potential Will Need
A major factor that inhibits so many people from achieving the success that they desire in life and business is thinking that there is no more capacity for growth or improvement. This thinking alone can do more damage than economic downtimes, loss of work, lack of employment and many other circumstances.
Here are Three Ingredients Your Potential Needs:
1. Mind: Change your thinking.
I put this as number one because if your thinking doesn’t change, then nothing else will ever change. If you’re not happy with where you’re at in life right now, the first place that needs a checkup is the quality of your thoughts.
The men and women that never tap into their full potential during their time here on earth usually possess a major thinking deficiency. Not only do they lack the quality of thoughts that it takes to become all that they can be in life, but they also completely neglect the importance of mindset development and how vital it is to treat the mind like a gold mine.
Each of us has genius within, but whether that genius is cultivated comes down to what takes place on a daily basis from the neck up. The first step towards building a bigger future and maximizing your potential is to never limit what’s possible. People’s thinking and mindset get in the way of greatness more than anything else. If you want to change your life, first change your thinking.
2. Wisdom: Chase After Knowledge and Understanding.
Don’t be like most people. Most people stop learning the second they are finished with a formal education. Most people don’t have a personal-growth plan to how and when they are going to grow each month. Most people get stuck in their old ways and will continue to get the same results over and over again until their time is over. This is a recipe for regret.
If you’re serious about maximizing your potential and becoming all that you can be, devote yourself to becoming a lifelong learner.
Read great books in your field or out of your field, listen to audiobooks while in the car (create a university on wheels), enroll in online classes (youtube is a start) and constantly search for ways to expand who you are as a person. Becoming a lifelong learner is one of the best decisions that you can ever make. Thinking you know it all or that there isn’t any room for growth is a major barrier that will forever trap you in the current space that you are operating out of. Learning Is ForEver (L.I.F.E.)
Those who truly believe they have reached their capacity in life and as a person never take the time to invest back in themselves and become lifelong learners. Don’t let that be you.
3. Association: Connect with a Community of Winners.
Great organizations and the leaders within those organizations understand that people matter. A great CEO knows that his or her organization can only become great if the employees of that organization are striving, growing and looking for ways to become great as well.
The same thing applies to your life as well. We as people can only become as great as the people around us. A surefire way to maximize your potential is to associate and be around winners — the men and women who are doing it at a level that you aspire to operate out of.
I encourage you to create a list of the men and women who are on your personal team. Next to each name, write down whether that person is really helping you to grow and get to where you ultimately want to go.
A lot of us, including myself, get so caught up in our hectic schedules without ever analyzing our inner circles. If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one or a few people who no longer serve your greater good. Building a winning team around you is an absolute must if you are going to maximize your potential and become an uncommon achiever.
When we stop looking and searching for ways to grow, that’s when our potential and achievement levels become stagnant. If you want a little extra sweetness for your potential , use this top secret ingredient. Are you ready?
Add in your day some time where there is no friction for your potential-
What do I mean? I am saying that the day presents itself with many opportunities for friction, friction looks like when we are not operating in our talents, abilities or strengths. Your potential is your capacity and each of us were given by God certain talents that when used consistently in action create a flow to our lives.
I pray this encourages you today- Coach Milton
Why People Struggle with Consistency
Even though the concept of staying consistent seems very simple on the surface, most people do struggle with this idea. They find it difficult to stay consistent because there are just too many distractions. People are simply not focused, committed or disciplined enough to stick with something in the short-term for long-term results.
The key reason why most people struggle with staying consistent over the long-term is that they only live for the short-term. In other words, if they don’t get immediate results from their actions, they don’t see the point with continuing with those actions over the long-haul. However, the habit of consistency isn’t about obtaining quick results. It’s rather about making incremental progress and improvements over an extended period of time.
Consider for a moment a skill that you have developed over the years. Maybe you’re a good singer or guitar player. Maybe you’re a great dancer or can speak a foreign language very well. No matter what skill you developed, you developed this skill over many weeks, months and years. And you developed it because you applied yourself consistently toward learning that particular skill.
A Practical Example of Consistency-in-Action
Consider for a moment a child learning how to shoot a basketball. In the beginning, the child is shown the proper technique of how to shoot the ball. However, early on things aren’t easy. They practice and practice the proper motion and movement but results are just hard to come by. The basket just seems too small and too far away. However, the child persists with practicing their shooting technique over many weeks, months and years. And through repetition, they start shooting more baskets.
The results become more consistent over time because of the muscle memory the child has developed through the act of repetition. Furthermore, repetition has helped the child to better understand what works and what doesn’t work while shooting the basketball. In other words, they have learned from their mistakes and errors and made the necessary adjustments along the way.
Years down the track shooting a basketball has become second nature, and it’s all because they committed themselves in the beginning to consistent daily practice through repetition.
This is of course just one example of consistency-in-action. It’s just one example of how doing something consistently over a period of time can reap incredible results. However, what if the child didn’t commit him or herself to daily practice? What if they just practiced once or twice per month? What difference would that have made years down the track? Obviously a tremendous amount of difference.
You Are Already Applying Consistency-in-Action
There are no quick results when it comes to a commitment to consistency. Consistency is rather about making incremental improvements over time. The results you are after will eventually come, however they will only come over an extended period of time when you commit yourself to consistency-in-action.
Now of course if for any reason you feel that this is something that’s difficult to do, then consider for a moment all the poor habits that people develop over time.
For instance, regularly snacking on that candy bar or overeating just a little each day over the course of many years can lead to major health concerns, obesity and mobility issues. But of course, you probably won’t notice what overeating “just a little today” is doing to you because it really doesn’t make much of a difference “today”. It probably won’t even make much of a difference tomorrow or next week, and maybe not even next month. But over the course of several years, overeating a little each day makes a significant difference; for that is when you finally start seeing the results from your consistent daily actions and therein lies the power of consistency.
This is just one example of many where we use consistency-in-action in a very negative and limiting way. I’m sure you can probably think of at least a dozen more examples.
Given this, it’s quite clear that we are certainly capable of applying the consistency habit into our lives. However, from here-on-in, it will all be about applying it in the right way to help you achieve your desired goals and objectives.
Bkessings to you- Coach Milton
I really believe that we all need to be consistent in life because we find joy in our consistent behaviors and habits and efforts. If you Can find consistent actions that bring you constant joy you want to do those things over and over and over. So I just have to believe that everyone wants more out of life, you want to maximize moments when given to you and I want you to find joy and happiness too. So let me help you as I cover five ways that I use to bring consistent habits to my day here you go:
Is Consistency important in relationships?
I have my thoughts but will share this first from Brandon Tarver, in TX.:
"Consistency is crucial. Think how animals are compared to man. They are consistent and have been that way since the beginning of time. Man is so inconsistent it’s ridiculous. Let’s pick a wild animal such as an alligator. Imagine if an alligator acted like an alligator one day, then a duck they next day, then a tiger the day after that and like a dog another day. Would you have any respect for it? No b/c it’s inconsistent and you don’t know what to expect, trust, feel or predict. Now imagine that same animal being consistent with another animal, a human and its own kind, how do you feel about it now? I bet you would respect it. That’s how powerful consistency is and no relationship can survive with inconsistency b/c it will frustrate you. Trust me on that one."
I agree with a lot of this is saying here, consistency is our expectations in relationships. Expectations are good in the right context, but expectations can become a hindrance if you are not willing to be flexible in the long term of the relationships. Every relationship will start at one point and if there is movement and growth in the relationship then there will be change. This change is probably the most consistent in life and its up to us Maximizers to be in those moments when we sense change and to be patient in our own understanding and the other person understanding as well.
Love to hear your thoughts?
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