Visualizing yourself in the future can help you to achieve your goals. It’s been scientifically proven that simply visualizing yourself achieving your goal stimulates the same region in your brain as you actually achieving it in real life. This is because your brain doesn’t know how to tell the difference between real and imagination. That’s pretty powerful stuff! That also means that you have the power to create your future by showing your brain images of what you want to bring into your life. Start by painting a clear picture in your mind of the future you want to live. Here are five questions to help you envision your ideal future.
Begin by getting really clear on what it is that you want to achieve. You may have heard of a smart goal. A smart goal is one that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound with a set deadline. A smart goal could be that you want to lose 5 pounds by the end of the month. This goal is specific, there is an element of measure, it’s something you could achieve, relevant to you, and it has a time frame to compete it by. Set your own smart goal for what you want to achieve in the future. Envision achieving this goal in the future so that you brain knows it’s something you want.
Next, figure out what tasks you need to complete in order to achieve your goal. Perhaps that’s working out every morning or meal planning. Maybe that’s creating good healthy habits or a solid morning routine. It might even be utilizing your planner so that you stay focused on the task you need to complete. Write down what it is that you need to be doing so that you’ll achieve your goal. These daily activities will keep you motivated by the constant progress you’re making towards achieving your goal. Envision yourself completing these tasks so that you tell your brain this is what you need to be doing.
Then, envision your ideal day and what that would look like. Maybe that’s enjoying a slow cup of coffee, going for a daily walk, enjoying a home cooked meal, and spending time with your significant other. Walk yourself through your ideal day and visualize going through the morning, afternoon, and evening hours. Take the time to clearly envision what makes you happy and keeps you motivated in your daily life.
Now, decide who you will be surrounded by. Choose to surround yourself with people that lift you up and encourage you to go after your goals in life. Limit time with those that suck the energy from you and leave you feeling drained. Find online mentors who inspire you to take action on creating the ideal future you want to live. Tune into podcasts, watch videos, listen to audios, and read books from people who motivate you to turn your dreams into reality. Envision being surrounded by these people who encourage you to live your ideal future.
Lastly, focus on how you will feel once you’ve created your ideal future. Perhaps that’s relaxed, at peace, happy, abundant, successful, beautiful, proud, or inspired. Envision how you want to feel in the future, once you’ve achieved your goals and created your dream life. These feelings will help intensify your vision and bring it more to life.
Use these five questions to help you envision your ideal future. You can begin with simply a minute and work up to longer periods of time for your visualizations. Either way, the key is to envision yourself in the future, living the dream life you desire. Start by making sure you’re crystal clear on what it is that you want to achieve. Next, envision seeing yourself completing the tasks necessary to achieve your goal. Then, walk yourself through your ideal day. Decide who you will surround yourself with in order to stay inspired and motivated to achieve your goals. Lastly, envision how you’ll feel when you’ve achieved your goals and created your ideal future. Paint a picture in your mind of where you want to be. This will help you stay focused and clear on bringing the goals you desire to achieve into reality while creating your ideal future.