I am really excited for this week. It is a topic I have been learning about for years. It is one of those rare, amazing actions that you can look at and honestly say, “this makes my life drastically better”.
This is something that was not naturally a strong suit for me but as I have learned more about it’s importance, I have made it a joyful strength! When I was young, my parents tried to teach me about setting tangible, specific goals but I didn’t really grasp the concept immediately. I was more prone to “just give a good effort and see what happens”. However I kept learning from the people and circumstances around me as well as my mother with her endless patience. I learned that if I didn’t know where I wanted to go, even if I did my best, I still might not get the result that I wanted.
Now, one of my strengths as an athlete, trainer, actor and human being in general is being able to access a tangible, clear vision of what I want and where I want to go. If you’re like I used to be, this may sound unnecessary. But it is amazing how this just makes everything better (and dare I say, easier?!). You can work harder when you know your motivation. You can ignore opposition when you know your endpoint. And when fatigue and doubt might otherwise creep in, you can stay the course. Woohoo!
So I have an exercise to help solidify your vision. I want you to write your ideal vision (ie a vision statement)n of your health/fitness/athleticism…and then re-write it four additional times (for a total of five). Each time you finish writing it, speak it out loud, ideally while facing a mirror. You can do the five reps all right in a row or spread them out a few days. The key is to passionately write and speak your vision five times. Studies show that it takes about five times for your brain to start to remember something (via seeing, hearing, writing or speaking, etc).
Additionally, the very act of writing it makes you more effective. Studies show that simply writing your vision statement (or any goal) makes it more likely to come to pass…even if you never look at it again! That likelihood increases if you rewrite it often and speak it out loud like we are doing.
It doesn’t have to be a novel…just a couple sentences about the super-hero version of yourself. Also, it will probably change and grow as you re-write it. You tend to get more ideas as you re-write and it becomes easier to be specific. You will also find that you start to believe it more each time you speak it!
It is important to note that goal setting is great. But what we are doing takes it a step further to visualization or “imagineering”. Imagineering refers to visualizing while stimulating as many of your senses as possible. I.E. Writing it (and also seeing the words as you write obviously), speaking it (and hearing it), seeing yourself living out the words you are speaking, feeling what it would feel like, etc. The more real you can make it and the more parts of your brain you can stimulate, the better.
Have an absolute blast writing your vision statement and feel free to share them with me. I would love to hear!