I love this vid for two reasons: One, of course, is the badass chick boxer, and, two, her visualization practice.
Nobody seems to bat an eye when athletes talk about their visualization process.
Every evening she stands underneath the lights. “I imagine doing my best. I imagine winning.”
Regardless of whether we are an athlete, we too can use visualization in our dream building.
As I was revisiting my notes yesterday on the book Making Habits, Breaking Habits, I was reminded why visualization gets such a bad rap. Just as we can’t imagine our way thin or daydream our way successful, visualization requires more than just fantasizing.
The intention of visualization is that when you expect success, right down to the core of you, you take solid action toward obtaining that outcome. And the most practical if visualizations encompass obstacles as well.
In Making Habits, Breaking Habits, author Jeremy Dean calls it WOOP: Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan.
Any acronym that takes me back to 90’s hip hop is where it’s at, as far as I’m concerned. Woop woop!
When we visualize climbing Kilimanjaro, for example, we don’t just see ourselves at the top eating a Snickers bar and cracking a cold one. We take in the heat, the altitude, the fatigue, the obnoxious talker in the group. All of it.
We want our mind and body to have already done the thing 100 times, at least, before we get there, so we’re more than ready.
We can do the same in almost any big moment of our lives. So why wouldn’t we?
I leave you with this: Greatness is within. Go there. First.
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!