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Visualize the Process, Not the Goal
Books, seminars, courses, and motivational speakers talk about setting goals for success. When it comes to visualization, it doesn't work. It delays reaching the goal and may even prevent ever reaching the goal.
Visualize the process, not the goal. Want an A on the exam? Visualize the process of studying, not the A. Want a job? Visualize the process, not the job. Want a million dollars? Visualize the process, not the million dollars.
Visualizing the process results in less stress and more enjoyment. The feeling of failure is eliminated because process is not a win-loss situation. Thinking about goals is stressful and not attaining the goal day after day is not good, a bad feeling in the stomach. It's a negative hope of attaining a goal that may never be reached. Thinking about the process is a continuous feeling of accomplishment and engagement not associated with failure or success, it's not a competition with yourself to reach a goal. Working on the process results in positive feelings, engagement and meaning in life, accomplishments, and positive social interactions. Deal with process setbacks the same way. Don't think about the setback itself, move on to thinking about the process of getting back on track. Working on the process produces a comforting sense of well-being.
Gary Epler at Epler Health, Inc.