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Visualize Your Goals

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When You Visualize Your Goals You are Much More Likely To Reach Them.

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Visualizing your goals carries through on this same concept.

You paint a picture of what you would like accomplished by a certain period. When you have that picture, you can determine what is necessary to implement it.


Once you break down the steps to accomplish your goals, you can use other visualization tools to help you manage those steps.


You may start out with a project management plan (using specialized software), or you may simply choose to keep track of your tasks in a spreadsheet. If it works for you, it is not wrong. Keep using whatever tool is working.


Many people also like to create a vision board. That is usually a corkboard where you place things which help you piece together a problem and help with possible solutions. As you come across other items for your vision board, you can choose where to put them and decide whether you need to remove something already on the board. Again, there are no rules here. If you understand the vision, it’s the right one for you.


Using a mind map is helpful to people when trying to brainstorm ideas. Click To Tweet


You can use dedicated software, or you can just use sheets of paper.



The concept is to start in the middle of the mindmap with a principal idea or task.


Then, when you think of related items, you draw out from the central area a box or text with your new thoughts, etc. You continue this process out from the center linking ideas and thoughts with lines. It helps you to see the whole plan from a bird’s eye view and makes brainstorming easier. This concept doesn’t work for everyone. But, people who use them, swear by them.


You can incorporate all the concepts above or use only a few. You must experiment to see which ones resonate with you. It’s an iterative process. However, the key is not to get caught up in the process itself. Whatever means you use to visualize your goals, you need to make sure you track the progress. Otherwise, you are simply going through the motions, and you won’t accomplish much.


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56 thoughts on “Visualize Your Goals”

  1. I think Visualising goals are somewhat easy but achieving these goals are not that easy. I have always planned about my future on different time frames but I couldn’t completely achieve my targets or goals. Keep writing!!

    1. Sometimes when working on our goals we have to make small pivots to be able to accomplish that which we desire.

  2. Hi Elise,

    Wonderful post. I used to use a mind-map but I’ve gotten away from it for some reason. I try to visualize my goal but sometimes the waters are a little muddy but I do keep at it.

    I think probably SOS drew me away from the mind-mapping, thinking something else would work better and I just never came back to it. I need to make more notes on what I’ve tested and what worked and/or what didn’t work.

    Thanks for the suggestions and reminder.

  3. I love visualizing what I want and have done it for a long time. It’s so powerful and works well. I’m also a big fan of vision boards, I’m looking at mine right now as I’m writing this.

  4. do you know, I don’t think I’ve ever actually stopped to visualise my goals! and I don’t know why not … I’m going to start trying and seeing if it helps me keep focused and motivated.

  5. I am a big believer in visualizing your goals and then following through by making plans. i spend time every day dreaming of what I want to have in my life so that I know what I am working for. It helps me to keep my purpose front and center.

  6. There are plenty of ways to help you visualize your goals and I think you just have to find the one that works best for you. These are great tips for anyone who’s currently struggling.

  7. It’s so important to assess our goals and what we are doing to actually achieve them. This visualization brings me back to my days as a competitive gymnast. We engaged in a lot of visualization before competitions and when learning news skills. I still apply those steps now, but your post is a good reminder to do it more often. Thanks!

  8. YES! Love this! When we can see it through – our body simply becomes the instrument for which it unfolds. This is truly ancient wisdom, new thought and a brilliant tools to make manifest what we envision. Xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence.com

  9. Yes, I agree that visualization really helps to keep the goal in mind. When I have a plan or goal, then I can more easily set up steps to get there. Usually I use pieces of paper or my computer. I do like the mind map idea, too, and I might try to use it more often. Thanks for your tips! I’m your neighbor at #TuneInThursday. Blessings to you!

  10. I am a huge believer in visualizing! I have a vision board in my office. Eight months after putting it up, I won a trip to Italy, and two weeks later I won a trip to New York City.

  11. I believe in the principle that everything is created twice. First we create things in our mind when we visualize them, and then we can create them in our lives. The power of the mind is incredible!

  12. it is something i do with case management. I help clients break down their goals into action steps and help them flush out what something that was general would look like in reality.

  13. Grat post! I have both a vision board and have started to take the time to really visualize what I desire to come either into my life or what is there to grow it larger. Visualization helps 100% and you are right – top athletes use it and it works. Thank you for the picture above – loved it and will start using it in my life.

  14. I have learned about visualization recently and have been using it and pretty much miracles are happening! It’s crazy they don’t the how and why in school.

  15. We are such a visual society that it makes sense to visualize our goals!
    I am a good ole fashion marker paper girl when I am visualizing, however, I like how the examples of Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison did. They had a goal, but went further as to how this will help others. This comes out of the surface and goes deeper into our why

  16. I love the concept of this, the brain is a powerful tool and can really help us if we use it right. I really like the idea of a mind map!

  17. The mindmap is a new concept for me but like the way you can uplift your mood. After reading your post, I am more specific about visualization. Visualization has a great power, you should believe in it if you really want to some great things in your life.

  18. I actually made my first vision board for 2018 and I look at it daily! I need to add to and it helps to keep me on track . I also set monthly goals to stay focused.

  19. I’d completely forgotten about mind-mapping as a goal setting tool. I find using pencil and paper makes brainstorming a lot more free and creative too!

  20. I use to have a vision board and it definitely inspired me to reach my goals. I never thoughts of setting my goals in a mind map before. I’ll definitely try this out! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  21. I enjoyed reading your post. We all do create our circumstances, rather than the other way around. I love getting the subconscious in on the goal setting process. We are able to take charge of our mind so that our thoughts work for us rather than against us.

    1. Rachel, I love that you share your thoughts on taking charge of our minds. We can do so much when we put our minds to it. 🙂

  22. I have had a mind map, although did not know what it was called. Mine is so close to yours except in the middle I have getting a life with depression and one of my roads says try to find any moments of happiness and one says think positive. I agree with almost everything you have said here. I have different roads I need to work on also of course.

    1. Most of us have several roads. I have used only a portion as an example in this post. Thank you for your feedback and I hope that you will find much happiness.

  23. Hi there Dr Cohen,

    Thank you for posting such a helpful and valuable post. One of my favourite goal setting techniques is the use of the mindmap. My brain really seems to respond to that!


  24. I’m a firm believer in setting time aside to visualize my goals coming into fruition so that I can set myself on the right path to both set into action the steps to achieve my goals, as well as prepare myself for getting to the point where they are achieved.

  25. Kristy Bullard

    This is so true! I don’t have a vision board but I do keep a notebook and it helps me stay focused on what I want to achieve.

  26. Kansas Bonanno

    This is a great idea that I really believe in. If you can’t see it you will never reach it because you arnt driven.

  27. Hi Elise,

    Visualization process works for those who visualize not as a job but as a passion or most cherished dream of their lives. Visualizing your goals helps you to find the issues and fix them in real life. You can also find where your efforts are lacking effectiveness.

    1. Visualization can work for all aspects of life. And you are right it can also help us to see where we lack.

  28. Great advice. I just got a planner that leaves room for mind mapping and drawing out short and long term goals. It is one of my resolutions to do that more this year. Thanks for your input.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.