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Reach Your Goals by Make a Mental Movie

Warren Bennis, one of the most respected authorities on leadership in the world, said: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” On the surface, this sounds perfunctory. But when we examine this more deeply, several important implications arise. If leadership is the ability to translate vision into reality, what is the method to do this? One way, according to the latest research, is to use our brains to optimize our chances of success.

There is now incontrovertible evidence that imagining a movement will stimulate the movement areas in the brain. This technique has been used when helping people with stroke to begin moving and to help elite athletes optimize their pre-competition training. The recent example of the detailed visualization of Mikaela Shiffrin leading to a gold medal in the Olympic slalom is one such case in point. This evidence suggests that to reach your goals first write them down, and then determine different possible ways of achieving them. Then, close your eyes and imagine yourself following those paths. Imagination “warms up” the action brain and “jump starts” your brain. This technique can be especially helpful if you are procrastinating or stuck.

via To Reach Your Goals, Make a Mental Movie – Srini Pillay – Harvard Business Review.


What Do You Want To Do

You may be thinking this sounds easier said than done but if you think about it practically we have been doing this most of our lives…. as children on Christmas evening we sit and imagine opening our presents, we see ourselves tearing apart the wrapping and going for a ride for the first time, we did it when we wanted that new car, the holiday , the wedding or the new house….if we can do it for those times we can do it in an effort to help ourselves become more successful.