People tend to think of themselves as somewhat messy and disorganized, so much so they don’t think they’ve any worth to chase any big, lofty goals, and the only thing important to do is to survive.
But here, we’ll tell you how to take small steps to achieve big goals, using a happiness exercise called Goal Visualization.
Now, what exactly is goal visualization? According to author Christine Day of the book “I Can Make This Promise”, Goal Visualization is when you pick a manageable goal, no matter how easy or simple, and write down how you’re going to accomplish it. Then you spend 10 minutes working on it! If possible, that is. Of course, you can break down that goal into smaller bits so it feels easier and achievable!
Now, these kinds of goals, like I said, don’t necessarily have to be huge or grandiose in scope. Just take an easy goal. For example, Christine herself sets a goal to “restore order to my writing desk, for it is my sacred space.” As you can see, it’s a very simple, easy to grasp goal. In this exercise of visualizing your goal, you don’t want to go all too lofty in your goal visualization, because otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed before you even start.
Continuing this example of Christine trying to clean her writing desk, the mindset you have when it comes to finishing your simple goal is also very important. Christine thinks as a tidy, organized person, tidying a table is very necessary for the wellbeing of her work environment (from home), and to not get distracted. And that’s the important thing to keep in mind, have your goal affect you immediately if possible, even if it is indeed small in scope. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment when the goal doesn’t feel…tangibly within you.
Another thing to think about is that these goals, while simple and have an immediate effect for you, still needs to ultimately affect your long run goals. Using the example Christine gives up above, tidying her desk means her work environment is a whole lot better, which leads to her writing better and more nicely, which leads to her finishing her writing early, which leads to more time spent for more important stuff or taking a break…you see the domino effect in that, right?
In conclusion, visualizing your goal is something that’s very important and will help you out in the long run, where your future self will definitely thank you for it.
The short of all this is that remember these 3 things when it comes to visualizing your goals:
1. Have your goals be simple and small in scope
2. Be in a clear and good headspace in trying to finish these goals.
3. Make sure these goals work great for you in the future.
And remember, at the end of the day, visualize your goals when you’re in the right mindset for setting it and finishing it up. Your mental and physical health matters more than they are work and goals and what have you!
Written by: Callasyah Erwinanda (Copywriter of Apiary Coworking Space)