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By November 14, 2015August 29th, 2017Musings


I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling particularly prickly about all the hype around visualization, affirmation, “secret” tips and the whole see-it-and-it-will-happen premise that abounds.

Don’t get me wrong.  As a former Olympic level coach, I most certainly understand the critical importance of visualization.  The reality of “seeing it before doing it” is vitally important, and can create the competitive edge, whether you’re talking athletics or business.

And affirmations…yes!  Repeating your intended goal in the present tense, as if it already exists, is mighty powerful stuff.

But what I’m hearing about more and more from people is the frustration and overwhelm they feel from what I call analysis paralysis.  They’re taking courses, reading books, listening to the “experts” and combing the Internet, all with the intention of finding the golden ticket to THE answer that will manifest their dreams.

And when I ask them a simple question:  “What are you doing today that will result in a step toward your goals?”, the answer usually revolves around accumulating information, but then not necessarily putting that information into action.

It’s not enough to simply dream your dreams, or visualize, affirm or think about them.  Those things are all important, but they’re only tools in your toolbox, or pieces of the puzzle.

Think of things like visualization and affirmations like pieces of a puzzle, lying on a table.  Until you pick one up and put it somewhere, the puzzle isn’t going to get made, no matter how long you focus on those pieces.

Pick a piece of your puzzle.  Pick it up.  Do something with it today.

And if you’re so inclined, post a comment or share your experience here.

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