The Power of Visualization

Many celebrities, athletes, historic figures and top business people have used visualization as an effective technique to help them achieve their goals and successes. Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, two of the best athletes of their kind, have attributed at least part of their successes to visualization, as did five-time Mr. Universe, four-time Mr. Olympia and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Entrepreneur, author and Peak Performance Strategist, Tony Robbins as well as serial entrepreneur and brain researcher John Assaraf are both avid advocates of visualising your goals to help make them your reality.

Unfortunately, visualization doesn’t come easy to most of us despite the plethora of techniques available out there. The simple act of writing down your goals can be considered a form of visualization much like verbally affirming to oneself that which you want to happen can be.

Los Angeles based, Dr Michael Gervais, an experienced performance psychologist believes that effective visualization involves the use of all five senses. Creating a vision board is a popular form of visualization that has helped many people determine and eventually attain their retirement goals.

The Vision Board

A Vision board, featured on Oprah, The Secret, and Larry King Live, is an effective visualization tool as it helps you to remain focused on your end goal. So, what exactly is it? Ultimately, a vision board is a collage or montage of images and words that act as a vivid (and hopefully inspiring) reminder of your wants and goals.

A vision board can prove helpful in attaining your retirement goals because it provides a tangible focus on your goal as well as keeps that focus consistent and reinforced if and when you encounter obstacles or barriers along the way. Having a consistent visual reminder of your retirement goals can make it easier for you to push through any challenges.

In addition, a vision board showcases imagery that can help create your reality. According to Dr Pamela Moss, Visioning Expert and Artist, ‘Images are the language of the unconscious: we dream in images, and when we’re awake, images impact us on a gut level.’ Not buying it? Why do you think advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry?

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How to Determine your Retirement Goals

To create an accurate retirement goal, you must begin by determining what you’ll need and want in retirement. Beware – this can be quite an intimidating and difficult process. To help we’ve highlighted a few important points to consider when trying to determine your retirement goals.

    • – Speak with your partner. Couples need to be in agreement to plan and attain a fulfilling retirement. Plus, ensuring you’re on the same page as your partner makes for more effective future spending estimations.
    • -Where are you going to live? Marriage is a tough gig and this holds true during retirement too. That’s why it’s important to determine ahead of time where you and your partner want to spend your retirement years. He may want to be close to many golf courses in the south while she wants to stay close to family in the north. To avoid unnecessary hardships, determine this ahead of time.
    • -Who will be a part of your retirement? Do you have long-term dependents? If so, they should be considered in your retirement vision in order to plan accordingly.
    • -What do you picture yourself doing in retirement? Unfortunately, many retirees are left with an emotional void to fill once the job ends. Forecasting retirement activities not only helps to fill that emotional void but it will also give you a better inclination of how to properly prepare for retirement.
    • -Consider your health. According to the National Health Institute, approximately 70% of people over 65 years old will require some form of long-term care and at least 40% will require nursing home care. Unfortunately, health can dwindle as we age which is why it is important to consider its effect on your retirement.

Making it Happen

You may not be convinced of the effectiveness of a vision board and that’s ok. There certainly isn’t one recipe that suits us all. But one thing is certain – it is of the utmost importance that you begin envisioning your retirement as precisely as possible in order to be properly prepared for it.

If you find yourself feeling confused or overwhelmed, contact your financial advisor for assistance. Not only are they trained to help but a report published on www.advisor.ca found that 91% of pre-retiree Canadians working with an advisor were confident that they will be able to maintain their current lifestyle throughout retirement.

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Source – http://www.breathofoptimism.com/the-importance-of-visualizing-your-goals/

A scientific study was conducted on a handful of athletes that were looking to improve their free throws in basketball. They were divided into three groups:

Group 1: Physically took practice free throw shots during the day
Group 2: Only visualized making free throw shots every day
Group 3: Physically took practice free throw shots during the day and before going to bed, visualized making perfect shots.
The results of the study were amazing:

Group 1 (only took shots): Improved free throw shooting by 7%
Group 2(only visualized making shots): Improved free throw shooting by 10%
Group 3 (took shots and visualized making shots): Improved free throw shooting by 32%