Visualizing Goals

I was recently listening to a speech by award winning author Jack Canfield. Canfield is a New York Times best seller who created the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He had many great things to say, but one thing in particular stood out.

When he was just starting out as an author, Canfield said that he and his co-author Mark Victor Hansen used to take a copy of the New York Times best seller list and white out the name of the book that held the top ranking. They would then type out Chicken Soup for the Soul in a font that matched the New York Times list and print it out. Next they would paste the printed font on the top of the best seller list, creating a new list with their book as the #1 best seller.

Canfield used this as just one way to describe how they would spend a few minutes every day visualizing their goals.

I’ve read that great athletes can visualize and play the game in their mind before stepping onto the field.

Canfield and Hansen took this approach to a whole new level. They visualized their goals by actually creating something tangible.

What a great strategy! It should come as no surprise that their book eventually did top the New York Times best seller list.

Many of us dream of becoming a great author, actress or businessman. How many of us actually take the time to make evidence of this goal?

I recommend we all follow Canfield and Hansen’s example and spend time every day visualizing our goals.