Conversations at the Crossroads.

One Year From Now

If you sat down today to write the story of your life in 2014, how would the story go?

How would you spend your time?

With whom would you spend it?

If you imagined the upcoming year in vivid and precise detail, what would it look like?

What sort of personal or professional development would you figure in?

Where would you aim to be at this time next year?

What values or greater purpose would drive your key decisions?

Take a few minutes to consider your answers to these questions before reading on.

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The end of the year is a thoughtful time for many of us. It’s interesting, though, how we are sometimes more inclined to look back at the past during this time rather than ahead to the future. Reflection (and often regret) seems to be part of our nature. Visualization of what’s to come, on the other hand, may feel like a challenging and less “natural” task. And yet, it is visualization—and by this I mean the formation of a mental image in one’s head of a particular scenario—that many experts* agree can be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.

Visualizing your best 2014 (your best life, your best career, your best relationship, etc.) actually increases the likelihood that what you’ve imagined will come to be.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done visualization before. You can start now. We all can. We can approach January knowing what we want in the year ahead and confidently visualizing our desired outcomes.

In these last weeks of the year, I encourage you to spend more time with the questions above. Imagine your 2014 story, and then visualize some aspect of it every day. See the pieces falling into place. Feel what it’s like to succeed in your plans. Experience the moments in your mind as if they’re really happening.

What’s different when you do this? I would love to hear how visualization influences your results.

With support and encouragement and warm holiday wishes!

Founder, The Crossroads Coach

*Here is a link to one interesting visualization study on the effects of mental training on muscle power.

Published December 12, 2013