Recently, I have been picking up on conversations about how visualisation can be explained by quantum theory, and have just been introduced to a book that seeks to explain the relationship. The book is certainly a challenge, with its concept that we live in an infinite number of realities. However, there is plenty of evidence that applying this approach really does work, whatever the theory. The book is calledSuccess Engineering by Phil Gosling.
If you have any doubt about things being the result of a personal visualisation, you should take a trip to Dubai. Around twenty five years ago it was a small port and fishing town on a large patch of sand. Now it is a major regional centre. Wherever you look there are either skyscrapers or cranes. The rate of growth has been phenomenal, as is the creativity. Things did not just happen here. They were made to happen – a real example of leadership. It is not just buildings. In spite of the number of large hotels, there is often a shortage of rooms, because so many people want to go there for business, conferences, exhibitions and holidays.
When you know what you want and are ready to do something practical, then you may set yourself a goal. Setting goals, or well formed outcomes, is one of the most valuable things I use when working with people. They help to set the scene for your game plan and allow you to map out your steps whilst considering different angles.
There are seven conditions for setting a well formed outcome:
- Describe what you want in positive terms.For example, if one of your goals is to “lose 10 lbs”, change it to “attain and maintain weight at XXX kilos".
- Is it achievable?
Ask yourself if anyone else has achieved this weight. If the answer is "yes", you meet this criteria.
- What sensory based evidence will you accept as having reached your target?
In other words, what might you see, feel, touch or hear that act as proof? Taking the weight example, this could mean seeing yourself fit into your favourite outfit, looking at your muscle definition in the mirror, imagining how energetic you would feel or hearing yourself being congratulated by friends on your achievement.
- Is getting the outcome within your control?
Getting yourself to the gym to work out is within your control, but getting your partner to do the same isn't. You can encourage them to do so, give them information about the gym, but whether or not they decide to go to the gym is not within your control.
- Can you accept the cost and consequences of achieving your outcome?Here, consider time, money, the environment and people around you who may be affected.
- Do you have all the resources needed?
This includes your internal and external resources such as skills, beliefs, time, money, expertise, etc. If you don’t have the necessary resources, how can you get them?
- If you could have the outcome now, would you take it?
Once you have met the above conditions, by all means use other goal setting techniques such as writing down your goals, creating a more detailed action plan and engaging all your senses to imagine what it would be like to achieve your outcome.