Seeing the end from the beginning is a great way to motivate and inspire you to achieve massive success. If I were to sit right beside you and show you the movie of your life play by play, it would amaze you. You will find that there are people cheering you on, those who are ready to support your dream and goals, and all that you can leverage to your advantage. In the movie, you are the lead character, revealed plot by plot, tackling the various challenges, winning the various battles, celebrating the various gains with friends, family, and associates. Have you ever played in your mind the movie of your life as you want to see it? You are the conductor of your own orchestra, the quality of the music, the flow, the arrangement of the pieces are as you define it. What are you seeing 5 years, 10 years and 15 years from now? Are you waiting for some kind of fate or you are instrumental in the creation of the life you want? Visualizing where you want to be or how you want to feel after you achieve massive success is very important. It strengthens your resolve when the challenges and detours come, it inspires you to stay the course no matter the challenges life throws at you. Seeing the finish line in detail sets and energizes you to do more or take massive action.
What I think a lot of great marathon runners do is envision crossing that finish line. Visualization is critical.” – Bill Rancic
I have to continuously remind myself of how my life will be when I achieve all the goals I have set for myself. I went a step further to visualize how the lives of those my life impacts will change and that of their relations and the whole works. In my office I have visuals of most of the things I want in color. Looking at those pictures causes me to be intentional about all that I do. To me, every hour and day counts and I just don’t want to waste any time doing non-essential things. I am a man on a mission to impact millions around the world before my time is done. As a practice, I frequently ask myself the question, ‘Is what I am doing enabling the goals and results I want?” If the answer is no, I don’t want to do it, period! I have room for some fun time as well, so it’s not all about business and serious stuff. I have built into my routine some form of relaxation and recreation time. I love to have fun and I make the time for it.
Seeing the finish line is about seeing the end from the beginning. When you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve, and you can hold that picture in your mind, you are driven to achieve it. However, if you don’t know what you want and how it looks, you will fumble in the dark and keep spinning for a long time. There is a science behind visualizing what you want so that you can move toward it with concrete action, energy, strength and renewed determination. Visualization to improve performance and achievement of goals is used by successful people from all walks of life.
Years ago I met a gentleman who was just starting a church and he shared with me the type of building he wanted to put up for his church, in detail. He shared how people would be pouring in from all over the city, the number of doors he envisaged on the church building to take care of the numbers coming in, where the church offices would be located, the type of people he wanted at the door to usher in the visitors, the internal décor of the church, the details of the church compound, and other details. When this friend was telling me all these stuff, he did not have a piece of property to build this church, he did not own a church building, and he had very few people who met at a school building. As I write this chapter, this friend now has a large church building with the details he had described and more. He first saw it and then built it. Here is a statement you should remember for the rest of your life – “If you can see it in your head, you can hold it in your hand.” In the same way, you first need to see the finish line of the life you want and then begin the process of building and achieving it. There is a former NBA great, Jerry West who is known for hitting shots at the buzzer and acquired the nickname “Mr. Clutch”. When asked what accounted for his ability to make the big shots, West explained that he had rehearsed making those same shots countless times in his mind. Other sports legends like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tiger Woods and pitcher Roy Halladay also used the process of seeing what they wanted before they did it. See your finish line in great detail.
Why does seeing the finish line or the end from the beginning work? According to research using brain imagery, visualizing what you want works because neurons in our brains, the cells that transmit information, interprets imagery as equivalent to a real-life action. When we see and visualize in our minds what we want with emotion, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to execute what we want to do. This creates a new neural pathway, or clusters of cells, in our brain that work together to create memories or learned behaviors to prime our body to take action consistent with what we imagined.