I've always visualized my goals. I can see them. I have to be able to see them first and then visualize how to attain them and then plan it out and then execute.
20 years after reading the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, I decided to listen to the audiobook because it's a classic and I figured it would be a good refresh.
In that book, Napoleon Hill talks about visualization. He talks about seeing what you're trying to achieve in your mind and then making a definite statement about what you want and how you are going to get it.
I've had this play out time and time again throughout my life. You still have to do the work, but doing the work requires that you visualize what you want and what you need to do to get it.
The other day, I also happened to read an article about Bill Gates 30 years ago... in that article, his ex-girlfriend mentioned that he said that he could see $500M in revenue but the thing that bothered him was that he couldn't see past that.
Here's a quote:
"After they started dating, “Bill and I went for a walk on a beach, and Bill tells me, ‘I can see my way, if I really squint, to $500 million in revenue,” Winblad told the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2013.
“I remember making him take a stick or a rock and drawing the numbers out on the sand for me. How was he going to get there? He then said, ‘What troubles me is I can’t see how I am going to get past $500 million.’
“I thought, ‘You’re troubled about that?’” Winblad recalled.
That amount was at least five times more than what any software company was doing at the time, the outlet noted."
In his book, What they don't teach you at Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack talked about how Jack Nicklaus, widely considered the greatest golfer of all time, would visualize each shot before stepping up to the ball and swinging. He would step back and then visualize and walk through every step from walking up to the ball, his stance, the ball position, his swing, the trajectory, where the ball would fly and ultimately land. Only then would he approach the ball and execute.
If you're trying to get somewhere, it's key to be able to see it first and see the steps to execute and then do it.
Just hustling isn't enough. You have to hustle with a clear vision and intention toward a given outcome.
And you have to see it clearly and solidly.
What are you trying to do? Can you see it? What do you need to do to get it?