Visualising your money goals may seem like a weird thing to do. But studies have shown that the mind-body connection is a very powerful tool. Writing out your financial goals each month may feel like a chore, but visualising saving money can help you form great saving habits.
Visualising is really quite simple. You sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and imagine. In as vivid detail as you can – what you would be looking at if the dream you have were already realised.
Visualisation is the human being’s vehicle to the future – good, bad, or indifferent. It’s strictly in our control. – Earl Nightingale
Here are a few of the benefits of visualisation:
- Imagination has no limits. In your imagination, you can see yourself as you wish to be and look, do what you love to do, and own the possessions you want. There are no limits. If you add motivation, ambition and discipline, you will be able to turn almost anything you think about into reality.
- It can help you reduce stress. Visualise yourself in high-pressure situations, but imagine yourself calm and relaxed, handling the situation with poise and without any stress. If you repeat this mental scene a few times every day, you will soon discover that your stress level is dropping down in your everyday life.
- It gives you a wider point of view. Visualisation can help you see any situation from various points of view, try different approaches, and decide of the best action to take. It provides you the ability to see things for a wider point of view, without limitations.
- Visualisation can help you change habits. You need to see yourself in your imagination in situations that trigger the habit, behaviour or reaction you want change, and then visualise yourself acting as you wish to act.
How To Start Visualising
While you don’t need much to envision your goals, here are some more tangible ways you can incorporate visualising into your savings strategies.
Know What You Want
In order to visualise and manifest the kind of life you want, it’s very important to have a clear idea of what you want and why. This can be achieved by understanding what you value and what brings you the most joy in life. Have you ever had that moment when you were doing something and felt joyful doing it? If yes, then that is a good sign of something you might want to have in your life. Repeatedly knowing truly what you want, will trigger you to visualise and stay inspired about saving.
Describe Your Vision In Detail
This is one of the most important steps. When you want to manifest the life you want, you have to create a clear vision of what it should look like. You can write this down in detail or you could create a vision board. This will help you to create a clear and full picture of what your life would look like. It will uncover the true motivations behind your decision to put your money into savings in the first place. You may think that you have a good idea about what and why you are saving. But you might be surprised at how much you haven’t thought about.
Start Visualising And Create The Emotions
Once you are ready, you can take a moment to start envisioning the actual outcome. Start to imagine the sights, the sounds, the smells and even the taste of achieving what you want. as you go along, don’t forget to feel the emotions you would feel, as if this “life” was your reality now. We know you’re busy, but try to add a minute or two to your day where you stop everything you’re doing and think about what it looks like to save.
Take Daily Actions
There’s a saying that “Rome was not built in a day“. Similarly, the life you want to create won’t happen in one day but will eventuate in a series of days and actions of working towards your goal. Focus on these present and set yourself daily or weekly actions to get to where you want. Create a way to track the progress you are making towards your money goals. For example, you can make a weekly reminder in your phone to deposit an amount to you savings and only “fulfil” it once you have transferred the money.
Have Grit And Persevere
When creating the life you want there, you will be faced with challenges. In fact one important tip when you are doing your visualisations is to imagine yourself facing these challenges and most importantly overcoming them. To help overcome some of these challenges, include some aspects of your visualisation by talking to your close ones. For example talking to them how your are planning to save and why you’re saving for this goal. Talking about your goals with the people around you is a great way to be held accountable and stay inspired! Check out the budget planner below to help you reach your financial goals!
Visualisation is an easy-to-implement strategy that helps you bring your goals to life and strengthen your everyday savings habits. Saving money helps you reach your dreams – and no dream is too big! Start envisioning your financial goals today and how you will get there.