You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature.”  – Les Brown

Years ago, very early in my career, I attended a two-day training session on the power of visualization and goal setting. I believe it changed my life.

I was working for a financial division of General Electric in New York City. GE was very big on continuing education for their employees at every level of the organization.

Most everyone in the training session that day, including me, was in their early twenties and had administrative positions. A few of my co-workers were skeptical about the session. They thought it was hokey and would have no real, tangible benefit for them. They looked at it as two easy days out of the office.

The session started with a series of mental exercises. Then the facilitator asked us to close our eyes and see ourselves in 10-15 years.

We went around the room, listening to each person’s visualization, one by one. Most of the participants weren’t very enthusiastic. They had little to say and just a vague idea of where they saw themselves in the future.

Finally, it was my turn. I announced to the room that I saw myself in a professional office environment, wearing a red “power” suit. I was confident and respected. I seemed busy, but in control. I was knowledgeable and successful. I described a complete scenario, right down to the wood my desk was made of (mahogany).

Now I wasn’t sure what my actual job was in that scenario. (At the time, I was an administrative assistant in the company’s marketing department and was going to college, majoring in pre-law.) Yet, I could see myself as an accomplished, corporate professional.

Until then, I’d never envisioned with such clarity what I wanted to do with my life. However, after seeing in my mind’s eye where I wanted to be, I was inspired to put in the time and education needed to get there.

As with any journey, having a map helps you get to your destination quicker than if you try to go it alone. And that’s what visualization is: a mental blueprint or personal roadmap for success. The image I had of myself and my future made it easier for me to take the actions I had to take.

In two years, I advanced from an administrative to a directorial position. And because I was so eager to achieve my “vision,” I continued to work full-time while going to school full-time to complete my Bachelor’s degree. The fire within me continued to burn, and I went on to graduate school, completing my Master’s degree several years ago.

So for those who say the power of visualization is baloney, I say “It works.” And I’m not the only one.

Bob Cox, the “voice” of ETR’s Total Success Achievement program, is a big believer in the power of visualization. “It helps you reconnect to the ‘why’ behind your goals,” he says. “Why do you want additional income? If the reason is to buy a new car, visualize what your new car looks like and what features it has. If you want to take your family on vacation, visualize in detail where you’re going and what you’re doing. Visualizing in detail will keep your goals real and motivate you to take action.”

Robert Ringer has been an advocate of visualization for many years. He uses active visualization to handle obstacles in the boardroom and on the baseball field. Michael Masterson has used visualization to help reduce the anxiety of facing a challenge. And Brian Tracy recommends using visualization to transform bad habits into good ones.

You can apply the technique of visualization to attract success, money, love, health, power, and more.

What do you want? Where do you want to be in five or 10 or 15 years? Get a mental snapshot of the “big picture,” then let your mind fill in the specifics. You may even find a picture in a magazine – a beautiful house, a sports car, or a person with a super-fit body – that will be your motivation for success.

Once you have a concrete vision in your head, you’ll be much more excited about doing what’s necessary to turn it into reality.

See what the power of visualization can do for you… and put yourself in control of your own destiny. You won’t be disappointed.

[Ed Note: Wendy Montes de Oca is ETR’s Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. People from all over the country have already experienced the power of managing their destinies through motivation, determination, and goal setting.]

WendyWendy Montes de Oca, MBA is President of Precision Marketing and Media, LLC and publisher of the popular marketing and business building newsletter, Precision Marketing. She is an online marketing and direct response expert with nearly 20 years of experience leading the marketing efforts for top publishers such as Agora/Early to Rise, Weiss Research, and NewsMax as well as Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Chase Manhattan Bank, CitiGroup, and Automatic Data Processing.

Her consulting clients (past and present) is like a “Who’s Who” including top copywriters, anti-aging nutritionists, online publishers, supplement companies, travel service providers, political websites and more!

Her background includes multi-channel marketing (print, email, direct mail, radio, TV) with expertise in direct response marketing for the Web. Her marketing initiatives helped bring in millions of dollars in revenues for the companies she has worked for.

Wendy received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova South Eastern University. Throughout her career, she has been recognized with various awards for quality, innovation, teamwork, and new product/new business development.

She is also a distinguished speaker at marketing conferences such as Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) and author of several marketing and business articles for Early to Rise, Makepeace Total Package, and Target Marketing, just to name a few. Her blog, www.musclemarketing.blogspot.com  was named by marketing industry staple, Best of Web, as “top internet marketing blog.” For more information visit www.precisionmarketingmedia.com.