Updated: Mar 16, 2021
A key element of the SOAR process is our ability to visualize our desired outcomes. Some of us can do this anytime and anyplace. Most of us find that getting into a quiet place and a relaxed state of mind helps us visualize our desired outcomes and the process we will use to achieve those outcomes.
Visualization is the art of being able to imagine scenes in the past, present, or future in our mind’s eye. It has been used to change one’s thoughts and expectations. When you visualize your desired outcomes, you are attempting to peer into the future. If you have ever played a sport you, either on your own, or encouraged by a parent, teacher or coach envisioned yourself succeeding at the task at hand. Perhaps it was hitting the ball squarely or making that difficult catch. Whatever is was, it was designed to have you experience success before engaging in the actual event.
When you use visualization as part of the SOAR process you are picture a successful result once you complete your process. You see the result and practice the various steps you need to take to get to your outcome.
I’ve successfully used visualization to change unwanted habits and create more desirable ones. Your desired outcome may be personal – to stop smoking. There are many “aids” available to stop smoking. But I contend that the only aid needed is to be able to envision how your life would benefit from a smokeless life style. This approach can be applied to just about any personal habit we want to change.
Visualization can also help you pre-live what you want to accomplish in the future. Once visualized, you can apply the process to identify the methods and resources needed to achieve those desired outcomes. Take a few moments and give it a try. With practice it will be a subconscious tool for you to use. Hopefully, you will find a new tool to help you make your goals and dreams come to fruition.