Before we jump into how visualization can completely transform your career, let’s quickly cover what, exactly, visualization is.
Visualization is seeing, feeling, and completely embodying a future outcome—whether that’s snagging the corner office, completing a marathon, or buying your dream home—before it happens.
前景可视化是在事情发生之前去看，感受并完全呈现未来的结果 – 无论是职位晋升，或者跑完马拉松，再或者买下你心心念念的房子。
By creating your desired future outcome in your mind in as much detail as possible, you can actually transform your visualization into reality.
How Does Visualization Actually Work?
When you visualize yourself hitting a specific goal, your brain interprets that imagery as reality—and, as a result, creates new neural pathways to support that reality.
在想象自己达到了某个目标时，你的大脑就会将该图像理解为现实 – 并创建新的神经通路支持该现实。
In other words, by using visualization, you’re tricking your brain into acting as if your desired outcome—whether that’s nailing a presentation, landing a big promotion, or launching your own business—has already happened.
换句话说，你通过可视化欺骗大脑做出反应，仿佛这就是你想要的结果 – 无论是敲定演示文稿，开展大促销，还是开展自己的业务 – 都已经发生了。
And because your brain thinks your desired outcome has already happened, you’re more likely to take the actions necessary to align with your brain’s perceived reality.
Start With Basic Visualization
If you’re just hopping on board the visualization train, you’re going to want to start with the basics.
Carve out a few quiet minutes each day to sit down, close your eyes, and picture where you want to go, who you want to be, and what you want to do in your career.
You can start small (like picturing yourself rocking an upcoming presentation) or go big (like celebrating your first six-figure year in business).
The key to this exercise is being as specific as possible.
See what’s going to happen clearly in your mind.
Home in on all the small details, from what you’re wearing to the way you’re speaking. And let yourself experience the emotions that go along with the visualization (so, for example, the sense of pride you’d feel when landing a raise or the rush of excitement you’d get when you launch a new product).
The more realistic you can make your visualization, the more effective it’ll be.
Picture the Worst-Case Scenario
There are bound to be obstacles on any career journey.
With visualization, you can anticipate what they’ll be—and come up with a plan so you know exactly how to handle them when they arise.
Let’s say, for example, that you’re gearing up to pitch a new project idea to your team.
Visualize all the things that could go wrong—your presentation crashes, you forget important information in the middle of your pitch, your team says they’re not interested—and, more importantly, how you’ll handle them.
把所有可能出错的事情想象一遍 – 你的演示文稿崩溃，你中途忘记了重要信息，你的团队说他们不感兴趣 – 更重要的是，想象你将如何处理这些事情。
Focus on Specific Skills or Goals
As the previously mentioned study showed, practicing a task in your mind can yield measurable results—even if you never practice that task IRL.
Want to become a better public speaker?
Spend time visualizing yourself speaking to large crowds. Want to increase the number of potential clients you speak to each day?
Picture yourself hitting the phones and connecting with tons of prospects each day.
The point is, the more you practice the skill in visualizations, the better you’ll be at said skill in reality.
Write it Down
Have a hard time visualizing things in your mind? No worries! Writing down your visualizations can be just as effective as picturing them in your head—perhaps even more so.
很难在脑海里把事物可视化？别担心！把你的想象写下来，也能获得在脑海中想象一样的效果 - 或许效果更好。
The Next Steps
What Else Do I Have to Do?
Visualization is like a roadmap for that old saying—if you can dream it, you can achieve it.
前景可视化就像是路线图，就像那句老话说的 – 梦想有多大，舞台就有多大。
Because the right exercises can help you imagine the career you want. And with that vision, plus the corresponding actions, you can start making it a reality.