Setting goals is one thing – but how you use the goals to determine the outcomes you desire in life is a totally different thing. High performers build habits around achieving their goals – and visualization is one of the most common behaviours that successful people adopt in making dreams reality. Whether it be from sports stars playing seeing themselves run the race, throw the winning spot or lift the trophy. Actors, actresses and TV stars use it to fuel the laws of attraction in what outcome they most desire. Business founders visualize about how they’ll impact the world and the type of life it will allow them to live.

Here are 6 of the best having clarity in specifying the goal, then committing to manifesting the goal into reality.

1Jim Carey

Jim Carey went from a struggling actor to one of the highest paid performers in what appeared overnight. We all know overnight successes don’t really exist, so did he do? Well, Jim wrote himself a $10m cheque for ‘acting services rendered’ with it being post-dated in 5-years. Almost to the day, he got paid $10m for Dumb and Dumber with his breakthrough performance.


2Oprah Winfrey

With a media empire worth almost $3 billion, Oprah Winfrey knows a thing or two about high performance and making dreams reality.

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”

She puts a lot of her success down to having an aspirational vision of yourself, and living towards it. In becoming the first black female billionaire, she demonstrated her own rags to riches story in envisioning what is possible for her.


3Will Smith

With over 3 decades in public eye as an actor, Will Smith is no stranger to success. Having moved from a TV comedy (Fresh Prince) in becoming a credible Hollywood he certainly had obstacles to overcome.

“In my mind, I’ve always been an A-list Hollywood superstar. Y’all just didn’t know yet.”

His self-belief in his worth and value demonstrates how envisioning the outcome and believing it is key to success. As Oprah said, “you become what you believe”.

4Richard Branson

Known as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in building a diverse business empire, Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin. He confesses one of his greatest strengths is fantasizing about the future. A healthy balance of creative thinking, dreaming, imagination and visualization that he applied in impacting the world across many industries and building his fortune.


5Ellen DeGeneres

On occassions, Ellen shared her vision board with her audience. It included her dreams of being on the cover of Oprah’s magazine. For nearly every issue Oprah had been the cover girl, and then Ellen got her dream. It wasn’t without challenge, but her focus, dedication to the vision and tenacity saw it become reality.


6Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor went from an unknown to the face of one of the most success fight organisations, the UFC, in the world within a few short years. Having been the first fighter to hold two-weight classes simultaneously to the switching codes to boxing in one of the most lucrative fights in recent years netting over $50m personally.

“I keep having vivid dreams of success. Then it’s time to sleep. When you have a vision and you see that vision come true, it really only shows you that anything can happen, you can do it all.”

His unrelenting focus on visualization led him to successfully predict the outcomes of his fights. He bases this on visions of minutiae details and the feelings associated to events, over and over.


Over to you

In taking these examples, what learnings can you apply… these quick questions help you identify areas you can level up in.

  • How often are you visualizing your goals? Could it be more? [the answer is it probably should be more]
  • How clear are you on the outcomes you want? [get as specific as possible in the details]
  • How does it feel when you’re visualizing? [if the feelings aren’t strong enough, dig deeper into your why – why is the goal and outcome important to you]