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Picturing Success

Read each technique to help make your goals become a reality and ask yourself, "Would I use this technique to help me?"

Reminders
Write whatever your goal is on several index cards and tape those cards all around you at home. No matter what you are doing or where you go, you'll be reminded of your goal. Make a collage using your goal as its theme. Display your collage at home and look at it often. Write your goal on a piece of paper and crumple it up. Put the crumpled paper into your pocket and carry it with you. Whenever you touch the paper you will be reminded of your goal.

Visualization
Several times everyday, shut your eyes and imagine your goal as if it has already been reached. Believe as if it has already come true. For example, "I am holding my certificate of completion from the job training program. I feel so proud. I have a permanent smile on my face. Two people have already offered me a job. Wow! Now the phone is ringing and it's another employer calling me. I have so many opportunities. The world is open to me!" Many books have been written about the power of visualization. It works.

Writing
This is similar to visualization in that you look at your goal as if it has already come true. Write out your goal statement 15 times everyday. "I have graduated from the job training program and now I have a great job as a secretary." "I have graduated from the job training program and now I have a great job as a secretary."

Affirmations
Whenever you are tempted to doubt the possibility of your goal coming true, have an affirmation ready. Affirmations are positive statements you tell yourself to combat the negativity that often arises when people are in the process of making changes in their lives. When you get a negative thought such as, "I will never be able to finish this job training program", Tell yourself, "I am completely confident that I will complete the job training program. My life is turned toward success. Everything I do is moving me forward." Use affirmations. They work!

People
Surround yourself with positive people who are doing things with their lives. Success is contagious. Be around people who have good attitudes and are excited about seeing you grow in your life. It's sad but true that often the people who are around us don't want to see us change, and so are not supportive of our goals. They may not want to see you graduate from your job training program. They may try to get you to skip class. You may have to avoid these friends for awhile. Be open, you will be making new friends. Finally, think about how you can help others. You be an inspiration, too. Remember..."Birds of a feather flock together."

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