You Picked Your Word. Now Pick Your Picture.

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Your Year’s Picture

 

“A picture is a poem without words.” -Horace

 

If you’re like many in my social media feeds, you’ve picked your word for the year or even three words. A well-chosen word acts like a guide.

Why not take it further and try a picture?

We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. It crystalizes everything. A picture can represent an accomplishment and embody a feeling. It can transport you to another time. When I look at a picture, my mind adds sound and makes it come alive.

If a word exercise is powerful, try an image. Make your chosen words its caption.

 

“I believe that visualization is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.” -Harvey Mackay

 

Visualize Your Future

I know someone who swears that goals are more achievable if they are visualized.

Put up a picture on your refrigerator of your dream home. Years ago, when I was a child, I had a vision of my future home and sketched it out on paper. Once, when my parents came to visit us, my mom stepped back and couldn’t believe it. “I’ve seen this house!” she said, “You drew this as a kid!”

Do What You Say You’re Going To Do

It seems like a small oversight to you.

You said, “I’m going to send this to you tomorrow.”  You didn’t.

When I next talk with you, you ask me for a favor.  “It would mean so much to me if you would do this for me.  Look for a package in the mail.  When you get it, would you….?”

Surprise, surprise.  I never get it.  It’s like this with you.  In fact, more often than not, you don’t do what you say you’re going to do.

What you don’t realize is that you have this reputation.  You think it’s a careless oversight.  It’s “no big deal,” right?  You focus on the big stuff, and these little promises don’t mean much.  After all, if you try to do everything, you won’t do anything.  You justify your behavior by deluding yourself into thinking you have your priorities straight.

Doing what you say you’re going to do is an element of all successful people. Failing to do what you say you’ll do:

Erodes credibility.  If you don’t do what you say you’re going to do, your credibility decreases.   After each one of your promises, I subconsciously add a question mark to the end of it.