2 Visualization Techniques to Help You Achieve Your Goals

In my experience, visualization can be an excellent tool for achieving success. My dear friend and business coach Larry Miller of Momentum Coaching taught me two visualization techniques that not only helped me accomplish my business goals, but encouraged me to practice positive affirmation every day. When you imagine and truly believe in the success you deserve, the possibilities are endless.

I want to share with you the two techniques Larry taught me. You’ll be surprised what they can do. Practice them every day and I firmly believe you’ll accomplish your goals.

Visualization #1: Let JESSII be your friend

Who is JESSII, you ask? JESSII stands for Joyful, Easy, Successful, Sustained, Integrated and Important.

These are the states of being you want to focus on when visualizing your success. Replacing passive phrases like “I want” with active phrase like “I will”—as is in “I WILL have success”—will help you achieve your desired goals.

Below are the five steps to JESSII. Try writing them on index cards and posting them where you can see them, like in your car, your office or on your phone. Practice them for five minutes every day.

Step 1: Envision your preferred outcome, knowing how joyful, easy, successful, sustained, integrated and important it is.

Step 2: Speak the outcome out loud, using the present tense and a positive tone.

Step 3: Play the scene through. See and feel yourself succeeding.

Step 4: Repeat the scene until you’re confident that you are successful.

Step 5: Feel and express appreciation for what this is bringing to your life.

These steps may sound simple, but they’re important habits to develop in your everyday routine towards achieving success.

Visualization #2: Walls are guides, not obstacles

The way we handle uncomfortable emotions such as anxiety, fear, stress and anger can block us from our path to success. Nobody likes to be anxious or upset, but it’s important to view these emotions as guides rather than obstacles.

Here is an analogy that Larry shared that has always stuck with me: When race car drivers are zooming down the racetrack, do you think they focus on the fact that the cement wall beside them could kill them in an instant? No! They choose to view the wall as a guide, something to respect.

Think of your negative emotions like that cement wall. Instead of believing that they will be the end of you, view them as your guide to empowerment. You are the driver behind the wheel of your life.

Here’s another example I love: When you’re driving down the highway and begin to drift over onto the rumble strips (those bumpy strips on the shoulder), you can choose to be irritated at the strips for making a loud noise and jarring you, or you can choose to be appreciative that they kept you alive.

Which viewpoint will you choose on your journey to success?

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Marja Norris is the CEO and founder of MarjaNorris.com, a company dedicated to helping women achieve their career goals with style and confidence. With a distinguished career in finance, she has successfully navigated the male-dominated business world and is passionate about coaching women on how to be taken seriously, be heard, and get what they want at work. Her latest book, The Unspoken Code: A Businesswoman’s No-Nonsense Guide to Making It in the Corporate World, provides women with the tools to awaken their dreams and reach their highest goals. Visit marjanorris.com.


Beryl L
Beryl L7 days ago

thank you

Jan S
Jan S11 days ago


Stephanie s
Stephanie s12 days ago

Thank you

Margie FOURIE22 days ago

Thank you

Janis K
Janis K28 days ago

Thanks for sharing

Rosslyn O
Rosslyn O29 days ago

Shirley E I feel you totally missed the point... the story was relating to treating 'rumble strips' as a 'negative' emotion i.e. instead of being annoyed when driving over them (as often drivers are) treat them as a positive in your life 'a guide' for saving your life. Thank you for this wonderful guide and I do know that visualization works, but sometimes I just get caught up with the things around me and forget to do it. Thanks for the reminder.

Ermes B
Ermes B29 days ago


heather g
heather gabout a month ago

Thanks, I like Jessii.

Shirley E
Shirley Eabout a month ago

I think you need to be in a safe place before you start visualising. Very worrying that the writer might be prone to 'drifting on to rumble strips' and being bumped back into awareness! Keep your mind on what you're doing right now, especially if it's driving!

Philippa P
Philippa Powersabout a month ago