The way the brain works, is that we move toward what we think about. This is called being Teleological, which simply means consciously and subconsciously we move toward what we think about.
For example, a child is riding a bicycle in a five acre field when a parent says “you’re really doing good, but watch out for that rock on your left”, that child will go right toward the 12 inch rock.
So it’s important when you set goals to picture exactly what the goal looks like and what it feels like, because if you can’t see it, don’t worry it’ll never happen. The desire and feeling that leads to expectation is needed to create the synapse in the brain that triggers adrenaline, dopamine and endorphins to flow. That’s “the pump” that you hear about in sports, what they call “the zone”. When you get a whole team or a whole department doing that, you get extraordinary results.
The key is REPETITION. Research says if you visualize sensory rich pictures, using all five senses, it will take, at a minimum, three weeks to three months to achieve. So many people give up on their goals, especially after New Year’s. You may have a wish list, but without a smart plan, they’re just wishes. When you anchor your goals by creating pictures and feelings, then by repeating those pictures you will teleologically move in that direction.