Visualize: What Superbowl MVP Drew Brees Can Teach Us About Goals

Everyone now knows Drew Brees.

Being inches shorter than your average Joe NFL QB, performing for a once moribund franchise, and playing for a city that was almost completely destroyed, Brees is now on top of the world. And he used one tremendous tool to overcome all of those shortcomings to take himself and his team to the top: visualization. I read and listened to numerous interviews leading up to the Superbowl, and I was struck by how many times he attributed the New Orleans Saints’ success to visualization.

While I’ve talked a lot about goals in this blog, I haven’t really talked about or really focused on the need to “visualize” those goals. We are going to focus on this with our girls and their goals. Kids are incredibly good with imagination, so I think this will be easy for them (likely easier than for us adults).

Here’s an easy way to get started. If you haven’t done so already, create a Save jar, find an achievable goal (Start with something that will take 3 – 4 weeks if you’re just starting and a bit longer if it’s your kids’ second or third goal.), paste a picture of that goal that they want on the Save jar and then encourage them to visualize having that goal as much as possible. If you haven’t started an allowance program, I highly recommend the book Allowance Magic.

Visualization is a tool they’ll take with them forever. If Brees is any indication, visualization can help you achieve pretty much anything you or your kids can dream up. Good luck.