Skillset New Zealand Blog

Ideas to help your team develop personally and professionally.

You'll have heard the advice.

We're supposed to create a vivid mental image of our goals. Picture getting the promotion, being called on stage to receive the award or taking possession of the new house or car. The more vivid the better, they say. 'Imagine how it will feel on the day. Imagine the smiles of your family and friends.'

That's pop psychology. It sounds plausible, but it will do more harm than good. There's a much more effective way to achieve your goals.

Many years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Everest and all-round Kiwi hero, was explaining in a documentary that the key to climbing mountains was to focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

I remember my reaction.

'Ed, that's kind of obvious.'

Now I realise that his advice was profound and we can use it whenever we are striving for a goal.

Here's why.

About Ralph Brown

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Ralph is our founder and managing director. He has a background in psychology, television journalism and business.

Ralph takes workshops and speaks to conferences on the psychology of success - and writing skills. (His CSP is the top speaking accreditation from Professional Speakers Australia.)

He has written six books and more than a hundred articles on writing and psychology. International research journals have published his articles reviewing the research on resilience.

Ralph enjoys his regular trips to France. He lives in rural Canterbury.

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