Has your team gotten stuck on an important project and you’re unsure how to move forward? Try visualizing how you want the project to go and the outcome you want to achieve. According to Michael Hyatt, the chief executive officer and founder of Michael Hyatt & Company, visualization is an effective hack for getting the ball rolling again.

When visualizing the finished product, you could take various approaches. You might sketch out what a product would look like with full-color customization, or you might mock up the marketing collateral for a client’s campaign.

The reason this works, Hyatt says, is because if we don’t know where we’re headed, it’s impossible to know what it takes to arrive. In this issue of PromoPro Daily, we share Hyatt’s thoughts on six of the biggest benefits to visualizing the end result of goals and projects.

1. It makes the goal or idea real. With so many demands on your attention and creativity, it’s easy for ideas to get pushed to the back burner. Before you know it, that brilliant idea gets fuzzy or forgotten. But when you create something visual, it gives shape to your dreams, Hyatt says. It becomes a real thing — not just a thought.

2. It fires you up. Visualizing the end result of a project or goal can also help you connect with your work on an emotional level. Sure, reaching the finish line is a great feeling, but you can also get a jolt of that power supply on the front end, Hyatt says. Just visualize the end product.

3. It lights your creative spark. If you ask Hyatt, there’s nothing like a powerful visual to get your creative juices flowing. He says when we face a problem, our minds try to find a solution, even if we’re not consciously thinking about it. When you create an engaging visual, it spurs your subconscious to work.

4. It demands clarity. If an idea hasn’t gotten off the ground, it may be because the team doesn’t fully understand it yet. By creating a visual, Hyatt says you’re forcing yourself to define what you’re after. This clarity leads to benefits for how you start and how you stay on track.

5. It defines a clear path. When you know what you want to achieve, you can usually begin to see a path to reach the goal. Compelling visuals act as road signs you need to reach your destination, Hyatt says.

6. It encourages positivity. By creating a visual that ignites your passion and your creativity, it’s often easier to stay upbeat about the journey. It becomes not only easier to start, Hyatt says, but easier to keep going.

If you feel like some of your ideas or projects keep getting stalled, try visualization. An envisioned outcome is easier to attain, so take time to think through and picture your desired result.

Compiled by Audrey Sellers

Source: Michael Hyatt is the chief executive officer and founder of Michael Hyatt & Company. He is also the author of several New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling books.