Nik Wallenda — A Perfect Example of Goal Visualization

Watching the interviews with Nic Wallenda before the walk across the Grand Canyon provided a perfect example of goal visualization. Many of us, in thinking about what we want to achieve, skip this step.

I was glued to my television last night watching Nik Wallenda attempt his walk across the Grand Canyon. Our kids were watching, so we were hoping it wouldn’t end tragically. We joked before the walk that it was bedtime, but they had been watching the lead-in, and it was clear they were determined to watch it. Fortunately, it ended well. He lowered to a crouch twice, which was nerve-wracking, but he made it. See the full article here.

“Daredevil Nik Wallenda Completes High-Wire Walk Across Grand Canyon”


Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim


We all have lessons that we can learn from his visioning process. First of all, even with all of his family history and his own previous walks, he didn’t just say, “I’m going to walk across the Grand Canyon.”

In the interview before the attempt, the reporter asked Wallenda how he prepared for the walk. In addition to showing video of his training center in Florida, where he walked on a wire during a tropical storm, he talked about how he pictured the walk. He talked about the feel of the wire beneath his feet, the wind, and the view of the canyon walls. He painted amazing pictures with words of the sensation of walking in the sky. Beyond that, he talked about how he would feel a quarter of the way through, halfway through, how he would feel as he started the ascent, and how he would know he was almost there.  He added, “Although I won’t hear their thunderous applause, I know they will be applauding when I get to the other side,” he said. When he spoke of the walk, it was always in positive terms, never if I finish, but when I finish.

Most goal-setting exercises invite you to visualize the end result. Have you gone through this process? Do you know what it will look like when you become successful? Can you define success? With any process, it’s important to visualize what the end result is. I know that my book became more real to me when I had a cover image, even if I hadn’t settled on a title.

Pick a goal and visualize what it will look like when you are successful. I’m visualizing a desk at home that I want to clean off. Now let’s see if I can get that done. I think it may actually have brown wood in there somewhere.


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