The Power of Identity-Based Goals & MidJourney AI
Imagine setting goals not just based on what you want to achieve but who you want to become. That's the concept behind identity-based goal-setting, a powerful method that ties your objectives to your personal brand, helping you create a holistic vision for success.
Over the last decade, I’ve used variations of this to achieve most of what I’ve wanted. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but through each trial, I’ve understood more and more about how identity plays into goal achievement (and why it’s so much more powerful).
It isn't just about achieving targets, it's about embracing a new identity and making it your own.
Stop thinking about what you want to achieve and start thinking about who you want to become.
— Justin Welsh (@thejustinwelsh)
Jul 17, 2023
When you add visualizations to such goals, you get a potent combination to help you achieve what you truly want in life — whether personal or professional. I’ll share what I discovered while analyzing my own behavior on Meta’s new app, Threads, recently.
Why Identity-Based Goals Trump Traditional Goals
So, why might identity-based goals be more effective than traditional ones? It's all about visualization and a deep, personal connection (that elicits intense emotion and feeling).
By aligning your goals with your identity, you're not just chasing an outcome. You're reshaping your actions, attitudes, and habits to transform into the person you aspire to be. That's a potent motivator.
Visualizing Success with MidJourney AI
Now, how does MidJourney's AI art creation come into play? Visualization is a time-honored technique used by everyone from Olympic athletes to successful entrepreneurs. It involves mental rehearsing of successful scenarios, which has been shown to improve performance.
With MidJourney, you're not just imagining your success — you're seeing it come to life. Using AI technology, you can create visual representations of your identity-based goals, providing a tangible and powerful reminder of the person you're striving to become.
Combining the power of identity-based goal-setting with visualization techniques offered by MidJourney's AI can be a game-changer for your personal brand. So, embrace this approach and embark on a journey of self-discovery and fulfillment.
Embrace Your Roots & Genetics
As you'll often hear me say, ancient cultures have so much wisdom to offer us, even in our modern world. Take, for example, the ancient Egyptians. They believed in Ma'at, a principle that emphasized truth, justice, and balance. They saw personal identity as deeply connected to societal roles and religious beliefs.
We can learn a lot from their approach.
By incorporating insights from ancient cultures (including our own) into our goal-setting, we gain a broader perspective and understanding of ourselves. It's like infusing our modern ambitions with timeless wisdom.
You can start to do this by exploring your own roots, and finding out who (from your past) embodies the qualities you might be looking to adopt. This brings another level of "visualization" to your efforts because it's now coming from a tangible place (your genetics), not something lofty and unattainable.
The Power of AI Art Creation by MidJourney
Now, let's talk tech! MidJourney's AI tools are here to help you visualize your goals like never before.
If you combine this with analysis of your own social media following — to gain insights into your interests, passions, and the types of people you resonate with — it's like having your own personal data-driven coach!
But here's the real kicker: MidJourney's AI art creation can take things to a whole new level. It combines those key characteristics and traits into a visually stunning fictional character.
It's like seeing your ideal self come to life on a digital canvas! Have you tried that before (without needing to be a professional artist)?
Creating Your Visualization: A Step-by-Step Guide
Ready to give it a try? So while I was analyzing my own Threads (the new app by Meta) behavior, I discovered a simple process that could help you visualize who you want to become.
Here's my simple step-by-step guide to get you started on your visualization journey:
Step 1: Analyze your social media following. Take note of the types of people you admire, follow, and engage with. What are the common traits or qualities that resonate with you?
An example of my own analysis on Threads
Step 2: Select and combine those desired traits together. Think of this as the beginning of the person you seek to become, grounded in people you may already know or look up to. Who have the qualities you desire. I grouped the findings from before into three people who embodied those traits, for example:
Tech, philosophy & business = Naval Ravikant
Ancient civilizations, indigenous wisdom & history = Graham Hancock
Martial arts, anime & hip-hop = Afro Samurai
Don’t over analyze. Try to go with the first people that come to mind when you combine the different categories.
Was surprised to come up with these individuals/characters
Step 3: Use MidJourney's AI tool to bring your character to life visually. Watch as the AI generates a stunning representation reflecting your ideal self's essence. Below is just an example of one of the images MidJourney drafted for me:
Step 4: Give your character a name. Names have power. This used to be true for many ancient cultures, including my own Polynesian ones. Celebrities and music artists have done this with “stage names,” but you can use it as well.
Step 5: Use your visualization as a reference point and an inspiration for your goal pursuit. Once the name is given, anchor it to your image. Print it out. Let it serve as a reminder of the qualities you want to cultivate and the path you're committed to walking. Every time you look at it, feel what it does to you. Make sure it’s positive and empowering. If it’s not, keep going until you get a version that does elicit the emotion of your desired future.
Real-Life Success Stories
Don't just take my word for it – let's look at some real-life success stories. I’ve seen both solopreneurs and chief executives transform their journeys using this technique.
Visualization. The key to Dat Nguyen's success.
"All American - The Dat Nguyen Story" premieres on July 4 on 12th Man TV. Available on your Apple TV, Roku and Fire Stick on your smart TV device.
— Texas A&M Athletics (@12thMan)
Jun 30, 2023
Connor McGregor went from being a plumber on welfare to UFC double champ & multi-millionaire.
And all he did was VISUALIZE.
Here’s the most powerful visualization technique explained
**that you can implement right now**
— Ricky 🧊 (@luckyrollrick)
Mar 29, 2023
These are some of the many people who used the power of visualisation to become successful
visualization is a powerful tool that can help you reach your goals faster n with more confidence
— Anas Kazi (@itsAnasKazi)
Jul 5, 2023
From envisioning their leadership styles to visualizing their innovative projects, the above individuals have harnessed the power of visualization to propel themselves forward. Use MidJourney’s AI tools to accelerate your efforts.
So, there you have it! By combining identity-based goal-setting, your roots & genetics, and MidJourney's AI art creation, you can unlock a whole new level of visualization for your goals. Embrace the power of visualization, tap into your true potential, and watch your dreams come alive.
Through patience and persistence, it will come.
Ready to dive in? Visit MidJourney's website to explore their AI tools and start creating your own visualization. Need help with your goal-setting or gaining clarity? Check out my 1-hour, AI-powered Clarity Sessions.
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