Success begins with a goal. Big or small, goals give us purpose and, like a compass, keep us headed in the right direction. It could be losing weight, asking for a raise, quitting smoking or starting your own business. Of course, it then takes lots of hard work and determination to reach your destination… This is simply a technique for creating a mental image of a future event. When we visualize our desired outcome, we begin to see the possibility of achieving it. Through visualization, we catch a glimpse of what is, in the words of one writer, our preferred future. When this happens, we are motivated and prepared to pursue our goal.