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When I was a kid I used to play golf.

My friends and I would play at this nine hole course next to our junior high school.

I had some hand-me-down clubs, and it was only $5 to play.

One hole gave me problems.

We had to hit over the water.

Seeing the water always messed me up.

Then another kid gave me some fantastic advice.

Advice that I keep playing in my mind whenever I need it.

And that was to pretend the water was green grass.

To negatively hallucinate the obstacle.

So I could see and focus on the objective beyond it.

Of course, he didn't put it like this.

He just told me to pretend the water was grass.

But in effect, this is a very powerful strategy.

Whenever you have a long term objective, but a shorter term obstacle is in the way.

Even metaphorically, this can mess us up.

The short term obstacle tends to grab our attention.

So we lose sight of the longer term goal.

That phrase, "lose sight" is VERY appropriate.

Even when thinking metaphorically, we still speak in terms of SEEING things.

If you are thinking about a long term objective, but the short term obstacle is messing you up.

Another visual metaphor is that short term obstacle is CLOUDING your vision.

You can't SEE the big picture.

If you can see your objective with TUNNEL VISION, you are purposely excluding the things you don't want to see.

All visual metaphors that are IDEAL for describing ideas.

It turns out that purposely practicing SEEING THINGS in your mind's eye can help.

For example, if it's Monday, and you've got a lot of things to accomplish.

You can LITERALLY close your eyes and SEE each day.

Then you can SEE what you'll be enjoying on the weekend.

This is something you can practice.

And just like anything else, the more you practice, the better you'll get.

So if you practice looking toward the weekend with tunnel vision on EASY objectives, you'll get better and better.

At first, you'll only be "strong enough" to exclude mundane obstacles you'll need to deal with.

But pretty soon, if you STRENGTHEN your tunnel vision, you'll be able to VISUALIZE outcomes that are further and further out in the future.

Seeing further goals out in the future requires two separate skills.

One is having a LONG VIEW.

Two is being able to purposely exclude the things you don't want to see.

Just like pretending water is really grass.

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