As a former U.S. Navy SEAL, I’ve seen firsthand the incredible power of envisioning a mission’s success before it even begins. It’s a mindset that has been ingrained in me throughout my military career, and it’s a mindset that I’ve carried with me into my next venture as an entrepreneur. The ability to see and believe in a future outcome is a force that can shape not only our actions but also our reality.

In the world of entrepreneurship, as in the world of special operations, success often hinges on meticulous planning, unwavering determination, and the unwavering belief that victory is possible. But it all starts with envisioning what that victory looks like.

Inside our heads, where our dreams and ambitions take shape, is where the magic begins. We must create a vivid mental image of the business we want to build, the impact we want to make, and the lives we want to touch. This mental image serves as our compass, guiding us through the stormy seas of uncertainty and adversity.

In the SEAL teams, we didn’t just embark on missions blindly. We meticulously planned every detail, from the insertion to the extraction, from the primary objective to the contingencies. We envisioned the mission’s success in our minds long before we stepped onto the battlefield. And this mental preparation was critical to our ability to adapt, overcome, and achieve our goals.

Similarly, as an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that success is not a result of random chance or luck. It’s a product of deliberate intention, fueled by the power of envisioning. I’ve envisioned the growth of my business, the challenges I’ll face, and the solutions I’ll create. I’ve envisioned the impact I want to have on my customers and the legacy I want to leave behind.

When we get inside our heads and envision success, we gain clarity and purpose. We become more resilient in the face of setbacks and failures because we know where we’re headed, and we’re determined to get there. We become more creative and resourceful, finding innovative solutions to the inevitable obstacles that arise.

Envisioning our business reality isn’t about wishful thinking; it’s about setting a vision and then doing the hard work to bring it to life. It’s about setting audacious goals and taking relentless action to achieve them. It’s about constantly adapting and learning from our experiences, always moving forward, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

As an entrepreneur, I’ve come to realize that the power of envisioning is not limited to military operations or business endeavors. It’s a universal principle that can be applied to any aspect of life. When we envision a better future, we become the architects of our destiny.

So, whether you’re a former Navy SEAL like me or someone pursuing their own dreams and aspirations, remember the power of envisioning. Set your sights on what you expect and the outcomes you desire, and then work tirelessly to make those visions a reality. In the world of business, as in life, the power of your mind to shape your reality is limitless. Embrace it, believe in it, and let it propel you toward greatness.