Your ability to visualize a positive outcome in your life is one of the most overlooked and powerful tools you'll ever learn. Visualizing an outcome before it happens is what makes ordinary people great. Actors, actresses, singers, athletes, and multimillion dollar business professionals use this tool to get them to new and higher levels of success.
You might be asking, ‘how does this apply to me and how do I use it?’. Good question! Let’s start by first defining the word visualization. Visualization is your ability to close your eyes and create a mental image of an event that is upcoming in your life. For example, before a track meet, an athlete might visualize himself on the track running, feeling the pain, pushing through it and winning the race. The more clarity and detail in your visual picture, the better.
With regards to weight loss, you can use visualization as a way to motivate and help push you through mental roadblocks. I challenge you to close your eyes and visualize yourself at your goal weight. What do you look like? How do you feel? What will you be able to do then that you can’t do now? Do you see yourself having more energy? Are you living a more active lifestyle? What foods are you eating at your goal weight? Ask yourself these and other questions you come up with before the visualization exercise.
The power of visualization lies in your ability to control the content of your unconscious mind. In other words, you are controlling the unconscious portion of your brain to think and perform a specific way. It is your unconscious mind that controls emotions and most of your daily activities in life. You’ve probably heard the Henry Ford quote, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right either way”. That’s the power of suggestion controlling your unconscious state of mind.
The thing that holds most of us back from visualizing and day dreaming is our fear of the outcome. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. Danger is very real but fear is a choice. We are all telling ourselves a story. How many times have you stressed and feared over something in life just to find it not happening. Things are almost never as bad as you anticipate, right?
Don’t allow your unconscious memory control your emotions. Visualize and use logic to take the steps necessary to eliminate unnecessary foods and calories from your diet. See yourself as someone different than you are today. Stay focused on that image as you move forward with your lifestyle habit changes. Over time, you’ll begin to see the positive results.
Wishing you all the best in your health and wellness!