The Power of Visualization

Any success in life begins with a goal. For me, when I first embarked on my weight loss journey, I had a goal: I just wanted to get through the day without breaking my diet.

That was the best I could do.

Start small, finish big.

After so many years of failure, a day without eating an entire box of cookies before lunch was a personal triumph. So that’s what I focused on and it worked. As one cookie-free day turned into another and the weight slowly came off, I started to dream a little bigger.

I pictured myself speaking in front of crowds, having career success and – gasp! – dating.  And eventually, much to my surprise, all those things happened.

I didn’t know it at the time but I’d tapped into the power of visualization.

Visualization

Right-click to download and use this image as your screen’s wallpaper to remind yourself to dream big.

The “Preferred Future”

According to the renounced scholarly resource dictionary.com, visualization is “to form a mental picture” and “to make perceptible to the mind or imagination.”

I like to think of it as drawing a blueprint.  No architect can build a house without a blueprint. (I mean you can but the end result would be a mess.) Visualization is like that. When we picture ourselves achieving a goal we’re creating a blueprint for a future desired outcome, the “preferred future” as it were.

Kobe does it.

Visualization is best used as part of a regular meditation practice. Athletes have been using it for years as visualization has been proven to increase athletic performance. Kobe Bryant, Misty May-Trainor, Kerri Walsh, Joe Namath and Derek Jeter are known meditators.

Meditation/visualization is also an effective way to reduce the fear and anxiety that may hinder performance. Of course visualization doesn’t replace hard work and practice. But it’s a powerful way to start making positive changes in behavior and create a desired life when practiced regularly.

So now what do I do?

Ready to get started? Click here to see an illustrated guide to visualization from that great sage, WikiHow.

I know visualization worked for me and I’m interested in hearing about your experience. Leave a reply in the Comments section or send an email to Shannon@positiveportions.com.

Source: huffingtonpost.com/healthy-living

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