Thursday, February 12, 2009

See it, Feel it, Achieve it!

Visualization is a great way tool to help you achieve your fitness goals, including weight loss. Here’s how it works – you develop a clear picture in your mind of how you want your body to look and feel, and you envision this for just a few minutes every day. This sets in motion a congruency that supports you toward achieving your goals, and much more quickly than without this process.

Sound hokie? Yeah, it did to me too the first time I heard it. How in the world could me imagining something I wanted to achieve in my mind translate into the real world?

Mainstream science does not totally understand it yet. But scientists can tell us that the subconscious mind drives much of our behavior. And the subconscious does not know the difference between something that is real and something that is vividly imagined, so whatever picture, image or visualization you consistently think about will drive us to create that exact reality.

So, all you have to do is concentrate on a picture in your mind of how you would like something to be, and it becomes your reality with rehearsal. So, to visualize losing weight, hold a picture in your mind of your ideal body. If you like, you can use an old photograph, or a magazine picture, to help you visualize. The clearer the picture, the more successful you will be.

Then, spend some time each day thinking of yourself as already having embodied this image – this new, improved you. Over time, this will bring you closer to your weight loss goals by working on your subconscious mind to achieve the desired results. Suddenly, desserts will seem less tempting, and exercise will seem more fun, because that's in line with the image you are picturing.

Interestingly, this process seems to work even for people who are very skeptical of it – and who wouldn’t be, at least at the beginning? The fact is, for many people it’s very hard to believe that what we think can affect reality in any way. Thoughts and concrete reality seem very different from one another. Yet, in every study of visualization that has been done, the results are pretty clear – what you visualize has a greater possibility of happening, and the more detailed your visualization is, the greater your chances of success in this and other ventures.

So, instead of putting negative thoughts into our head (like a typical newscast), let’s put positive, supportive images into our brains! Try it out and see how it works for you!

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