Using Creative Visualization in your Everyday Life: Learn how to use positive affirmations to benefit your weight-loss efforts!
Creative visualization is a technique which uses the imagination to create what you want in your life. We use this ability everyday, but unfortunately, we are often unaware of what we are creating. Using creative visualization, you can learn to use your mind creatively to intentionally create what you want in your life.
The principles of creative visualization begin with that we and everything in our world is made up of energy. Thought is a form of energy and thought is creative, meaning that thought creates. Look around you. Just about everything you see was a thought before it came into existance. An artist will have an idea of what he wants to create before he begins. A child may dream of being a dancer long before she ever takes a lesson. Studies have shown that people who have a clear idea of what they want are many more times more likely to achieve it.
Daily affirmations are one way to begin creating your future. To affirm something means to state something as the truth. There is always some kind of thought or idea running through our minds. This ‘self-talk’ can be either positive or negative, and is very often unconscious. Affirmations are a way to consciously utilize our self-talk to purposely create good in our lives. An affirmation should be stated in the present, as if it already exists and it should be repeated as often as possible, many times a day is best. Words like “I am” and “I have” are very effective. For example, a positive affirmation for good health may go something like: I am healthy and well and every day I feel better and better.
To effectively use visualization, it is important to first establish a goal and write it down. In the beginning, it is best to choose a short term goal that is easy for you to believe in. For example, if your goal is to lose 50 pounds, you might want to start with a goal of losing 10 pounds. Write your goal in the form of an affirmation as if it has already happened and add as much detail as possible. You might write something like: Now that I have lost 10 pounds, my clothes are fitting more loosely. Losing weight is easy for me and I feel great! As you find success with smaller goals, you will find it easier to attain your bigger goals.
There are three things that we must have or develop for visualization to be successful: Desire. We must really want what we are attempting to create. Belief. In order to create what you want, you must first believe that it can be done. Acceptance. You must be willing to accept first that it can happen, and fully accept what you are creating. It is a good idea to ask yourself if you are willing to accept this goal completely.
When you are first starting to use visualization, affirmation, and positive self-talk, it helps to work with others that are like-minded. Meditation classes are a great way to learn visualization. There are many books written on this subject. Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain is a wonderful book about visualization. From Sabotage to Success, by Sheri Olson Zampelli is an excellent self-help book about how positive self talk can make you successful in all areas of your life. Remember that daily practice is the key to success. It may take a little time, but persistance will pay off. Don’t give up!