No discussion of change would be complete without your vision for change. Your vision for change is what pulls you forward, is what motivates and inspires you to make the changes needed for that vision to become reality. If your vision is lackluster or ho-hum or just not that compelling, what is there to pull you forward? There isn’t anything to pull you forward! That’s why having a powerful vision is so essential to the process of change! If your goal is “I want to lose some weight,” and your vision doesn’t include how wonderful you will look and feel in your “new” body, then how do you expect yourself to make the changes needed to accomplish this?
Our brain LOVES pictures and is very sensory. The more you can use your senses to determine how this change will look, feel, sound, taste, or even smell, the better because you are solidifying what it IS that you want for your brain to go to work on, in essence to be your ally! You want to have as clear a mental picture as possible about what that change will be like! You want to have a feeling of excitement and energy about this change. Create a picture (in your mind or on paper) that stirs some energy and excitement for you. Doing a collage or a “dream board” or something that helps you see and feel the change you want can create the energy and excitement that you want to have for your goal.
However, what we inadvertently tend to do is focus on how much we don’t like the way it is now, perhaps thinking that we will goad ourselves into doing “better”. As human and as understandable as that is, it backfires on us because our focus is on the wrong picture! Be really conscientious about redirecting your focus when you notice yourself heading down that path. Refocus on what you DO want and where you DO want to be and how you DO want this part of your life to be! That’s where the mental picture or collage you have created become so important. It is very difficult to “just say no” when there is nothing to say, “YES!” to. Because we’re human, we do head down the path of what we don’t want. That’s OK. Don’t berate yourself. Just gently say, “Oh, there I go again heading down that path I don’t want to go down.” Then you can turn yourself toward the vision that you DO have for yourself, your mental picture and/or your collage, and really let yourself soak that in. By doing so, you effectively add power and energy to what you DO want because you are consciously choosing that and reinforcing that for your brain and for yourself.
Give yourself one of the resources you need for change, a vision that pulls you forward with a clear mental picture that you just might want to create a collage for. Why not? What do you have to lose (except some extra pounds or clutter or too much of whatever you may have!)