This week we are going to build on the exercise we started last week. I wonder how many features of your own body you allowed yourself to like and admire? Did you look at yourself through the eyes of someone who loves you?
This week you are going to work further with your internal images of yourself so that you can create a sense of motivation and success.
Close your eyes and create a picture of yourself in your mind. If you have been doing last week’s exercise this image will already be positive. Take a moment now to prepare this image for today’s exercise. Imagine the image of yourself with a white or pastel coloured background. Take away all the context images. One way to picture this is to see yourself as if you have had your picture taken using the current trend in professional photographer studios where there is a blank background.
As you look at that image of yourself firstly make sure it is a current image of the “you” with your current age. See yourself at your best, well groomed, wearing something attractive and looking motivated. As you look at yourself make sure you are noticing that in this picture you have all the personal qualities necessary for you to achieve your goal. In this series we have been talking about seeing yourself a healthy, attractive body size and shape. See yourself with the focus, motivation, confidence, determination, desire, strength, courage, joy, passion and ability to make choices that will make all the difference. Perhaps there is another personal quality that for you is particularly important. Add that in too.
Now make that picture bright, vibrant, positive, colourful, in focus and located just in front of you.
Now imagine floating up above this version of yourself down there in the present moment. From up here looking down you can see a line marking out your past and your future. From up here you can see all the steps that you need to take to achieve your goals and how easily you can do that. How now it is almost automatic. As you look toward to the future notice the point on your future timeline where you have achieved your goal. This might be three months time, six months time or even a year.
Float forward along your timeline until you are floating just above that version of yourself, that version of yourself that has achieved your goal. Notice what it is you had to learn about yourself in order to get here. Perhaps you had to learn how to create appropriate boundaries with others, perhaps you had to speak up for yourself, perhaps you needed to make some important decisions about who you spend time with. Even though you may not know the specifics know that your unconscious mind can store all of that information to ensure that this change in your body is also in your best and highest good.
Now from here in the future look back toward the present and notice a series of images of yourself. You will notice that as each week passes your body will have gradually changed as you moved closer and closer to your goal. Now float down into that version of yourself, the “you” that has achieved the results you have always wanted. Experience what it feels to be this version of yourself. Choose a word to represent how that feels. This is your anchor.
Now float up once more and float back toward your present taking all of those positive feelings and qualities with you. Float back down into your body once more in the present, now. Notice how it feels to know you have what it takes to be successful. Say that word to yourself right now. Feel those feelings throughout your body.
Having completed this exercise take a few moments to write in your journal what you are now going to do to achieve your goals knowing that you can. Repeat the exercise several times a week over the next few months as you move toward your goal.
Next week I will be picking up on a comment made by one of our regular contributors.
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