We can use this element to motivate us to achieve our goals, remind us of behaviours we wish to stop and even check out if a particular outcome is even what we want.
How does it work?
Imagine that you have a goal you wish to achieve in the future. The idea is to make that imagined outcome as detailed as possible.
See yourself as you will be in the future having achieved the goal.
See what is different in your life as a result.
Listen to what you can hear in the future experience including what you are saying yourself, what you can hear around you and even what you are telling yourself internally.
Fully experience that future as if you have stepped into that version of yourself and you can now feel exactly what if feels like to have achieved that goal.
Bring all of that feeling back with you to motivate you in taking the next smallest step needed to achieve the goal. Repeat this process until you get there.
Sometimes when we do this we realise that the goal is not what we wanted after all and at other times we get confirmation.
We can also use this technique if we want to stop a behaviour. I’ll use the example of eating unhealthily. Before eating the food that in the present moment you may be craving imagine you have already eaten it, take yourself to several hours later.
How does your body feel, what are you saying to yourself? Do you have regrets?
Often this can be enough to allow us to make a healthier choice. We can do this with more complex issues around relationships, jobs, moving house etc.
Next week I will post a reminder on how to use mental rehearsal as a way of planning your future.
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