If you are looking for an easy way to motivate yourself and to help yourself achieve your long-term goals, then you should practice visualization. Although it may not seem all that helpful at first, there is a lot of solid evidence that visualization can be really helpful when it comes to achieving one’s goals. In this article, you will see a few of the many reasons why you should be practicing visualization today.
What Is Visualization?
|WEIGHT LOSS 101: STAYING MOTIVATED WHILE LOSING WEIGHT
Anyone who has ever had to lose weight knows firsthand just how difficult it can be. But that doesn’t mean it’s not achievable. One of the biggest struggles of weight loss is staying motivated. Sure most of us start out with great enthusiasm and usually have great results the first week or even two but once the weight loss slows down that’s when our willpower has to work overtime to keep us from reverting back to bad habits.
Here are 4 tips to help you stay motivated during your weight loss:
Picture It : Visualization has been used for years by many and it works. Take 5 minutes out of your day to visualize the pounds melting off,
but don’t stop there. Imagine what your life would be like if you were thinner. Would you have more confidence, would you buy new clothes,
start dating again, what would you do? Visualize it and stay motivated.
Journal It: Start a journal at the beginning of your weight loss journey; write how you’re feeling, what your goals are and what a difference
it would make to your life. Then take a picture and stick it to that page. Depending on how much weight you’d like to lose you can update the journal weekly or monthly (as difficult as it may be, you should probably do it weekly). Take the time to take a new picture every week and stick it in a
new page along with a few notes, if you hit a plateau, look back through your journal and see just how far you’ve come.
Reward It: Set small goals throughout your weight loss and rewards to go with it. For example 5 pounds can be a nice body lotion; 20 pounds can be a
fab new outfit. Make the rewards whatever you want but try to stay away from food rewards as this is not constructive to your weight loss.
Instead do have little treats here and there throughout your weight loss phase (don’t deny yourself completely) and see these treats as
an everyday part of life not something to use as a reward, just make sure you eat them in moderation.
Flaunt It: Why not? You’ve worked hard, share your thoughts with friends and family. Let them know how proud of yourself you are and bathe in their compliments. You’re taking steps to change your life and doing something that’s not easy at the best of times, so be proud of yourself and share it.
Losing weight the healthy way isn’t always easy and the more you have to lose the harder it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s not achievable. There are many, many people who have achieved weight loss and are living happier and healthier lives. You just have to stay focused on the goal.
Before we get too far into this article, we should actually be clear on what visualization is. Simply put, visualization refers to the process of creating mental images of your goals. For example, a lot of people want to retire and own some sort of retirement property (for most people, this takes the form of a beachfront property). With visualization, that retirement property wouldn’t be some abstract concept that is found only in your head. Instead, it would be a real thing that you could picture. The idea is that you don’t just think about what you want, you actively build it in your head. It may sound strange to some, but there are lots of experts out there who recommend visualizing your goals.
How Does Visualization
Help You Make Your Goals a Reality?
Visualization may be all well and good, but you are probably curious how visualization can be used to help you achieve your goals. The first and most obvious way is by helping to motivate you. Sometimes, it can be hard to maintain your motivation when your goals seem so far off and abstract. A good example of this would be a very out of shape person trying to get into shape. For that out of shape person, it can be hard to stay motivated since they will look in the mirror and see very little progress (weight loss is a slow process). Visualization can help them to stay motivated by giving them a visual goal to work towards.
Another way that visualization can help is by giving a person clearer direction. To illustrate this, let’s return to the example of someone trying to get into shape. When someone says that they want to get fit, what does that mean? Do they want to get toned, do they want to build muscle, or do they just want to lose a bit of weight? Visualization can help them see what they want and adjust their strategy accordingly