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June 24, 2018: Imagination

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Friends, what happened to our imaginations? Do you remember when you were a kid and it seemed to flow like it was a sixth sense? Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” That’s a powerful statement coming from one of the most knowledgeable people in the world.

Your most powerful tool for changing your health is your brain. Being able to completely visualize yourself having reached your goal and even some of the things you can do to get there increases the likelihood that you’ll achieve it. It also gives you extra motivation and reduces some of the uncertainty in the whole process. This week, we’re talking about how your imagination can help you reach your goals.

Imagination is key in visualization - a technique that is used by professional athletes, executives, and other high achievers. What’s great is your imagination never really left you. You just need to tap into it.

Flexing your imagination muscle

Here are some ways to get your imagination in shape before unleashing your visualization power:

Be a Kid Again - Take notice the next time you see a bunch of kids playing. What are they talking about? What kinds of make believe world have they created for themselves? Then, give it a try yourself. Try imagining yourself in another world entirely.

Self-Brainstorm - Advice is given suggesting people brainstorm for ideas. But, it is usually in the context of a group or team of people. Learn to brainstorm your own concepts. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Get physical with it and draw things out in a mind map or in a list.

Think Outside the Box - Imagination is all about thinking outside the box. Always try to look at a different angle when considering your life and your projects. Approach a problem like someone you admire would to get a different perspective.

Imagine the future you

Guang Yue, an Exercise Psychologist at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, found that people who imagine themselves performing a task improve their performance in that task without physically doing anything. Pretty cool, huh?

Visualization lets you “see into” different points in your life and rehearse what it will look like. This could be visualizing what it will look like to cook a healthy meal or be 10 pounds lighter. I’ve also used visualization to review how I got to a present state.

Let’s try a quick exercise:

Think about what you and your life will be like in the future after you’ve achieved something you want to. She can be you from a few months in the future or even a few years. Like with past you, you’re going to have a conversation with her. Allow her to invite you into her space; maybe it’s her home or her office. Have a look around. What photos does she have? How is it decorated? How has her life changed? Ask her any questions about how she got to her life. What did she have to do? How did she make these changes? What advice does she give you?

How else could you use your imagination to visualize what you want to achieve?

Next Sunday, we’ll talk about what you can eat to raise and maintain your energy.

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I hope you have a wonderful week,

Kelly

Kelly Morgan, Ph.D.

Tsirona - www.tsirona.com


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