“Visualization. It May Be the Most Important Part of Your Mental Package.”  ~Ray Floyd

With the new year, the struggle begins with how to become what you wish to be.

You begin with all the energy and excitement to make a difference.

Frustration looms when you haven’t been able to make it work.

Anguish prevails.

Want to change forever? Here’s how:

The Power of Seeing the Wind

“You only have control over three things in your life—the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take (your behavior).”  ~ Jack Canfield

The brain responds to pictures. It is bored with a 1000 – word dialogue. Kenneth Turnbull says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

When stroke victims imagine moving their arm, more blood flowed to the affected area that promoted healing and prevented tissue death.

Visualize something you really want. It stimulates the brain. Want to exercise more? Imagine seeing yourself repeatedly doing the work.

Studies have shown that athletes imagine performing their sport by visualizing every action in detail over and over.

A study at Stanford revealed that visualizing while being hypnotized resulted in gymnasts being able to execute complex artistic tricks.

To actually make your visuals obtainable, use all of your senses. See the color, hear the sounds, smells, touch and taste.

Obstacles slow things down. Look at what might get in your way.   See yourself moving obstacles out of the way.

A Harvard study was done with two groups. One group learned to play the piano for two hours a day. The second group imagined they were playing the piano for two hours a day. Results proved that both groups were successful in learning to play the keyboard! Imagination is powerful.

Believe. Believe. Believe

I was exhilarated by the new realization that I could change the character of my life by changing my beliefs. ~Bruce Lipton

Belief is a mental construct of how we see the world that is imbedded in the brain.

Did you know that belief changes the neurons in your brain? Miraculously, the emotion that swells through the body when you really feel the truth and value of something, begins to rewire the brain.

Your body mirrors what you believe. Believe you are tough or believe you are depressed. You will act in that way.

Believing that you can make a difference is crucial to success. Erase doubt by manufacturing the feeling that change can happen. Act as though it is already happening.

Believing with emotion brings meaning and power to the new neural pathways you are creating. The more that emotion is intensified the more solid the new behavior. The new pathways strengthen and the old pathways begin to disappear.

Keep repeating your belief. Once beliefs are formed, new behavior appears.

Believe that the work in rewiring your brain is working to your advantage.

While beliefs first develop when you were a child, new beliefs continue to form.

Beliefs can be changed.

Behind a belief is a motivation that confirms you and your world view.

Once we form beliefs and make commitments to them, we maintain, reinforce, and defend them.

Make it Work

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are ready to make changes that work for you now.

You no longer wish to waddle in the agony of staying the same.

You are ready to prove that you can make a difference.

Now you have the basis of the change that literally rewires your brain. Put it to use to make it work. Here’s how to begin:

Spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day in a relaxed position
Breathe deeply to relax all the cells in your body
See the change you want to happen
See you in the picture, in color with all the detail
Feel the power of belief as it moves through your body
Believe you are making a difference
Defend your new belief whenever you can
Repetition is key!

By doing this exercise often, anxiety and stress is lowered and emotional health increases.

Begin your new year with better health and positive changes!

Carole Stokes-Brewer