If you’re in any doubt, take a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, arguably the greatest bodybuilder ever. His secret to success was visualizing himself the way he wanted to be. If it can work for him, it can work for you too.
The simple fact is that to achieve success, you need to visualize your future having achieved that success. By doing this, you’ll be halfway to reaching your goal. This may sound far-fetched, but studies have shown that if you visualize your future, you will help it to happen.
The reason is surprisingly simple; visualizing a future you haven’t yet achieved will send a message of discord to your brain. To keep you healthy and balanced, your subconscious will find a way to make what you are visualizing happen. In short, it will rebalance your harmony!
The Power Of Positive Thinking
Have you ever noticed that if you think something bad will happen, it invariably does? This is very much a situation of is the glass half full or half empty.
If you see the glass as half empty, then you are always looking for the worst outcome and are not really surprised when it happens.
On the other hand, if you see the glass as half full. you’re always looking to achieve more. That will help you to get where you want to go. It’s one way to visualize your future and improve it.
There have been many books and studies on the power of positive thinking, and the consensus is that you’ll get what you expect to get. If you’re miserable, then only miserable people will want to spend time with you.
Therefore, the key is to visualize your future with success and happiness; the two go hand in hand.
How You Can Visualize Your Future and Achieve More
You can definitely choose to be positive, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Fortunately, there are ways to make this happen:
Create a Positive Mantra
The first step is to select a mantra for yourself. It could be as simple as “I’ve got this” or as complex as you want. You need to repeat this mantra to yourself every morning and evening, and whenever you feel challenged.
As long as you believe your mantra, you’ll be surprised at how much difference it can make.
When you visualize your future, you need to be specific. The details are what will make it seem real. The more real something seems, the easier you’ll find it to both believe it will happen and gain the motivation to work towards achieving it.
That means don’t just imagine yourself bench pressing 200 pounds; picture the look of your muscles as you do so and how your body will feel.
Be in Love
Being in love is a fantastic feeling; it releases endorphins and makes everything seem more achievable.
While being in love with your partner is great, to help visualize your future, you also need to be in love with what you are doing and what you hope to achieve.
The more passion you have for something, the easier it is to stay committed.
If you really want something but don’t feel passionate, you need to ask why you want it. That will show you your real passion.
There’s no getting away from the fact we live in a hectic and stressful world. To help you visualize your future and avoid being sidetracked by less important goals, you need to take time out.
Meditation is a great way of focusing your thoughts and clearing your mind, allowing you to move forward in the right direction.
In order to achieve more, you also need to be grateful for what you have achieved. Being grateful is not the same as being complacent.
All you need to do is take a few moments to consider what you have achieved and how good that feels. The gratitude will help to ensure your goals are realistic, and it will renew your conviction to achieve them.
Goals are essential in every part of life. When you visualize your future, it’s a good idea to break a big dream into smaller goals.
As you work towards and achieve these goals, you’ll know that you’re getting closer to your overall vision of the future. That will help you to keep going.
Everyone has a comfort zone. But to achieve more and become the best that you can be, you need to challenge yourself every day.
For instance, if you wish to lift 200 pounds but can currently only do 100 pounds, you’re going to need to push your body. Create a schedule of when you’ll increase your weights, and you’ll reach your goal quicker than you think.
The same is true if you’re trying to build a business. You can’t be top of the Google search page overnight. But you can visualize yourself there and work out how much content and social media attention you’ll need to get you there.
If you do one thing every day that you’re not comfortable with, you’ll achieve your goals faster.
Create Good Karma
Karma is different from positive thinking. It is the idea that you reap what you sow.
Being positive and taking the time to visualize your future does not include inflicting good or bad on someone else.
However, if you’re nice to others and help them when they're in need, they will be more likely to help you when you need it too. Being honest, generous, and generally good to others will invariably help you achieve your goals and stay happy.
Push Harder To Become The Best
The simple fact is that the harder you push yourself, the more experiences you’ll have, and the more you’ll achieve. But, as powerful as visualization is, you can’t do this alone.
Join FF4L today. You’ll have all the support and advice you need to achieve any goal, fitness or otherwise. All the members of the Fit Father Project have been where you are. They can empathize and offer advice and support.
When you’re struggling to visualize your future, they can help you to keep on track and become the man you want to be.
Just as in every walk of life, support and healthy competition will make you push harder and become the best man that you can be. All you need to do is start to visualize your future and join FF4L today!
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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on visualizing your future to stay positive and achieve your goals.