Are your thoughts connected to the life you experience?
Can your thoughts directly affect how you look and feel?
I think the answer is YES, definitely!
In this article, I will show you how you can leverage the power of your mind to help push you towards the body of your dreams as if by divine influence. An invisible force will drive you forward, closer and closer to the body you envision.
Sound farfetched? Well it’s not…
Visualization is a time-tested, proven technique that involves focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal. Visualization is so powerful because it impacts our subconscious minds and without us even realizing it, we are propelled in the direction of our thoughts.
Many of the most successful people in the world use the power of visualization on a daily basis to achieve both personal and professional goals. For example, Michael Jordan used to visualize making the game winning shot thousands of times in his mind before he actually made the shot in countless games.
So how do you create the right visualization that inspires you?
I encourage you to spend a couple minutes visualizing how you want your body to look and feel. Think deeply and take into account the following questions:
• What are you wearing?
• What are you doing?
• Are you with anyone?
• Do you hear anything?
• How exactly do you feel? What is your emotional state?
• What is it about the way you look that is so appealing? Anything in particular?
The more detailed the visualization, the more real, the better. If you are 5’10” and visualize yourself as a ripped 6’6” guy who can do a 360 dunk, that visualization is not going to help much. But you can certainly make your vision more extreme, like an ideal.
Finding photos of guys who really inspire me to improve my physique who also had similar body types as me helped make my visualizations more concrete and real. Here are some of the photos I put together that inspired me:
In time, I developed a physique comparable to the guys in the photos above. It was a surreal feeling looking at myself in the mirror and seeing a reflection of the body I dreamed about for so many years. The constant visualization of the body I wanted manifested itself into physical reality.
There is one major challenge to making this visualization work for us 24/7. It’s such an insidious problem that it can make our visualization exercise almost worthless:
We must believe in our visualization. It’s only a matter of time before the vision becomes reality.
Here’s a shocking statistic for you: As I mentioned in the Top 10 Quotes For Fitness Motivation, some studies show that more than 90% of our approximately 60,000-70,000 thoughts each day are negative, and most are the same as the previous day. 3
Are these negative thought patterns impacting our success? You bet. 4
These negative thought patters create self limiting beliefs that derail any chance of success.
So next time you have a negative thought, or are stressed out, step back and think about it. Making negative subconscious thoughts conscious can snap you out of a negative thought pattern.
Here are some examples of making a negative thought into a positive one:
• Going to the gym for a tough workout is not a chore, but an opportunity to improve your body and your health.
• You are not depriving yourself by asking for salad on the side instead of fries, you are improving your body and your health, getting one step closer to your visualization.
• The soreness you feel after a workout is not bad, it’s proof you had a good workout.
Ascribing positive thoughts to actions or things that you typically would ascribe to pain is a game changer!
I usually know within 5 minutes of meeting someone whether or not they will reach their transformation goals, because it’s all in their head!
It has NOTHING to do with genetics, or even with lifting experience. It’s all about mindset. Period.
I’ll leave you with a few great quotes on the power of visualization:
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”
“As you think, so shall you become.”
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint, and begin to build.”
Have you ever used visualization to help you achieve a goal in your life?
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- Thomsen DK, Mehlsen MY, Hokland M, et al. Negative thoughts and health: associations among rumination, immunity, and health care utilization in a young and elderly sample. Psychosom Med. 2004;66(3):363-71. ↩
- Available at: http://www.chopra.com/namaste/may07. Accessed February 10, 2013. ↩
- Rietveld S, Mulder BJ, Van beest I, et al. Negative thoughts in adults with congenital heart disease. Int J Cardiol. 2002;86(1):19-26. ↩