Marsha Wykes, PT & Health Coach

Reach Your Potential

Do you ever feel like you have more potential than you’re living up to? Do you ever feel disappointed in yourself when you aren’t living up to your potential? How will you harness your potential to create the very best you? Try some of the following tips to make a change for the better:

1. Use Your Imagination

If you thought that imaginations were only valued in preschool, think again. The technique of using your imagination to reprogram and manage your self-image is a very valuable tool! Your self-image is the key to changing your actions and habits. If you want to lose 50 pounds, you first have to think of yourself as someone 50 pounds lighter. If you want to run your first 5K you have to see yourself in the race being successful at it. Spend time in your imagination. See yourself 50 pounds lighter. Experience a day in your life at this slimmed down size. Imagine everything down to the smallest detail. See yourself crossing the finish line at the end of that race. This imagination time will begin to change your self-image and your actions and habits will begin to fall into place.

2. Reject Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts will undoubtedly arise as you use your imagination to see your ideal self. These negative thoughts are so much a part of our background, we often don’t even realize it. Try this – the instant you receive a negative thought simply dismiss it. Don’t spend any time on it at all. The quicker that you dismiss negative thoughts, the less impact they will have on your self-image. Also you’ll find that fewer and fewer negative thoughts arise once you get into the habit of dismissal.

3. Be Nostalgic For The Future

It’s so easy to be nostalgic for the past, especially when you only remember the good stuff. But what good does it do for you to wish for things that are long gone? Try developing nostalgia for the future.  In your imagination you’ve already achieved the success of the goal you’re focused on, so start pining for the future! Your self-image will lock onto that picture and your nostalgic feelings will fuel the fire.

4. I’m The Kind Of Person That…

What kind of person are you?
• I’m the kind of person that can’t say no to sweets and treats.
• I’m the kind of person that hates exercise.
• I’m the kind of person that can’t lose weight no matter what I try.
• I’m the kind of person that eats fresh and healthy food.
• I’m the kind of person that keeps fit.
• I’m the kind of person that maintains an ideal body weight.

Your self-image will always fulfill any label that you put on yourself. The power is all in your hands.

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