The power of visualization

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

One of the first things I learned when I started my journey in bowling was the importance of believing in yourself. Sure we hear that all the time, but it plays a big role in physical activity. Any Olympic athlete will tell you how much they visualize success. Michael Phelp said visualization is the most important process on his routine before a competition.

Most people fall into one of two categories when it comes to success. The first are those who are great at anticipating everything that could happen in any given situation. They prepare themselves for multiple scenarios. The second group has a clear vision of how they want things to play out and puts all of their energy into creating their desired outcome.

Some of simple steps to incorporate visualization into your daily routine according to Inc. are:

  • Decide exactly what you want
  • Choose an image
  • Visualize daily

As you routinely and intentionally visualize a desired outcome, and step into the belief that it is possible, our brains increase the motivation to make it happen. We become more and more determined to do whatever it takes to achieve our goals.

See it. Say it. Sense it.

 

Brain training to achieve your goals

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell

It has been said that whatever you can dream, you can achieve. There is no greater time than now to begin to live your dreams. Your dreams are achievable if you put in the effort needed to make it work. Your mind is such that it can only achieve what it can conceive, whatever the dream is. You have to agree with your mind that you can achieve it, so that you can work together to achieve your dreams.

However, it is harder than it seems. We still need to train our brain to be in that stage of mind. In my experience, John C. Maxwell is the best teacher to help us reach that stage of mind. Maxwell said that his desire is to be like one of those encouraging teachers to us. He wants to prepare us to put our dream to the test so we can actually achieve them.

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 18 million books. He is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. He has written over 70 books on the topics of leadership, teamwork, relationships, attitude, success, personal growth, and communication. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week have all nominated Maxwell as a best selling author.

I have read two of John C. Maxwell books, which are 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The books definitely help me to think differently.

Think Big. Dream big. Achieve Big.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most important thing to do when chasing your dreams is to define your dreams. The first step in going after a dream is knowing what you want. Can you define your dream for your life? What is it that you envision yourself doing with your life?

Instead of realizing their dreams, too many people never get started. They are too busy listing all the reasons why they cannot achieve their dreams. They defeat themselves before they even get started. Pickthebrain provides 10 reasons why you can achieve your dreams.

10 steps to make your dreams come true:

  • Be specific about your dream
  • Turn your dream into a burning desire
  • Turn your burning desires into goals
  • Plan – create a strategic plan of action
  • Take action now
  • Set short-term goals
  • Review your progress regularly
  • Knowledge and knowing exactly what is your dream and accepting that is exactly what you want
  • Visualization – have a vivid picture in your mind of how your dream will be when you accomplish it
  • Be confident – have no doubts in yourself what so ever
  • Meditate – relax and calm your mind, soul, and body
  • Work towards your dream with all your focus, concentration, and confidence

So, what is your dream?

Developing a new habit

Your audacious life goals are fabulous. But it is possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that is really frightening you.” – Seth Godin

Have you ever set out with the goal of actually sticking to a new behavior … only to find yourself not doing it at all one week later?

I know I have.

Sometimes your brain can trick you into sticking with bad habits because your brain has a long list of diabolical mechanisms intended to keep your habits exactly as they are.

Your life goals are not your habits. We all have hopes and dreams, such as the way we want our bodies to look or the respect we want to receive from others. Overall, this is a good thing. It is nice to know what you want and having goals gives you a sense of direction and purpose. However, there is one way that your hopes and dreams actually sabotage you from becoming better. Your desires can easily lure you into biting off more than you can chew.

Too often, we let our motivations and desires drive us into frenzy as we try to solve our entire problem at once instead of starting a small, new routine. It is not nearly as sexy as saying you lost 30 pounds in 3 months. The truth is the dreams that you have are very different from the actions that will get you there. Dream big, but start small. If you are serious about making a real change, then you have to start small. Focus on lifestyle, not life-changing. Too often we get obsessed with making life-changing transformations. Life goals are good to have because they provide information, but they can also trick you into taking on more than you can handle.

Kyle Maynard, who is a speaker, author, and athlete, wrote an article “My Challenge to Both You and Me: Change a Major Habit in 3 Months.” The article is a good source to help you developing a new habit step by step.

Without action nothing will ever improve. It is our actions combined with our desire that lead to real change in our lives.

Ways to manage stress

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs

Stress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. It can easily walk all over us unless we take action. First thing that you need to do when you want to deal with stress is to figure out where the stress is coming from. By specifically specific pinpointing the stress in your life, you are one step closer to getting organized and taking action.

Managing stress is all about taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with your problems.

Couple of strategies to manage your stress:

  • avoid unnecessary stress
  • alter the situation
  • adapt to the stressor
  • accept the things you cannot change
  • make time for fun and relaxation
  • adopt a healthy lifestyle

You have more control over your stress than you might think.

WayofGray

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.” – Anonymous

Sophie Gray, who is commonly known as WayofGray, is a Certified Personal trainer through Canadian Fitness Professionals. She is studying nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is extremely passionate about everything involving health and wellness.

I think Gray is a really good motivator for all of you who are struggling with body imagine, especially young women. She spreads her stories to motivate other women to become better people. She shares her struggles with others who have experienced the same issues, and lets them know that they are not alone. She inspires others with her hard work and dedication.

“I know what it is like to stare in the mirror, and fell that familiar discontentment,” Gray says. “I know how difficult it is finding a place to start. I want to be that starting ground for you. I want to be able to motivate and inspire you. It is just as much as a journey for me as it is for you. We are in this journey together.”

Gray recently published Gray’s Work Out Ebook. It is $10 and contains 10 workouts and Way of Gray’s pantry musts. The workouts in Gray’s Ebook are metabolic workouts, which includes high intensity work periods with short rest periods done in a circuit format.

Gray has her own website, known as WayofGray, which talks about workout routines, healthy recipes, and motivational stories. If you are familiar with Instagram, you can also follow her Instagram. This is the easiest way for you to get healthy information from her. You can check it out from your mobile phone everyday, no matter where you are.

The importance of staying positive

“Whenever you think you can, or think you cannot, you are right.” – Henry Ford

Positive thinking is a mental attitude or world view that interprets situations and events as being best. Psychologists indicate positive thinking as how we response to events that happened in our life.

You might heard people tell you to “dream higher” or “nothing is impossible.” Some of you might not believe that positive thinking exists. On the other hand, you might believe in positive thinking or even experienced it before.

For those who want to give it a try, just click the YouTube video on top. I know it is 25-minutes long but you only need to hear it for 25 minutes once. I promise!