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Visualize Your Ideal Self
I want you to visualize your ideal self.
The point of this exercise is all about manifestation – about bringing your ideal self into your physical reality. Which you can only do once you’re crystal clear on who you are.
Really think about it, focusing on various aspects of who you are and who you want to be, and then sit down with pen and paper.
Here are some questions to get your juices flowing. Remember to think positively about yourself in this.
Envision a specific point in the future. Imagine as fully as you can what things look like, taste like, smell like, etc. Use all your senses.
Go somewhere quiet where you’ll have some nice, quiet “alone time” to journal it out.
And remember, we’re talking IDEAL, here. So no pooh-poohing yourself!
OK. Let’s go.
- First, who are you? Make a quick inventory of identifiers. Like, “Woman. American. Wife. Husband, Daughter, Triathlete.” Etc.
- Now add similar labels to which you aspire. Something like, “Mom. Runner. Chef, Ironman”
- What do you do well? What do you enjoy? How can you develop those skills more?
- Next, how does your ideal self think? What does she or he believe? Try something like, “I make decisions calmly and rationally, but I never forget the importance of heart and emotion. I feel centered and generous. I believe life is good and I am blessed.”
- How do you feel and look? “I feel positive about the future and grateful for what I have,” perhaps… Or, “I look my best, due to healthy habits of eating right, exercising and managing stress.”
- Where are you geographically? Do you live in Paris, or a remote cabin in the woods, by the beach or hometown.
- Are you creative? Retired? Wealthy?
- Are you in love? Happily single?
- Did you achieve goals in your personal life, social life, and professional life? What were they? How do you imagine looking back on them?
Then practice daily visualization as a part of your routine: Sit down, close your eyes, and imagine your ideal self as thoroughly as you can.
It’s not only psychologically empowering, but it helps rewire your brain to manifest these emotions and desires. It’s good for anxiety and self-esteem, and for planning and goal-setting.
Athletes have known for generations that if they can visualize themselves winning, it prepares their mindset for victory.
I have all my athletes imagine their perfect race days and I myself am visualizing daily my successful RAAM (Ride Across America). I also do this daily for my personal and business life.
CEOs do it with business challenges.
Actors do it with playing roles.
You can do the same. And I am here to help.
Are you going to do this exercise with me? Let me know!
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.