The benefits of a desired outcome are personal and differ from person to person. These benefits become our “why”. If we focus on “why” it is important to do something then our thought processes are specific and positive which motivate us to stay focused on our goals.
Here is how you determine your personal benefits:-
Using all of your senses imagine that you could wave a magic wand and you have the body that you so desire; Ask yourself the following questions about how different your life is:-
- How does it feel and what affect does it have:-
On how you interact with others?
On your intimate life?
When you exercise?
When buying clothes
- What are you doing differently?
How does it affect your productivity?
What can you do now that you wouldn’t/couldn’t do before?
- Imagine further into the future being slim and healthy – perhaps as an older person, a
being a grandparent, achieving sporting goals, pursuing hobbies. Notice what gets you excited.
Now, as you imagine the future with a slim healthy body determine what benefit is most important and compelling to you. It would be helpful to focus on this most important benefit for about 10 minutes at the start of every day so that you can stay on track to be self-nurturing.
The first step is to picture and imagine yourself on a tv screen with the body you desire and all the habits that are associated with having a slim trim healthy body.
Imagine trying on your “slim clothes”
Making healthy choices when socializing
Shopping for healthy foods – reading nutritional information on packaging
Imagine it so vividly, using all of your senses (seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, tasting, and what you are saying to yourself) as if you have already achieved success
You might also like to give yourself some affirmations that are appropriate for you such as:-
- I eat when there is a physiological need for food for fuel….I am in touch with my emotions
and recognize the difference between hunger and negative emotions…..I seek to change my
habits to self-soothe in a healthy way…
- I choose fresh healthy foods to nurture my body… I make it a priority to plan my meals….. I
nurture my body and mind with a wide variety of foods.
- I give all my attention to the food that I am eating, enjoying aromas, taste and texture…….I
enjoy food and take the time to research and try out new recipes……I eat mindfully and find
that I am satisfied with eating less
In my next article I shall explain how you can rid yourself of past beliefs and experiences which affect your eating habits and lifestyle today.
Read more about Hypnosis/NLP/Personal Coaching for weight loss here
Read Health Status article on using visualization for weight loss here