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 we can only do once we’re crazy clear on who he or she is.
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.
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. Daughter.” Etc.
- Now add similar labels to which you aspire. Something like, “Mom. Runner. Vegan chef.”
- 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? Some people ideally live in Paris, or a remote cabin, or their 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.
CEOs do it with business challenges.
Actors do it by playing roles.
You can do the same. And I am here to help.