Wellness Pathway #133: Visualize Wellness

In this week’s Provision I wrote about the use of self-directing affirmations to stay focused on the important and to develop effortless support systems. The technique works because it marinates the mind with your best intentions until they become reality. Positive, self-directing affirmations have measurable, physiological effects. Runners use them all the time to enhance performance. Repeatedly saying what they want and know to be true, as though it was already true, provides a competitive edge. It lifts the spirit, focuses the mind, and strengthens the flesh.

This technique works in every arena, including wellness. Affirming what you want, as though it were already true, in daily sessions of repetitive writing and recitation will move you in the direction you want to go. Visualization works the same way. Instead of saying the words, “I have perfect blood pressure,” you visualize your heart beating perfectly throughout the day and the blood pressure monitor reading less than 120 over 80. The longer you hold these images in your mind, the more powerful the effect. This works even for stubborn health problems. Things go better when you visualize wellness rather than disease.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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