You are now "in process." That means you are starting to believe in your ability to once and for all flip the switch. To make this process easier and to keep continuing to believe in yourself, let me introduce you to an extremely powerful tool that will assist you and provide you with ongoing encouragement, motivation, and a daily dose of reinforcement. That tool is visualization. When we create a picture or goal in our mind, we are visualizing. According to Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, "almost all world-class athletes and other peak performers visualize. They visualize their success whether it be tennis, golf, baseball - they see themselves actually winning the match, tournament or World Series." This technique will give you the inspirational reinforcement necessary to carry through with your decision to lose weight. Start picturing yourself as a successful "loser" in your mind. Visualizing yourself as a success will strongly reinforce the belief that you can succeed.
Visualize Your Success
As you visualize your success, I want you to form a mental template of how you want to look. This should not be a picture of someone else, a model, movie star, or celebrity. This should be a picture of a leaner, healthier, happier you. It might be helpful if you set aside a time and a place to visualize. What you are essentially doing is creating a mental picture of yourself having succeeded with weight loss. You are combining your body and your mind. Visualizing this success takes practice. I am not talking about daydreaming nor am I advocating self-absorption or overt narcissism. Rather, this is a personal self-assessment. Dr. Joann Dahlkoetter, author of Your Performing the flip Edge, states, "Take the best you have been and the best you can possibly be and take a picture." You've heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words." That's what I am asking you to do - picture yourself victorious at weight loss. Think of this as a form of meditation. It can ultimately be relaxing and quite calming and take the stress out of weight loss.
A highly significant factor in my success rate with clients has always been based on continual motivation and positive reinforcement of their behavior. We all know how great it makes us feel to hear a boss, spouse, or partner say, "You're doing a great job." It motivates us to keep doing that great job and encourages us to try even harder. I continually instruct my staff on the benefits of positive reinforcement and urge them to provide it liberally to all clients. They need it. We all need it (especially children), yet unfortunately so few of us receive enough of it in our professional and private lives. Consequently, I don't want you to have to rely on one person or other individuals to provide this reassurance that you will succeed at losing the weight. I want you to use the technique of visualization to give yourself that motivation, encouragement, and positive reinforcement. I want you to begin developing that confidence from within.