See Yourself As The
You Want to Become
by Jim Donovan
future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of
Do you carry around a
mental image of yourself as overweight and unhealthy,
when you really want to be fit, trim and in radiant
health? Do you have an internal image of yourself as
broke, never having enough money, when your heartís
desire is to be rich and prosperous? Do you affirm
disliking your job and not being able to get ahead, when
you really want your own business where you call the
Then, my friend, you
must change your mental image of yourself. You must
begin to see yourself as the person you want to become.
Affirm the characteristics and lifestyles of the person
you want to be.
Act as if
All change begins in
your mind. Before you can change your circumstances you
must first imagine yourself differently.
Begin to think, talk,
and act as the person you want to become. Doing that in
the present will move you toward your future lifestyle.
For example, if the person you want to become is trim
and healthy, the next time you encounter a dessert tray
at a restaurant ask yourself, "What would this
healthy, new me do in this situation?" Chances are
youíll pass it by.
If you want to become
a more understanding and loving parent, the next time
one of your children does something that makes you
angry, behave as the person you are working toward
becoming would behave in the same situation.
Create new pictures
One of the ways in
which we sabotage ourselves is to carry around old
pictures in our minds and replay old tapes that
undermine our progress. If you want to become wealthy,
stop seeing yourself as broke or poor. Stop affirming
lack and talking about not having enough money. Stop
complaining about your bills. A wealthy person would not
do these things.
One of the
"secrets" to becoming wealthy is to affirm
wealth. Express your gratitude for all that you already
have. Count your blessings. No matter how broke or
"poor" you may think you are, if you live in
the North America, you are living better than most of
the worldís population. By affirming your present
wealth, health, and opportunities, you are creating a
mental state that will attract more. Remember, "to
he who has, more is given." We attract what we
think about. This is a Cosmic Law. Make a habit of
acting, thinking, visualizing, and talking as the person
you would like to become. The more you do this, the
faster you will move toward this goal.
Visualize your desires
Whatever you can
vividly imagine, you can achieve. Everything in your
world and everything around you was once an idea in the
mind of its inventor or creator.
Invest time each day
visualizing what you want in your life. Sit quietly in a
place where you will not be disturbed. The best time to
do this is just before going to sleep at night and just
upon awakening in the morning. Close your eyes and take
a few deep breaths. Relax. Become quiet and at peace.
Mentally create a picture of what you want. See it as
vividly as you can. Donít strain. Add color and sound
and smells. Engage all of your senses.
You may even want to
picture a movie screen in your mindís eye and project
your image onto the screen. Just relax and see this
picture. Donít worry if itís not a perfect picture.
What matters is that you are teaching your subconscious
mind what you want to have in your life.
If you want to lose
weight and be in better health, see yourself as the
person you want to become. If you want a new house,
picture it in your mindís eye. See the rooms and
property. What does the kitchen look like? How about the
master bedroom? What is the view from the living room
window? What about the den? Add as much detail as you
After a few minutes of
this, say to yourself, "All of this and more is my
Divine right," or some other closing prayer or
affirmation. Doing this for ten or fifteen minutes each
day will help you stay on track and will bring into play
the powers of your subconscious mind to help you reach
Relax and have fun with it. Remember
the story of the opening day of Disney World in Orlando,
when the reporter exclaimed to Waltís brother, Roy,
"Itís too bad Walt didnít live to see
this." Roy, without missing a beat said, "Walt
saw it first, thatís why youíre seeing it now."
© Copyright 2001 Jim Donovan
Jim Donovan is the author of the
International bestsellers, Handbook To A Happier Life
and This Is Your Life, Not A Dress Rehearsal. His
articles, books and a free subscription to his
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