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See Yourself As The Person
You Want to Become
by Jim Donovan

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt

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 shots?

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 can.

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 your goal.

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 newsletter are available from www.jimdonovan.com.  


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