Visualize Optimal Health
Thought is the seed of action.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
If I said you will get one million dollars to follow instructions exactly, you would do it effortlessly and without thought. Why? You would do it because you can see money in your mind quite clearly, you know what it is, you know what it can do for you, and you know things you want with it. Even without it in front of you, you can see it clearly and envision all the benefits. This vision is so clear you are motivated to get into action.
When it comes to our health, we do not clearly see the benefits, so we are not motivated to get into action. Unless you clearly see and understand in your mind what it means, your actions towards health seem pointless. We have to understand the thoughts, and then action will come naturally.
Can you visualizing what it will feel like to be at your optimal health? You probably have not thought about it that much. Thoughts that lead to behavior are imprinted by repetitive thought and action. Continuing to use money as an example, what money can do is ingrained in your thoughts all day as you use it and work for it. You have also spent time imagining what it does. You buy a lotto ticket and you can see in your mind what that winning money could do.
This repetitive thinking makes it so easy for money to act as a motivator to action. We now need to think seriously and realize that without health, money doesn't matter. Health, as Dr Carlos says, is worth more, and is vital to everything else. However, we might not feel bad today, or we can't imagine the benefits of feeling better. The result is we don't realize the importance of our everyday, small health decisions.
A cigarette smoker could not smoke if they could see clearly in their mind how each puff contributes to dying a slow painful death of cancer. We don't see it or feel it as we smoke and therefore it does not motivate us to stop. We do not see the food we eat as harmful, and we don't think about or envision the effect it has upon us. We get along ok without exercise and many other healthy choices we could be making.
The truth is most of us have no idea what it feels like to live in a state of optimal health. If you knew, you would be incredibly motivated, because it feels better than anything. If you knew in each moment what the choices you make towards your health will do to you long term, you would be motivated to make good choices.
How can you be motivated if you can't see what your action will produce for you? Our behavior is motivated by results that we see. We don't see negative health behavior as having immediate effect and so we are not motivated to change our behaviors. First thing then, is to develop a vision of what your optimal health would be like.
See your energy level, your body, your skin, your smile, your attitude, graceful movements, strength, walk, shiny hair. See it today and see it as you grow older. Play a movie in your head of your in optimal health throughout your life and really see what that looks like. Play it over and over again as many times as you can throughout the day. Get that picture in your mind, and it will lead to action. If you can see the actions you take every day as part of the bigger picture then it means something. Then you become motivated.
As you go through your day making health-related choices, incorporate your vision to influence your decisions. Ask yourself if your actions have a positive influence over your health.
See it---believe it---do it---achieve it---your optimal health...
Jeremiah88john at Sat, Nov 20 09:17 PM:
that was very refreshing
imawiley at Mon, Jan 10 03:49 AM:
So sad and true that most of us (including myself) have not experienced my optimal health! I'm working towards optimal health and I see it and feel closer each day!!!!
JohannesBach at Mon, Jan 10 10:40 PM:
I promised myself that I'll walk what hey refer to as 4 times 40.
This means to walk 4 times per week for 40 minutes.
I can do it and commit myself to it.
Rayster94 at Tue, Jun 07 11:14 AM:
I agreed.. without knowing the purpose. We won't be motivate t0 do it. Thanks.. I learn a new thing today.
Learnhealth at Thu, Sep 15 03:05 AM:
Thank you Coach. Reading your message was very motivating and healthy for me.