I am copying over the following from fitness guru Tom Venuto – thought they are really interesting, especially in light of what I read earlier about visualization. His full article can be found here and several other places – I got it in an email adn I am just pasting in the “predictions” for your brain food. Needless to say, Tom is a big believer in visualization…. so where does that leave us, Gentle Readers?
YOUR FITNESS FUTURE FORETOLD:
20 PREDICTIONS FOR 2012
I PREDICT that if you can reach into your pocket on any day in 2012 and pull out a card or piece of paper with all your body and fitness goals written on it in vivid detail, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of you achieving every one of those goals before the end of the year.
I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on your goals and how you are going to achieve them, all day long, you will reach your goals so fast in 2012, it will make your head spin. [Hmm – that bolded bit sounds more like what we were saying, doesn’t it? HOW to get there, not just the applause? –SK]
I PREDICT that if you focus your thoughts on health woes and body fat problems and if you think about what you don’t want, all day long, your problems will get worse than ever this year.
I PREDICT that if you made a new year’s resolution, but you didn’t turn it into a specific, written goal with a deadline and a strong reason why you must achieve it, you will abandon it the moment the going gets tough.
I PREDICT that if you can tell me all the reasons why achieving your health and fitness goals are important to you, you will be motivated from within to stick with it when the going gets tough. [This is a good one. I am going to brainstorm more reasons!]
I PREDICT that at times, the going is going to get tough.
I PREDICT that if you can tell me today what is your life purpose and what is your lifelong vision for your body and your health, you will still be as motivated and driven at the end of the year as you were at the beginning.
I PREDICT that if you don’t have long term goals and a”big picture” vision for your life that you will lose your
New Year’s enthusiasm and motivation in a matter of months or even weeks.
I PREDICT that the way you see yourself in your mind’s eye today will be an exact reflection of what you see in the
mirror at the end of the year. [Oh deers. SK is skeered.]
I PREDICT that if you have a setback that seems to get in the way of you reaching your health and fitness goals and you tell yourself “this just is temporary; this too shall pass,”then it won’t set you back and it will pass.
I PREDICT that if you believe the way your body looks today is out of your control and you feel helpless or powerless to change, you won’t even make much of an effort this year.
I PREDICT that if you accept complete responsibility for the way your body looks today and you believe that you have the power to change, that you will take action and keep taking action, even through the tough times. [Yes. Dis what kitteh tryin to do, wif all de yellin at Lil Kitteh when she whines about “fair.”]
I PREDICT that if you’re unhappy with your physical condition and you say, “it’s not my fault” or you blame it on genetics, hormones or age, then your body will look pretty much the same at the end of 2012 as it did on New Year’s day. [Or worse. Ahem. I haz heard.]
I PREDICT that the more you have patience, a long term perspective and the ability to postpone immediate
gratification, the more likely you are to be a success one year from now. [Ugh. Kitteh was afraid of dis.]
I PREDICT that the more you seek “miracle pills” or “quick fixes,” the more likely you are to be a failure one year
I PREDICT that you will be tempted by many quick fixes in 2012.
I PREDICT that if you hang out with losers and negative people this year, you will become just like them.
I PREDICT that if you hang out with winners and positive people this year, you will become just like them.
I PREDICT that you will run into more negative people and losers this year than positive people and winners.
I PREDICT that if you recruit just one friend or support partner that stands behind you and the lifestyle changes you want to make in 2012, you will double your chances for success. If you surround yourself with numerous support partners, you will become virtually unstoppable.
So… what do you think? How important is the “seeing yourself successful” stuff?
I have to say, I have avoided thinking of how horribly miserably fat I look for many years. That probably has something to do with my horrified reaction at the worst before pictures ever. And when I feel like eating something off plan the last few weeks, I srsly think of that horrible horrific photo, summon up all my disgust and shame and revulsion, and draw a big old red X through it in my head. I am not going to be there next Christmas. Period. So how does that fit in?