One of the best parts of my job is getting to do one-on-one consultations, primarily because it is such a helpful tool for people to sit down with someone whose sole purpose in that half hour and design a path for their individual success. Many people I see want to generally be healthier and fitter, but they haven’t allowed themselves to envision what this would realistically look like. They often tell me, “I want to lose weight, eat better, and have less stress.” But many times, they aren’t quite sure how to get there, and I get the wonderful opportunity of helping them figure out just how to do it.
Probably the biggest thrill I get is when I ask the person sitting in the consultation to imagine what specifically their healthy, fit, and less stressed bodies look like. What does a healthy mental state feel like for them? It doesn’t matter what they say; they can have off the wall ideas, like running a half-marathon when they aren’t able to run a mile, or lose 50 pounds and keep it off when they have been living in an overweight body for several years. I enjoy the challenge of breaking down these lofty goals and figuring out just how we’re going to accomplish them.
My challenge for you this week is to imagine the wildest, most outlandish goals for yourself. What have you always wanted to do but were too intimidated to follow through with? What haven’t you had time for in the past but have always wanted to make time to do? Here’s the kicker though: do it without placing perceived limits on yourself. The cool thing about imagination is that there are no limits, so dream big! Now that you’ve got these ideas about what you want to do, imagine what it would feel like to accomplish these things. Delve into this practice. Be specific. Next week, we will go further into how to implement these crazy goals, but this week, your challenge is to visualize what your goals look like at the finish line. Happy dreaming!