I’ve been reading a lot of personal development books lately…you know, those hokey, self-help type books that generally make you either cringe or roll your eyes? As coaches for Beachbody, we are encouraged to spend time every single day doing some personal development. It is, in fact, one of our top three “vital behaviors” as a coach.
It took me awhile to listen to this request and grab a book, but I finally grabbed one that had been recommended and reluctantly opened it up. I could NOT put it down! It was such a fantastic, eye-opening book! So I thought, “Hey…maybe there’s something to this…” and I grabbed the next one. Life changing. Totally changed my perspective on my whole life.
Needless to say, I was a believer in personal development. I am currently in the middle of three different amazing books, and have a huge list of books waiting for me. I even took time one day to visit a local thrift store and came out with eight new books that look promising.
One of the main themes of many of the books I have read is the power of positive thinking, or visualization. These books are all pretty much in agreement with the idea that we can be, do, or have anything we truly desire if we think about it as if it’s a sure thing, visualize it as if it has already happened, or just think about it constantly and how we can achieve it. I’ve been putting these ideas to the test recently, and I have been amazed at the results!
Seriously, this is going to sound so silly, but I have to share it anyway. One of the coaches beneath me has been struggling with her nutrition. She does NOT like vegetables. One vegetable, that’s it. It’s a little difficult to have a healthy diet when you’re hooked on burgers, fries, pizza, and you gag just at the thought of eating a vegetable. She was getting discouraged and probably ready to quit, when I decided to test out one of these theories with her. I asked her to spend some time every day for a week, visualizing herself eating a specific vegetable, and actually liking it. She was to think only of having pleasure when eating it and not let any ideas of being grossed out into her mind. Then she was supposed to try the vegetable for real at the end of the week and see what happened.
Well, she jumped the gun a little bit and tried the veggie after only a few days. She messaged me in excitement…she ate it! She didn’t gag and was able to eat it, enjoyed the flavor, but was a little put off by the texture still. Wow! I know, it sounds strange, but for this girl it’s a HUGE accomplishment! We’re now working on making her enjoy it even more, then we’ll move onto another veggie. Why not?
For myself, I’ve been trying to balance work and home life more efficiently. This has led me to decide I need to be waking up MUCH earlier than normal so I can get some work done in the morning while my family sleeps. If you know me at all, you’ll know this was a daunting task. I am not a morning person. So I spend a few minutes each night before I fall asleep, visualizing myself waking up with the alarm, seeing the time, getting out of bed, getting dressed and getting to work. Guess what? It WORKS! I am thoroughly amazed at how easy it has been for me to wake up early with that alarm, when previously I would sleep through THREE different alarms set to different times without even cracking an eyelid.
I know, you don’t believe me and it sounds ridiculous. So I’m going to challenge YOU. Pick one thing in your life you would like to change, improve, or add. Dream big! Set goals! Then think about it! Spend a half hour each day when you have a few minutes of quiet, and think about whatever it is you’re working on. Do this for at least a week and see what happens…I would LOVE to know if you have any fun experiences with this!
If you are interested in learning more about this idea or discussing some goals you are trying to reach, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll chat!