“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
Remember when we were little all the crazy things our imagination would come up with? Back then we could create the coolest, scariest monsters known to mankind. They were so real we could not sleep at night without a nightlite, and the door cracked open. It did not stop us though. The next night, we're do it all over again, but this time with the goal of making them even scarier!
So, what happened to those awesome days of letting our imaginations run wild and knowing, not just believing, those monsters could actually come to life and kill us in the middle of the night?
We grow up, and when we did, we stopped believing in the magic of our imagination.
Thankfully, not everyone grows up and stops believing anything their minds create can come to life. If Walt Disney had there would not be Disneyland! Can you imagine a world without Disneyland?
How about Ford? The Wright brothers? Edison? They dreamed it. They believed it. They bought those dreams to life.
Every one of us has a great imagination. We use it to create stories in our minds every day – it's called daydreaming. Let me ask you something. How do you feel after you've sat daydreaming? Happy, right? Guess what? You've just shown that by focusing on positive things and creating stories that go with them, you can completely change your attitude. You can also change your body.
What does Einstein say about imagination? “It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” By envisioning ourselves as having the body we want to the point that we can actually feel it, we are changing our future. We become what we think.
Bodybuilders use their imaginations all the time to achieve their fitness goals. They envision themselves standing on the stage winning. They not only see every single cut on their body, but can physically feel them as well.
If they can do it to achieve their fitness goals, so can you. The trick is to be realistic. Do not envision yourself as having broad shoulders if they're not. Do not picture yourself being as thin as a small framed person, if you're large framed. Be realistic in what you see.
If it helps, look at yourself at all angles naked in front of a mirror. Horrifying, I know, but it might help you when you go to visualize what you want. As you look at yourself, what parts need sliced off? That belly is probably the first place to start. How do you want it to look?
Remember, the greatest successes come from starting small. Taking it from here, beginning visualizing yourself having that smaller stomach. See it so clearly in your mind that you can actually feel it. Do it through the day, especially before getting out of bed in the morning, and before falling asleep at night. The shower is another great place.
In time, using the power of your imagination, you'll begin to make the right choices that will lead to that flat belly and a happier self, because you've trained your mind to make those choices.
Just remember, if bodybuilders can do it, so can you.