With every choice we make and every thought that we think in the present moment, we are creating our future selves. We can ask ourselves before eating or drinking or taking on any new beliefs, “Will this help me cultivate a healthy future self?” We can also use our thoughts to create a visualization of our future selves to become a guide for how we live our lives now.
The word vision comes from the latin word visionem, meaning wisdom. When we are actively practicing visualization, we are using our inner wisdom to cultivate that which we wish to experience in our lives.
Many individuals, such as scientists and scholars, have testified to this wisdom power of positive visualization. One of my greatest inspirations, Louise Hay, a successful author and influential book publisher who lived until her 90th year as a healthy and energetic woman, was a well-known spokesperson for the importance of affirmations and visualizations for creating your future self.
Numerous professional athletes are also great practitioners of using vivid, highly detailed internal mind images to run-through their performances before taking any physical actions. Wimbledon Champion Billy Jean King actively used positive visualization to prepare for her tennis matches and strongly believed that this was what made athletes Champions; World Champion Golfer, Jack Nicklaus has been quoted as saying, “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head.”
I’ve experienced this amazing power of visualization in my own life, as I can remember a time, over twenty years ago, when I was feeling unhealthy and needing to make change in my life. At that time, I began to create a vision of my future self in my mind of who I wanted to become - someone who was beautiful, strong, healthy and vital. Using this vision as my guide, I began to slowly replace unhealthy habits with healthy habits. As I continued to practice positive visualization, people and opportunities came into my life to assist me on my journey, and with each new day, I began to feel better, have clearer thoughts, and could see more and more how the practice of visualization truly did make a positive impact in my life.
Today, I am a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Health Coach, continuing to grow and be amazed at the infinite possibilities before me. It is now with great excitement that I practice in the co-creation of my future self. I actively visualize how I want to look in my elder years, picturing the beautiful wrinkles on my face that have been created from years of laughing and living in joy; I also visualize how I want to feel, with an energy radiating out from my body that is full of love and compassion and gratitude. I vision myself continuing to grow and evolve, surrounded by wonderful friendships and community, and being a healing, positive, inspirational force in the world. I strongly encourage you to do the same!!
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” – Buddha