I have a quick question for you, and curious to see if you know the answer…
What do Albert Einstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and Jim Carey all have in common?
They all use visualization to help them be super successful in their lives and careers. Visualization is a creative tool we can all tap into to maximize the power of our minds and nowhere is visualization more powerful than in fitness.
Many olympic athletes use visualization before races and big competitions.
I personally used visualization to lose over 200 pounds back in 2002, and I’ve been the same weight ever since.
As many of you know I was once over 400 pounds. After I had decided to quit dieting once and for all, I turned to visualization to try creating sustainable and permanent results in weight loss.
During this time, I had a very definite image of my ideal body after losing the weight.
I wanted to be a 183 pounds and totally fit. I used to imagine this every night as I was going to sleep.
Two and a half years later I became that exact image. I know that visualization really contributed to my success and that was over 12 years ago.
Over the years I've been making visualizations for people to use daily, and also leading
visualizations for people in my Support Group.
I have led guided visualizations for tens of thousands of people all over the world at this point, and over a million people have listened to my popular evening visualization.
And now, so many people that have been on the dieting roller coaster for years are now finally losing weight and keeping it off sustainably by adding this simple, mind-body approach to their day. Visualization complements any fitness program because you’re tapping into the power of your mind and channelling it into your weight loss effort.
Visualization the way we practice it at The Gabriel Method, is a form of meditation and there have been many studies that demonstrate that meditation helps you reduce the stress hormones that can cause weight gain.
So at the very least visualization works because it reduces stress.
And at the very most, you're actually tapping into an enormous power that we all have inside us to transform our bodies.
So if you haven't done any visualization before I can teach you a real quick visualization that you can do with me and it only takes a couple of minutes. It’s a great practice to have as a way to start your day first thing the morning.
The basic concept of visualization is to relax your body by imagining either the white light going through your body or you can just imagine any part of your body relaxing.
Once you've relaxed a little bit, then you create an opportunity for your mind to go into a state of consciousness researchers call the ‘alpha’ and ‘theta’ states. This is the state of mind where you are much more relaxed, and it is much easier to focus and use the power of your mind for conscious creation.
Once you're in that state, now it’s time to make a visual image of how you'd like to look – your ideal body. If you're interested to experience this for yourself, and if you're willing to try something new, I'll take you through a quick visualization.
To do so, watch the video on this page, and if you like, you can fast forward to minute 3:20. This is where I start to take you through a visualization experience.