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She experienced an autonomic physical response to an entirely imaginary scenario that I described. Just by vividly imagining biting into a lemon, she salivated. Her thoughts had the power to do this.
The fact that you can have an automatic physical, emotional and cognitive response to events that exist only in your imagination or memory is both BAD news and GREAT news.
The BAD news is that vividly imagining difficult scenarios has the same effects on your mind, body and emotions as actually experiencing those events.
For example, worrying about something that may never happen can trigger anxiety, which results in increased production of stress hormones, elevated heart rate, raised blood pressure, interrupted digestion, etc. That’s why anxiety feels so uncomfortable.
It’s not just true of anxiety…
This is also why just thinking about a situation in which you felt angry, guilty, miserable, jealous, hurt or ashamed can plunge you right back into experiencing those strong feelings all over again.
Well, by vividly imagining (or remembering) positive, helpful and advantageous scenarios, you can change your THOUGHTS, your MOOD, your OUTLOOK and your BEHAVIOUR.
Have you heard the saying “If you believe you can and you believe you can’t, you’re both right?”
That’s just another way of saying that your thoughts and your imagination create your reality.
If you want to change your outcome for the better, use the immense power of your imagination to create a vivid new reality in your head – and then behave in a way that’s consistent with your vision.
All you have to do is imagine. Now how quick and easy a mindset fix is that?
If you’d like some help with coaxing your imagination to work in more helpful ways, contact me for a chat.
Caroline is a Mindset Trainer and speaker who works with sensitive, high-potential leaders who know they were born for something more. She shows them how to beat mindset blocks and habits, such as limiting beliefs, low self worth and procrastination, that are preventing them from making a bigger impact.