How do you visualize yourself and your situation? The fact is that the pictures you reflect on in your mind are often what your reality becomes. Are you filling your mind with positive pictures or negative ones?
Too many people focus their mental energy on the challenges they are encountering or the pain they want to avoid. They visualize their setbacks repeatedly. While you certainly can’t ignore your daily struggles, you also don’t have to let them dominate your thoughts. Give yourself a break. Take some time to focus on what’s good in your life and to paint positive mental images of what you want, rather than what you don’t.
The choice is yours. You can visualize success, or you can visualize failure. Realize, though, that negative thoughts cause you to underestimate yourself and your abilities. That then perpetuates the cycle of negativity.
In contrast, positive thoughts cause you to believe in yourself and reach new heights. When you visualize something positive, you set into motion the cycle of positivity. This then leads to smart risk-taking, gratitude, and success in many aspects of life.
A Lesson From Nature
Nature gives us the perfect example of what can happen when you believe in yourself. Consider the simple bumblebee. There are some who say that the bumblebee overestimates her ability to fly. Her body is much too large for the flimsy set of wings nature gave her.
But the bumblebee thinks she can fly. She flaps her wings as if she expects to fly and guess what? She flies!
One of the greatest mistakes you can make is to underestimate yourself. The reason is quite simple. You act in harmony with how you see yourself. So again, what do you visualize? How do you see yourself?
Tip: Be like the bumblebee. Visualize yourself as if you can fly—that you can do what you set out to do. Put your wings in motion and do what you want to do.
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