Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Lincoln, the Future, and Psycho-Cybernetics
I recently read a good Lincoln quote: "The best way to predict the future is to create it." I like that. It goes along with what I’ve learned over the past two years regarding how to change your habits.
I believe that “first you form your habits, and then your habits form you.” For example, my eating habits, formed in my youth, helped form my middle aged girth. Oops! Who knew?
What’s a person to do? Lincoln knew: Create a new future!
But how? Here’s what I’ve been doing with great success:
I’ve developed a positive self-image via affirmations.
Self-improvement begins with how you see yourself: now and in the future.
An improved self-image starts with a new goal. But how do you find the right goals?
Use your head and heart to find out what would make you feel good about yourself. That’s what you “need” to learn. That’s a worthwhile goal!
That new worthwhile goal then needs to be re-written as an affirmation. (An affirmation is a goal written with positive words (no nots), with strong feeling words, with a personal pronoun (I), and with present tense verbs.)
Once the affirmation is written, I rehearse the new affirmation by repetition and visualization (image making or directed daydreaming).
I was already was good at visualization and repetition… it’s called worry! Mental rehearsal is simply pre-living a dream (visualization) instead of pre-living a nightmare (worry).
Because I am in charge of my habits.
I set goals, create affirmations, and use them.
I consistently review my affirmations and goals.
I spend time visualizing (image making) my good habits.
And that which was difficult (improvement) becomes easy! My habits are reformed in keeping with my new self-image, and my new and improved habits reform me! Go figure.
Too simple? Too bad.