Imagining a Better

Imagine what it is going to be like once you are taking better care of yourself. Grab your notebook and write down:

- what you would be doing

- what would be different about your life

- what you would be eating

- what kind of exercise you would be taking

- how often and in what way you would be relaxing

- what you would not be doing any more

- how you would be feeling.

See yourself behaving in these ways, as though you are already taking better care of yourself. You can then begin to live the dream. It really is no more difficult than that. Achieve little bits at a time, for as long as it takes. You can win in every step you take towards being kinder to yourself - and don't let anyone else, for whatever reason, pull you away from your purpose.

A teacher once asked his class to write a story of how they saw themselves in the future. When one boy handed in his essay which described him living on a ranch out in the country, he was given an 'F' and told by the teacher to go home and write something more realistic. Having talked about the story with his father, the boy handed the same story back in.

Sitting on his ranch 15 years later, the boy, now a man, was paid a visit by his former teacher, who said: 'You didn't let me, but I now see that I stole the dreams of a great many children. I just wanted to say that I am sorry.'

You dont get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.

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It is important to think ahead. Draw up your own plan or map of where you are going. Imagine yourself, a year from today, living a happier and more fulfilled life. What changes will you have made? How and where would you have started to make these changes? We want you to become aware that you have the resources and passion to make your dreams come true; you will not find true and lasting happiness in external stimulants or habits.

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, 'Who is that?' The person in the reflection looks vaguely familiar, but bears only some resemblance to the person you were expecting to be. Psychologists call this 'displacement of self, and some people go through life never recognizing or connecting with themselves.

The power to be who you want lies beneath your bills, your job, the washing up and any other difficulty you might have in your daily life. It may seem well hidden, but it is there. There is no longer any need to live life as though it were a dress rehearsal for something better. You can become today the leading man or lady of your own life.

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