Hey, how are those New Year’s resolutions from a month or so ago doing? Funny thing about New Year's resolutions: If we really wanted that thing, why did we wait until January 1st to decide to have it? What if the day to make new things that we really want to happen in our lives was May 12? Or April 7? Or November 3? Or, or, or, OR what if it was any day?
Also, it might be interesting to check to see what our vibration (state of mind and body) was at the moment of making those promises to ourselves? Was it hope? Was it determination? Was it intention? Did we believe it was possible? [Obviously, Leslie, or I wouldn’t have made it!] Yes, but did you believe it was possible for you specifically? Believe it like there was no other alternative? Did you feel like of course it would happen? Turns out, that’s important. J
Just to name a few, Japanese, Swedish, American, and Russian scientists have all independently come to the same conclusion after exhaustive research. Their conclusion is this: That when an athlete (or anyone else for that matter) visualizes themselves in a new situation to the point of feeling the physical/emotional effects of already being there, the brain and the body align with that experience. Muscles build fibers that allow them to do things they were previously not trained to do and thoughts become inspiring. Excitement, enthusiasm, and joyful anticipation start to happen which allows that athlete (or anyone else for that matter) to perform in extraordinary ways. The mental, hormonal make up of the body literally follows the vision into fruition. Einstein: “Matter follows energy. Period.”
On May 6, 1954, without the benefit of this relatively recently settled science, Roger Bannister (against all odds, all predictions, and all things that we thought were possible for human beings) ran a mile in under four minutes. He did it, he says, by making it real (certain) in his mind and body ahead of time; In his imagination he felt that finish line tape on his chest as he broke it, saw himself glance at the clock which read: 03:59:04 before he ran. He saw himself on the cover of Sports Magazines, lighting the Olympic torch, receiving accolades for his accomplishment before he ran. He recalls that as he came to moments of fatigue, or doubt, his own body/mind would bring the energy of the vision into the forefront carrying him through. He didn’t just visualize. He “feelized” his dream. “I trained for less than three-quarters of an hour, maybe five days a week - I didn't have time to do more.”
Now, most of us probably didn’t take a moment to imagine and feel what our lives would look like if our resolution were already done. And we probably didn’t experience that feeling in every moment of our lives between the resolution and the realization like Roger did. But so what? How about now? What if right now, we put forth that extra tiny bit of effort to decide that what we want is actually possible for us? Ha! There’s a new twist on ‘make up your mind.’ Literally. Make it up in your mind. Let your body feel it.
Lucky for us, it’s moments that give us momentum. The willingness to feel the exhilaration and the excitement of our outcome fulfilled, in this moment of now, before there’s evidence for it, actually provides the energy, both internal and external that has it happen. (Pssst! Conversely, I've heard people say don’t get excited so you won’t be disappointed. But what kind of life is that!?!!? Especially since it is quite literally the joyous, eager anticipation that provides the energy that gets it done!)
You now have permission. Go ahead, get jacked up about your resolution. Take it from Roger. Imagine it with all your senses. It’s our super power! So what if it hasn’t turned out yet? Those tiny bits of imagination effort yield exponential results. Next time there’s a moment that isn’t the way you planned, expected, or intended it to be, your mind/body will remind you it’s already done. You’ll see it newly. You’ll see it as clarifying for you your original intent. That feeling of fatigue or “dang it” will catalyze your next move, your re-feelizing moment.