Whether you’re trying to kick-start good habits or kick things up to the next level, consider a stop at your local library for a motivational book. Recent research into techniques that help us to “do better” underscores the power of positive self-talk and imagery. In the study, thousands of participants tested a variety of techniques designed to improve performance, and a few rose to the top, most notably talking to yourself in an encouraging way or visualizing yourself completing a task. The study found that focusing on outcome (having done the task) and process (doing the task) were equally helpful. The take-home message here? You can apply those techniques to exercise, nutrition, and stress management! Rather than berating yourself for not exercising, give yourself a positive pep talk: “I can get to the pool after work tomorrow, and it’s going to feel great.” Visualize yourself lacing up your sneakers and setting off for a walk, or shopping for fresh veggies and then preparing a nourishing meal.
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” Dalai Lama