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"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions." — Albert Einstein

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
— Albert Einstein

When it comes to health, or any aspect of life, many people find it hard to change, because they rely on ‘will power’. Then when they fail to make the change they lament that its all down to a lack of will power.

Nothing could be further for the truth though. We all have will power, lots of it, but most of us use it in the wrong way and direct it at the wrong target.

As the quote from Albert Einstein hints, all the greatest achievers in the world got there by using their imagination – by visualising what they wanted and imagining themselves as they would be, or doing the things they needed to do in order to get what they wanted.

Planning things in your imagination is the vital first stage, and you must repeatedly do it. It is also much, much easier than doing the real thing, but what it achieves over time is a change in your self image. When you have achieved the self image of someone who eats healthily, exercises and doesn’t smoke it is far easier to eat healthily, exercise and not smoke. If however you are a lazy, junk food eating smoker, and that is how you see
yourself it will take huge efforts to change.

There is another vital ingredient that needs to be added to your visualisation though before you can change your self image – and that is emotion. There are many ways to get your emotions charged up, and many emotions that can be positively used.

I highly recommend the book:

The emotion that is best, according to Dr Maxwell Maltz, is compassion.

Compassion is also that recommended in most religious texts, but the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in particular puts a lot of practice into eliciting compassion. Along with Dr Maltz’s Pscycho-Cybernetics I thoroughly recommend everyone reads The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

Quite a few patients have read this book after loosing a loved one and found its wisdom helpful, I was certainly glad I had read and practiced some of its techniques before my grandparents died.

So getting back to a positive note, get your compassion going, visualise yourself doing and behaving as you wish, add in some more emotion, and practice daily morning and night. This will help you change your self image, and you’ll find yourself changing without will power!

Let me know how you go.

Best of Health

Dr Chris

p.s. the link to the Psych-Cybernetics course again – Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
(I really do recommend this to

Written by Dr Chris Pickard

Published on 27 Feb 2010


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