Each of us has an image of who we are, and that image will be the greatest determining factor in our success or failure in every area of our lives.

Unfortunately, that image is primarily built by our failures, weaknesses, and disappointments. Why? Because your brain actually gives higher priority to negative experiences over positive ones. Yes, that humiliating experience you had when you were thirteen is stored in a part of the brain that is easier to access, and therefore easier to remember, than all the good things that happened to you. As long as a negative self-image controls your mind, you will never be truly successful.

However there are steps you can take to change that…

Visualization is a powerful tool to help create a positive and successful self image. That’s because the mind can’t tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. In fact, if you ever find yourself stuck, it’s possible that an old self-image has surfaced and your mind thinks it is real.

Use this simple 4-step process whenever you find yourself in a rut or in an unresourceful place.

Breathe: Begin by taking a couple of deep, full breaths. I know it can be hard to motivate yourself to do this when you are really stuck, especially when your body feels lethargic. But give it a try. You might be surprised by how a few simple breaths can shift your energy.
Assess: Take a moment to access the reality in which you currently find yourself. What are the circumstances? What are you telling yourself? How do you feel?
Opposites: Now imagine the polar opposite of the situation you are in. What might that look like, sound like, feel like?
Switch: Visualize yourself in that new situation. See yourself exactly the way you would like to be. Put yourself in that new reality in your mind’s eye. The more vividly you can imagine it, the more powerful it will be. Take as much time as you need with this.
It is useful to say the word “switch” when you step into the new reality in your mind’s eye. It will help you reinforce the new and let go of the old.

When you feel the old images are returning, repeat these important steps. With enough practice, you’ll soon replace those images of failure with images of success.

By doing this visualization exercise regularly you will destroy the thoughts that hold you back and you will be well on your way to living with Full Wattage!

Author's Bio: 

Excerpted from the book, Full Wattage! A Practical Guide to Living an Engaging and Purposeful Life Worth Celebrating by Liz Fletcher Brown. Get your free chapters as well as tips and tools to live a balanced, joy-filled life at http://www.FullWattage.com