Dan Lippmann LCSW. Practical, Sustainable Happiness

A Six Year Old Girl Saved My Life – Creative Visualization

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My daughter, Elise, has always been a straight shooter, so I wasn’t too surprised when, at age six she conducted an intervention with me. At that time, I had already been suffering from osteoarthritis for ten years. I had chronic knee pain, was thirty pounds overweight, and hadn’t exercised in a decade. One Sunday while she was watching me struggle to put on my socks, she looked me straight in the eye and asked rather pointedly, “Are you going to be alive to dance with me at my wedding?”

After mumbling some reassuring words, I made the decision to save my own life. Day after day, I pictured myself looking fit and healthy and dancing with her at her wedding. This became my guided meditation. I also found a personal trainer and began followed a healthy eating plan; I quickly began feeling better. Sixteen years later, I now weigh the same as I did in high school and am physically active.

My daughter is twenty-two now and about to start medical school. She seems to be in no hurry to get married, so I think I’ll have to keep this healthy routine going for awhile. Now all I have to do is learn how to dance!

Do you need an intervention in your own life?

You, too, could start with a simple visualization.

Just follow these easy steps.

  • Choose a specific challenge in your life (meeting a deadline, saying no to a friend’s request).
  • Close your eyes and picture your challenging situation getting resolved in the best possible way.
  • Open your eyes and write down the scenario just as you imagined it. Use the present tense (as if it’s happening right now) and include as many positive details as you can. (I feel confident and energized. The words flow easily while I’m writing the proposal. I look up at the clock and see that barely any time has passed. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share my ideas with my team. Wow, I’m done way before the deadline.)
  • At least once a day, read your description. Then close your eyes and visualize it occurring. Allow yourself to feel what it’s like to have this situation go your way.

As you practice visualizing your desired outcome, you’ll gain confidence that you can determine the path your life takes.

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