Yes. The picture of that funny cat from the internetz IS hilarious, but why don’t you change your background to something that will actually HELP you be a better version of yourself?
Pick something that is personally appealing. Pick something that will inspire you to close your MacBook and go walk the dog. Pick someone who has the body you want to have (But make it healthy and realistic, please.)
Why not put something up on your desktop (and phone) background that will, with one glance, inspire you to make a positive choice about the rest of your day? I think it’s a no-brainer. (And it is! Well, subconsciously.)
There are two reasons that visualization techniques work:
- Subconscious Realization of Potentiality (hippie.)
- Simple Conscious Motivation (non-hippie.)
Let’s talk about #1.
Jon Gabriel, author of The Gabriel Method, is an expert on fat storage and the real causes of obesity. He is living proof that body visualization works.
Jon weighed 400 pounds until he decided to picture his future self in a different way. This is what he looked like before, during, and after his transformation. No surgery. No crash dieting. In fact, he didn’t diet. He just used visualizations and stopped making bad choices.
Gabriel’s explanation of using pictures to make the animal part of your brain understand what you want has stuck with me since I first read his book:
Just as you can use pictures to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak your language, you can use pictures- in the form of visualization- to communicate with your brain. Imagine you’re in a foreign country, where you don’t speak the language, and you need to do something basic, such as going to the toilet. You try asking someone where it is, but they don’t understand you… the obvious thing is to get a piece of paper and a pen, and draw a picture of a toilet.
The moment you show the picture to a friendly local, you’ve made your point… Symbols and pictures are the universal language that everyone understands.
It’s no different communicating to your own body. If you create a visual image of a thinner version of you, your brain will understand and work to make it happen. That is why visualization works so well. When you create a visual image of exactly how you want to look, you’re basically programming yourself to look that way. You’re talking to your unconscious mind and your animal brain.
Now, if Mr. Gabriel isn’t a good enough example for you to trust, let’s look at what world-renowned visualization expert Deepak Chopra has to offer (taken from The Chopra Center):
The source of all creation is pure consciousness . . . pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And when we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in nature.
Here’s what it boils down to: the image of how you want to look is your intention. That intention can become manifest through visualization techniques and meditation. You can create the body of your dreams. You manifest your intention.
I personally believe in visualization and meditation (Well, once something has been scientifically proven to work, I tend to say, “Ok. Sure.”) However, if you’re not buying it… no problem. That’s why there is reason #2, simple motivation.
It’s just a catalyst for you to get off your booty and make a healthy choice. Maybe as you are switching Safari windows from reading strange Alec Baldwin quotes to get your daily fix of BuzzFeed, you’ll catch a glimpse of a fabulously inspirational background image that will make you get up and do 100 jumping jacks. You can still view “The 33 Most Important Bunny GIFs on the Internet,” but you’ve just killed some calories beforehand.
Whatever your reasoning, here are some of my favorites. (These are all from Google image search. Try it, and find ones you like!)
A group of fierce ladies who look like they are kicking butt on a consistent basis? Yup. Rock.
This is the one I currently have. I’ll see a different word every time, and it will inspire me to do something positive with that word.
This was created by a fitness coach, and it is personal to her. I think it’s a brilliant idea to make your own, so it speaks directly to you. Or you could just steal hers.
Another personal one created by the aforementioned personal trainer.
This one is GREAT because it shows Kathrine Switzer infiltrating the all-male 1967 Boston Marathon. Yes, that’s a race official trying to physically push her off course. He didn’t succeed. She did. If seeing a woman fight for her right to run a marathon doesn’t inspire you to take a light jog, I don’t know what will.
Sometimes I pretend I’m getting chased by a velociraptor or zombies. Whatever, it works!
What is YOUR background image? Is it there for a laugh or for inspiration? Leave a comment on why you think this works or why you think it’s total malarkey.