Believe it or not, your body hears everything your mind says.
Have you ever been told by a coach or teacher to imagine yourself winning first place? Have you ever sat and imagined the best possible outcome, and then it actually comes true? Your mind is so powerful, and your body reacts to every little thing your mind believes.
For instance, when you were little, do you remember asking an adult to “kiss it better” when you got hurt? The second the adult did, the pain was gone. Your mind believed that all you needed was a kiss to be okay and as it turns out, that really is all you needed!
A professor at the University of Chicago did a study on visualization. He split people into three groups and tested how many free throws they could make with a basketball.
After the original testing, he had the first group practice free throws every day for an hour, the second group visualize themselves making free throws, and the third group do nothing.
After 30 days, he tested them again. The first group improved by 24%, the second group improved by 23% (keep in mind they didn’t touch a basketball during those 30 days), and the third group did not improve at all.
This test shows us just how powerful our minds are. When we visualize something and believe we can accomplish our goal, the sky is the limit. You can do anything you put your mind to!
This theory that your body believes what your mind tells it to has been proven time and time again throughout history. When it comes to becoming the healthiest version of yourself, you first need to believe that you are on the path to becoming the healthiest version of yourself. You need to believe that you are strong, capable, and deserve optimal health. You need to believe you deserve the best results, and that you are going to reach the best goals. When you believe in yourself you allow yourself the chance to do amazing things!
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Your body hears everything your mind says! Tell yourself you can run one more mile. Tell yourself you can stand strong and eat healthy one more day. Tell yourself you can make it to the gym in the morning. Tell yourself you look amazing, feel amazing, and are amazing! If you believe it you will achieve it.
For more information on the University of Chicago study look here.