What is a ‘Mind-Movie’?
A mind movie is a personalized way for you to re-wire your brain in any way you wish. Later in this article I’ll give you a link to a free piece of software that will quickly allow you create your own.
Are you aware of the saying,”
“You must BE something before you can HAVE something“
It’s true. In order to be successful in any endeavor you must become like those who are already successful in that field. Let’s take the overweight person who wants a rock hard body and six pack abs.
So long as they still think of themselves as a fat person they will severely impede their progress. They’ll:
* Lose enthusiasm after a short while
* Be tempted to cheat on their diet (because that’s who they are)
* Be more likely to skip a workout when they don’t feel like doing it
* Rationalize failure because they say, “This is just the way I am“.
It is NOT just the way you are; it’s the way you’ve thought yourself to be and you can choose differently.
How Do I Become A Different Type of Person?
To become the type of person who already has what it is you want, you need to change how you see yourself at a subconscious level. One great way is to create a mind movie of how exactly you want your life to be.
As you watch your mind movie over and over again, your repeatedly suggest to the subconscious mind that this is your new present reality; new neural pathways will be made in your brain. When the overweight individual begins to identify more with the slim version of themselves than what he or she sees in the mirror, they’ll move towards their goal on autopilot without fear or doubt.
What Is A Mind Movie?
A mind movie is simply a slide show presentation of images with accompanying positive affirmations. You can also add motivating background music. It may sound simple but I promise it’s very powerful!
You select the pics you like from around the web, create some empowering statements and pick the music of your choice. From there all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the show. You will be programming yourself in new, exciting and empowering ways!
How To Create a Mind Movie?
Take a look at the goals you have for your body and think of images that might inspire you to achieve them. If you want six pack abs go to google image search and find some pics there that motivate the socks off you. Get all the pictures you love and save them onto your hard drive.
Open Photo Story, it will look like this:
Select ‘Begin a new story‘ and hit ‘Next‘
Click on ‘Import Pictures’ and select all the pictures you have saved on your hard drive that motivate you towards your goals.
After this click ‘Next‘ again and type in the powerful affirmations you want to overlay the pictures with. For example, ‘I Look Great!‘ when your ripped abs appear, or ‘I Feel Powerfully Confident With My New Body‘ when you see a picture of the more muscular body that you want. Please note that it is important to word these statements in the present tense as if they’ve already occurred. You are training yourself to see this as your present reality, not a future one – this is important.
After you have typed your affirmations hit ‘Next‘. You now have the option to narrate the slide show yourself. It may be useful to hear yourself state the affirmation as the movie plays but it isn’t necessary. Click ‘Next‘ again.
On this screen click ‘Select Music’ and select the motivational music of your preference from your hard drive. Hit ‘Next‘ when done.
Then just pick a location on your computer in which to save this preview of your new life! 🙂
When you hit ‘Next‘ at this stage the program will build your story and the following screen will give you the option of watching it. There you go, you’re all set!
I recommend that you watch your movie twice a day or more if you feel you have the time, but never to the extent that it becomes a chore. Prepare to be dazzled! I just love this little shot of excitement in the mornings and evenings.
P.S. The guy at the top of this post is Nick Auger in case you want to search for more pics of him.
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I wanna see ‘your’ mind movie Mark! I looked for Nick Auger but there ain’t many pictures of him.
If you have a Mac and MS Office or (I think) Open Office, you can do the same in the powerpoint presentation program, just set the slide transition option to a specific seconds amount and the slides will automatically change for you. I
@ Thanks for the info Christy.
@ Nguyen. Ah some things must remain private lol 😉 I have more than my fitness and body goals in there.
To get ideas though just go to youtube and type in ‘mind movie’ to check out other people’s.
🙂 Fair enough. That didn’t trick you then. I’ll try to make up something on the weekend and post it up.
Cool Nguyen, I’d love to see it. Keep me posted.
i read the same thing as this in some books. anthony robbins calls it NLP (neuro linguistic programming). he wrote a great line of books. u guys might want to check it out
This is a great idea and visualization is used extensively in NLP and hypnosis as Irwan says.
One thing I’d like to offer is the idea of investigating other timing. Many times you hear in NLP that the reason affirmations are less effective than we hope is because when the affirmation is phrased in the present tense, the unconscious mind is able to detect the incongruity between “have” and “want” and reject the “want.”
On the other hand, if the affirmation is placed into the future, particularly in a way that shows movement and progress, it will be much better received. For example, “I am becoming a person builds muscle and burns fat. I will be 12% body fat and 170 pounds of lean muscle.”
I like to envision a deck of playing cards. The top card is “now” and the bottom card is “then” or “the goal” and each card farther into the deck is closer to the goal and farther from now. I imagine floating above my timeline (or a calendar) and I insert one of those cards off the top the the deck into my timeline, moving farther away from now until I reach my goal date.
Have fun 😉
Yeah there’s conflicting advice and I hear different things from different people.
When I visualize, I do it in the present tense. I’m conditioning myself to believe this as a present reality, in my mind it’s real.
For written goals, I think the subconscious BS meter can go into overdrive for some people when written in the present tense. A goal written with a future date that states some action towards that goal is very effective, think Napoleon Hill’s ‘Definite Chief Aim.’
Thanks for your input,
Thanks for the great post!
You can use both present and future tense. It is all in how you word it. I prefer present tense myself. However, I think it is more important to try to phrase things in the positive, or as in taking a positive action.
Here are the kinds of things I like to use:
“I am lean, healthy, and fit.”
“I am becoming leaner, healthier, and more fit every day.”
“I eat good, clean, healthy food.”
“I eat properly every day, always work hard in the gym, and get plenty of rest every night.”
“My body is strong and getting stronger with every workout.”
“Every day I am taking the proper steps to achieve my goal”
It is also good to have some specific goals down too (actually a must IMO), such as:
“On September 5th, 2008 I will weigh 220 pounds at 8% body fat”
“On September 5th, 2008 I will bench press 400 pounds.”
GREAT suggestion here! so easy and takes all the technical crap out of the way so within minutes you are creating and watching a high quality output of all your images and affirmations. thank you for streamlining the process and making it so easy to be watching our mind movies
great. this sounds like some nlp/self hypnosis techniques, and i do believe it works!
Thanks so much for this post it is very helpful. Do you know if it’s possible to add the video on your ipod or cell phone?
Yes I think it’s possible. Enjoy it!
Thank you so much for the info! I was able to make my mind movie in a few minutes. This is so cool. I really appreciate the tip!
Ah Lorraine, your gratitude alone will take you far!