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Visualize the Best Version of You

By Jackie Chavez, AMFT


Man starting at computer screen with expression of concern. When we're gripped by negative self-talk at work, it can freeze us in our tracks.

Do you find yourself looking up to someone or thinking “I wish I could be…” The good news is the power of visualization can help you reach these goals.


Here’s how the skill works. Imagine yourself as the best future version of you and answer the following questions:

  • What does my morning routine look like?

  • How do I speak to myself?

  • What boundaries do I set?

  • What inspires me?

  • What kind of people do I surround myself with?

  • What influences me?

After taking some time to reflect on these questions, think about how you are incorporating these responses into your daily life. For example, if the best version of me is someone who values self-care, I need to think about how I’m taking care of myself. Am I starting my day as needed, am I setting appropriate boundaries with others, am I asking for help when needed, etc?


When working through this exercise, we can feel overwhelmed by the information and begin to panic. For example, “Oh no, I do none of these things. I need to change my whole life!”


It’s important to see the information as positive/valuable and know that change takes time and practice! My suggestion is to start small (e.g., wake up 10 minutes earlier to do a meditation/ whatever works best for YOU) and continue to add habits over time.


The power of taking the time to visualize and implement habits that serve us can be such a powerful tool. Start with what feels comfortable and, I promise, your future self will thank you later!


 

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Artesian Collaborative is a mental health practice based in Chicago. We excel at guiding individuals and teams through tense and difficult topics - and helping them feel good about it.


Our therapists provide mental health counseling for individuals, couples, and families. Our team also leads corporate and community trainings in the areas of Stress Management, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, and Relational Leadership.



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