In the January 8 What’s Up, USANA?, a blog post from Ravinder Lilly, a USANA Australia New Zealand writer and dietitian, offers some terrific advice for using anticipation and the power of suggestion on yourself to set and achieve goals. While the post is generally presented in the context of weight loss and health, the advice is useful in other aspects of your personal – and professional – life, as well:
Thinking positively about something really might make it happen, psychologists say. So, if you’re thinking about committing to the RESET™ Challenge or some other goal, read on!
Anticipating something that you want appears to gear up circuits in the brain, which if you encourage by keeping your goals at the top of your consciousness, can help you achieve your intentions.
Psychologists Maryanne Garry and Robert Michael from New Zealand’s Victoria University worked with Harvard University’s Irving Kirsch to determine the effects of positive thinking. Pooling their research and knowledge, they found that anticipating something positive can be as powerful as the power of suggestion established by a skilled hypnotist.
“Once we anticipate a specific outcome will occur our subsequent thoughts and behaviors will actually help to bring that outcome to fruition,” Garry says. Speaking about their ongoing research, she added: “We realized that the effects of suggestion are wider and often more surprising than many people might otherwise think.”
It can’t do the work for you, but the effects of suggestion are extremely powerful — they really can change behaviors and even outcomes. “If we can harness the power of suggestion, we can improve people’s lives,” Garry says.
So, are you ready to anticipate something good?