I saw a technique on UK TV recently that I thought would be worth passing on to you. It is a technique for feeling better about yourself, your self esteem and your success. Whatever area of your life that you would like to bring up to a better emotional state can be done successfully by using this technique.

Imagine on the floor in front of you a large golden hoop. Now imagine all the good times when you have had success or have felt in control and enjoying your life. Think of each incidence with feeling and then mentally place that time into your golden hoop.

The type of instances that you imagine can be related to any area of your life that you would like to improve. For instance it could be used for losing weight as easily as for lifting up your self-esteem. You can imagine all the times you have been successful in choosing healthy food or a time when you have enjoyed some fun exercise. Imagine these times with the associated emotions and place them mentally into the hoop.

When you have completed this task I want you to imagine that the golden hoop starts to grow smaller and smaller. When it is as small as the circumference of your wrist I want you to mentally reach down, pick it up and place the golden bracelet on your wrist.

The imaginary bracelet now becomes an anchor point for the good and successful thoughts and emotions that you have mentally placed into it. When you need to remind yourself of those successful times in your life, simply touch and hold the imaginary bracelet and the action will bring those instances to life in your mind. You can use those times to help you to lift your mood in your present moment. Try it and see if it works for you.

Planning the future by looking back on your Life

Here is another useful exercise for you to try. Imagine that you are sitting you a rocking chair and you are eighty years old. Get into the part by sitting in a chair and perhaps hunching over, imagine a warm blanket around your shoulders and try to feel how you think you would feel if you were eighty years old.

Now imagine that you are thinking back on your life. What were your achievements and successes? Were there any parts of your life where you felt that you could have done better? What joy or pain did your relationships bring you? Did you have a happy and enjoyable life up until this point?

By asking yourself these questions about the imaginary past eighty years you have lived on this planet, you will begin to form an idea of what direction and accomplishments you want to be able to look back on, when you are in fact eighty years old.

When you put yourself in the future in this way it enables you to see an overview of how you would like your life to be lived. It is different than setting one, two or five year goals. It is bringing to your mind the things that will feel most important to you when you are nearing the end of your time here.

Will your work be of the utmost importance? Or will having wonderful children and grandchildren and friends that appreciate and love you be more important? What contribution will you have made to society? How many moments of joy or pain have you felt? Have you lived every minute to the full or are there large chunks of time that you have barely existed? Wasted days, maybe weeks or even years?

Taking time to ponder what your life will look and feel like at eighty years old can be an eye-opening experience. It can help you to focus on a more meaningful life. It can encourage you to smell the roses and kick back a little, or conversely it can be the catalyst to move you to more action.

The experience will be different for each one of you. Try it and see what new directions and insights will arise to move you to a happier and more satisfying existence.

Written by Christine Sherborne - For more articles like this visit her web site http://www.colourstory.com

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Author's Bio: 

Christine, is a successful businesswoman with more than twenty five years experience, having owned and run businesses both in New Zealand and the UK, and now in Australia.

She was awarded ‘Auckland Business Woman of the Year’, in 1996, for the remarkable and rapid growth, and success of her packaging company.

Christine originally trained in Art and Design, and later achieved a Diploma in Sales and Marketing. She has used her natural business talents and creative flair to develop innovative and successful business ventures as diverse as packaging, importing, computer sales and manufacturing.

Christine has travelled widely, sourcing product, suppliers, customers and manufacturers for her businesses, giving her a natural empathy, enabling her to negotiate and communicate with a diverse range of nationalities and peoples with confidence.

Being a naturally positive person, she has long been interested in self-help and motivation, and she is widely read in these subjects, using the knowledge gained to help to progress her various business interests.

In her personal life she has experienced major life traumas which have taught her many valuable lessons. Those experiences and how she coped with them, overcame them and restored joy and happiness into her own life, prompted her to write a series of inspirational self-help CDs to help others who may be going through similar traumas.