From a young age I was a big fan of Lewis Carroll. Indeed, I was delighted to receive “The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll“, a huge tome of a book, from my parents when I was eight years old. Yes, just 8. I loved reading it, even if I couldn’t quite grasp the concept of the “frumious bandersnatch” in Jabberwocky at that time in my life. Undeterred, I memorised all 140 verses of his famous Phantasmagoria poem a few months later. What, might you ask, does all this have to do with raw food? It brings me neatly on to a section of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the part in which she meets the Cheshire Cat.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the cat.
“I don’t much care where…” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the cat.
Does this sound at all familiar? Are you focusing with laser-like clarity on your vision of what your diet and lifestyle will be in the future, and exactly which benefits you are going to enjoy as a result, and by when? Or are you drifting around, dare I say a little aimlessly, like Alice seemed to be in this encounter? What is your vision for your diet and lifestyle? Do you have one? And how will you feel when you have achieved it?
Let’s conjure up an example – say you want to enjoy an 80% raw plant-based diet because it will make you feel amazing, give you clear skin, boundless energy, the body of your dreams etc. All of those outcomes, when you aim for them, must be stated and written down, in the positive. Where focus goes, energy flows. If instead you focus on the downsides of not adopting a high-vibrancy plant-based diet, for example to no longer experience excess weight, spotty skin or poor digestion, then you’ll be likely to attract more of the same. The focus of having, for example, low energy, poor digestion or absence of a slim and fit body emphasises a feeling of lack. Focusing on not wanting these things makes you have to think about them. It’s kind of a backwards way of doing things.
In order to make your goal compelling (whether that be a body/health/lifestyle specific goal or otherwise), you have to be able to see, hear and feel what it will be like to have it. Focus on the ‘why’, rather than initially on the ‘how’, because the ‘how’ part might feel overwhelming at first.
Giving attention to how you are going to feel when you have achieved your goal will shift your mind towards the resources you need to achieve it. So, once you are clear on what you want to achieve (let’s say, for example a health or fitness goal), sit quietly in a comfortable place and think about how that outcome feels. Does it have a shape? A specific colour? A temperature? What is in your environment when you think about it? Who is there with you? What are you saying to yourself? Once you have formed this vision you can make it louder, brighter, bigger. Go deep and really feel it. A great big positive visualisation which, at the very least, fills the whole room that you are in.
When you emerge from this experience, write about it, and make your writing in the present tense, as if it is all happening right now, giving yourself clarity and direction. Your subconscious mind, which cannot differentiate between real and imagined, needs to get familiar with your goal, so that your mind can accept it as something real that actually exists (and can therefore become reality).
As a friend once told me:
“Whatever the vision of your future, your subconscious believes it to be true and it will focus on and (almost unknowingly to you) shape your behaviour and nudge you to take inspired action to reach your goal.”
And as I tell my clients, make three positive changes or adopt three new healthy habits every month, and within a year you will have turned your life around. Small positive steps, performed consistently, bring the biggest benefits. Imagine it and make it yours.