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365 Ways to Start Over: Day #19 – Feature Presentation Staring You!

This is an exercise that will build confidence and bring about the feeling of success.

“You’re the Star” Exercise:

Today you are going to a virtual movie where you are the star. Outside the box office are posters of you with your name in lights on the marquis. Get comfortable in your seat. This feature presentation highlights you three years from now in a leading role as the success that you know you will be. It may not be clear exactly what you are doing but notice every detail about yourself in this film – the expression on your face, the light in your eyes, your posture, the way you speak to people, the clothes you wear, how you describe what it is like to be where you are. Enjoy the peace and fulfillment you emulate in this role. Now float out of your seat and into the successful you on the screen. Experience the world in this future self. See through your eyes. Hear through your ears. Feel what it is like to live fulfilled. What are you saying? What does it smell like there? Make what you see brighter. Make what you hear louder. Make what you feel more intense. Notice where this overall feeling of joy rests in your body. Now float back to your seat with that feeling. Revel in it for a few minutes.

There are certainly times in life when you doubt yourself, are fearful, anxious or feel a general sense of ineffectiveness. At these times bad memoires or negative images come alive in your mind with the vividness of Technicolor. Counter those by pulling out the “You’re the Star” exercise and re-run it in the DVD of your mind. Allow yourself to experience all the sensations of success. You are the star!

Get Mary Lee’s articles “Feel the Fear – How to Build Self Confidence” and “Anxiety is Practicing Failure in Advance – Eliminate It!” on her website Articles and Tip Sheets page.

Mary Lee Gannon is the president of Gannon Group – an executive coaching and consulting firm that produces higher individual and organizational performance through Executive Leadership Coaching, Fundraising Coaching, Organizational Development, Board Retreats, Visioning, and Planning. Mary Lee’s personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where within a short time she worked up to the level of CEO. Her book “Starting Over – 25 Rules for When You’ve Bottomed Out” is available in bookstores or at Amazon. Get her FREE ebook – “Grow Productivity – A Leader’s Toolbox” on her web site at www.StartingOverNow.com.