“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
– Albert Einstein
When the man who has been described as one of the most brilliant minds of human history makes that kind of a statement about the power of imagination, we should really pay some serious attention.
What is so unique and potent about the human imagination? As Einstein explains, it is the preview. Before anything manifested into reality, it began in the mind.
The lightbulb was realized in the mind of Edison before it was materialized, Apple computers lived in the minds of Jobs and Wozniak before they dominated the world. The epic Lord of the Rings started in the mind of J.K Rowling before words took them onto paper and then cinematography turned it into a blockbuster.
Whatever it is you desire to accomplish in life, there is so much power contained in the imagination and visualization of that dream. The more you are able to play the dream out in your mind, the more energy you will feed it. That passion and energy fed to the dream will build the momentum needed to keep it from being a mere dream and becoming a powerful reality.
Before writing all this off as crazy talk, perhaps you will not mind being called crazy after you hear about actor Jim Carrey sitting on Mulholland Drive long before he became the Hollywood star that he is. He would sit there and picture himself being the megastar that he desired to become. He even went as far as writing himself a ten million dollar check and dated it five years from that day.
Can you guess what happened five years from then? That’s right, he got a ten million dollar deal for the movie Dumb and Dumber.
It is not only actors that employ the power of imagination and visualization, athletes mentally run through their tasks, visualizing success in whatever it is they need to engage in- that perfect golf shot, tennis swing, knock out punch, free-throw or three-point shot. Before anything manifests itself in the material world, it comes alive in the mind through your imagination and visualization.
If you have not already begun to implement the power of your imagination and visualization to achieve your goals, here are 7 ways to get you started:
1. Practice makes perfect
Make it a daily habit. Whether it is in the morning when you wake up to have your coffee or at night before you nod off to sleep, or both. Spend some time running through every stage of your dream right down to the smallest of details. Be sure you see yourself succeeding in it, not only the process and the journey, but the arrival and accomplishment of the dream. See yourself with arms stretched out in victory!
2. Write out your dream
The process of writing something down by its very nature causes you to engage your mind and think through what you are writing down. It will also help you to slow down and really process things through instead of just rushing through it all.
3. Tell Someone
Share your dream with some people that you are comfortable with. This will not only help in building a support group to encourage you, but will force you to be clear as you work on explaining your dream to another person. The better you are able to vocalize and convey your dream to another person, the clearer you are able to understand it yourself. Clarity builds confidence. Confidence gives you direction.
4. Create a Dream Board
Gather together photos, images, picture quotes, hand-written notes, everything that relates to your dream. Stick them on your wall, on your desk, or get a cork board to pin them on. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you are constantly being exposed to it, viewing the pictures and being continually reminded and inspired.
5. Break your dream up into small scenes
This is the first step in taking action on your dream and making things practical. Just like scenes in a movie this will help you figure out your plan of action- what are the little steps you can take to put wheels on the dream. The idea is called reverse-engineering, start with the goal in mind and figure out what the steps need to look like to reach that goal.
6. Involve all your senses
Make your visions as vivid as possible! Let the crowd roar in applause! Let the smells and fragrances hit you like a bunch of roses. Let the wind blow through your hair and hold onto your seat like you are flying. Play the images out as if they are real because they will inevitably become real.
7. Start walking the talking
Begin to live as if you have succeeded. Talk like the success that you desire to become. Start walking taller and presenting yourself more confidently and charismatically. There is much truth to the old adage “fake it till you make it.” Set the patterns into place for which you will soon live out.
On a finishing note, let the words of buddha ring loud and inspire your imagination to run wild!
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.”
Thai Nguyen is the founder of www.wantrepreneurjourney.com The site dedicating to inspiring millions to break free from the mundane life and begin to live their dreams. Thai is a professional chef, international athlete, writer, and speaker who is passionate about seeing lives transformed. Visit his site & connect on Facebook!
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