You’ve all heard the expression “Fake it until you make it!” Now, tell me the truth, how many of you have gotten frustrated or anxious with this statement? If I’m being honest, there are many times where I simply wanted to say… well a bunch of bad words to the person who delivered this message. I mean, what the heck does this mean and how do we achieve this? In a single word, the answer is IMAGINATION.
Law #6 – Operating From Your Imagination
In Chapter 7 of Hoisington’s “If you Think You Can” he challenges us with this: “Make your goals as internally vivid as possible.” Here he could leave us to contemplate this statement; suggest you listen to Shakti Gawain’s CDs on Creative Visualization or read Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret” over and over, but thankfully he doesn’t. He supplies us with a map to follow in the form of these next questions. Let’s look at them in a little more depth, shall we?
1- What does “IT” look like?
For some, this seems like the hardest part, but it really isn’t. If you are having fun on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, or other visually oriented social media outlets, you probably fill your mind with images of things you would like to have… you may even be saving some of them on your desktops. These are the images you could print out and tape to your vision board, or wall. This is where you start to imagine what “IT” looks like. You may be asking how to visualize business success, more clients, more sales, etc? Well, create a spreadsheet of numbers you wish to achieve and put them up to stare at longingly. Yes, longingly! Feel for them! Desire them! Get that image so strong in your mind’s eye that you can’t image not having it! Imagine living with what you want. Imagine what people will say about you, now that you have this achievement. How does that feel?
2- What does “IT” feel like?
This is often a bigger challenge and may require you to dig deeper and possibly do a little journalling to get there. What feelings do you want to have? Happiness, relaxation, bliss, excitement, pleasure, etc… Think about what already gives you these feelings, write them down to get the feeling clear in your mind. This helps build your “Why”. Why do you want a fancy car, a big home by the sea, more money? What are you going to do with these? Who are you going to share them with? How does that feel? Yes, this is all about lighting the fire under you! Getting to want these feeling so bad, that you will fight to achieve your goals with unequalled passion. Emotions trigger motions. By associating emotions with the actions you must take, you add heat to your fire, and you will achieve your goals.
3- How did you achieve it – as if you already had it? & 4- What steps did you take that led to success?”
These challenging questions requires more thought, and imagination. You are now thinking backwards, not forwards. I suggest you consider something you have done recently that was successful. Pick the smallest success first and then gradually build the tasks up. How did you make breakfast this morning? Write the process down. Keep thinking of other things you’ve accomplished and write down the road you took to success. This will also build your self-esteem, self-respect, and gratitude. Finish this practice with a cover-all affirmation: “Look, I did IT before, so I can do IT again!” This will concretize for you the famous quote by Charles F. Kettering: “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”
Hoisington cautions us that “We must be careful what we allow to take shape in our minds. Anything that is continually repeated or imagined will eventually be accepted as your personal truth and reality.” So, build up the positive imagery in your mind by returning to the successes in your life and it will turn your imagination towards a habit of success. On a final note, always remember that the imagination is limitless and I believe it will always want to reach farther and farther. Let it, what have you got to lose? Imagine all that you could potentially gain. And just like it is brilliantly illustrated in Nick Vance’s Article this week, you can always stretch a little farther. In fact, the imagination is all about stretching your limits, isn’t it?
Today, where you will begin operating from your imagination to improve which specific area of your performance?
Wishing you a tremendous week!