The Power of Imagination

We think in pictures! If I say ‘tiger’, what happens? Do you see the word or the animal? I have asked my blind friend if he thinks in pictures. At first he was very surprised when I asked him. He then confirmed that he really did think in pictures.

How can this knowledge be useful? How can we take advantage of this fact in our life? Many books describe how imagination can be extremely supportive. Our body reacts much stronger to the vivid imagination than to a command. The way we see ourselves in our imagination is important to the way we live our lives.

Artistotle said that we cannot think without a picture. If I asked you how many windows you have in your house, you would straight away make a picture of them and count them. A well-managed life-dream starts with a picture. We can dream of being rich without actually seeing how rich. This is not a dream, however, it is fantasising. If you are unable to picture it, it is wishful thinking.

A couple of years ago I prepared for an exam. I visualised how I would perform. I also heard and saw the examiner say to me at the end of my demonstration that my presentation was very good. It did happen exactly as I had imagined it. This reminds me of the millionaire’s mindset described in Paul McKenna’s book “Change your life in 7 days”. When Paul decided to shift from poverty to wealth, he began opening his bills and vividly imagine that he had thousands in the bank, far more than needed for the bills.

He also cut up an old bank statement and removed the word ‘overdrawn’. He rearranged the figures until they showed thousands in credit. Paul also wrote out cheques for hundreds and thousands of dollars until he felt comfortable about doing it. It was now easy for him to “see himself” as a wealthy person.

Within a few months the imaginary amount on Paul’s bank statement had become a reality. From then on he collected pictures of things he wanted and placed them in a scrapbook. – Create your own scrapbook. When looking through the book, practise adding feelings to the goals. If it is a house, walk around it in your mind; notice the feeling of the carpet etc. Rehearse the sensory experience of your goals just like an actor rehearses his part.

Visualisation is also used in the health professions. One student told me that a friend of hers wanted to release weight. A photo was taken and printed. The next step was to cut off what was ‘too much’ and she now had the end-result image to focus on.

As you think – so you are. As you imagine – so you become.

Buddha said, “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

Albert Einstein said, “Your imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Success comes from managed thinking. I wish you a lot of managed thinking.

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