Welcome to the 2nd Podcast on Success Principles.
Our mind has several higher faculties – these include reason, will, perception, intuition, memory and the one I’m going to talk about today – IMAGINATION.
Of course depending on how you use these higher faculties, determines what you think about and therefore bring about.
Imagination for me is one of the most powerful and possible the first faculty you need to learn to work with and harness the power of.
In fact, Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”
Close your eyes for a minute and imagine yourself lying on a beautiful sandy beach, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, hear the waves gently lapping the shore line. Now add in the action of your choice – perhaps your children are building sandcastles, or you’re about to swim in the ocean.
You can spend as little or as much time on that beach using your imagination.
I think sometimes we forget we are creative beings. We get to run movies in our head of pain or pleasure. Of things working out for us or against us.
Of course we can delegate this faculty to others. When we read the news or listen to others they’re giving us a narrative, a stream of instructions that we imagineer in our heads. Just like I gave you the instructions to see yourself on a beach.
We need to pay attention to what movies we run.
Amazon and Netflix recommends other movies based on movies you’ve watched (and liked). Our mind does the same thing. We imagine relaxing on a beach and then our mind goes ooh what other holidays can we imagine (or recall) and what other ways of relaxing are there.
All good stuff.
And the mind doesn’t discriminate – you run a movie of giving a presentation for a job and it being a flop and then your mind goes, how else could we be a flop, be rejected, make a complete nit of ourselves. Or when else have we made a mistake, been rejected, or made a fool of ourselves.
And down the rabbit hole we go.
Now I said that what we think about we bring about.
Which is true, and there are a few additions to that.
The power of repetition
Firstly we have to repeatedly think about it – and as I’ve said the mind is like Netflix, so we don’t have to repeatedly think about the same beach scene, variations on a theme are repetition enough.
We also have to feel it. Now if you run the movie of the beach scene for a couple of mins you’ll feel more relaxed, happy, peaceful etc – unless of course you have a real dislike for the beach, all those grains of sand getting everywhere, in which case you might notice you’re increased frustration or annoyance as you continue to imagine yourself there.
What does it mean to use Imagination as a success principle?
By running a movie of you experiencing success in something regularly, with feeling, you’ll begin to build a bridge between what’s currently going on for you and what you wish were going on for you.
You’re impressing your goal on to your subconscious mind.
Your unconscious mind will now be on the look out for any opportunities to get to you your goal. I.e. the thing you’ve been imagining and thinking about. And so when anything that is a fit and a match to the map of you getting from A to G, your unconscious mind will seize upon it.
And some of these actions that you take will be outside of your conscious awareness.
Let me illustrate. Have you ever given someone a compliment about something they’ve just done and they said nothing. A little later on they’re telling someone else about the event and highlighting all the things that went wrong. No mention of your positive feedback. Their unconscious view of what happened / the global narrative they have of themselves is what they’re sharing.
Now if their goal was to be an amazing presenter and they’d been imagining that. And you’d given them the same compliment. Then when they’d been sharing the event, whilst they may still have told the person what went wrong, they would have also included your feedback and compliment.
We operate about 97% unconsciously and 3% consciously.
Which is a slightly scary statistic. Especially when you’re driving down the road.
It also highlights the power of using your imagination, wisely. You’re consciously directing your unconscious to be momentarily aware of what you’d like to experience. One run of the movie isn’t going to make too much of an impression. And so nothing will change. Which is a relief, because we no longer need to panic if we’ve just used our imagination to see ourselves falling over whilst walking to the podium, to present our finest work to an audience that have come equipped with bags of soft ripe tomatoes, and by the way their aim is excellent. However, let’s say you do this daily for 60 seconds. Now that is going to register in your unconscious. You might even find yourself avoiding the tomatoes in the supermarket. 😊
Let me leave you with this final quote by Stephen R Covey
“Live out of your imagination, not your history”
Other Resources to help you get better with your imagination
And it’s also something we can work on together creating a compelling vision and being totally confident that you’ll get there.