Do you ever wonder how some people consistently get what they want out of life and manage to stay on top? They seem to get the best jobs, the best raises, all the recognition — the best life has to offer.
What if you could take advantage of a very powerful, built-in technology to reach your most cherished goals? What if, by taking advantage of this gift and practicing a simple technique, you could boost your success and start getting the things out of life you desire. You can.
By divine design, you possess a tremendous power-tool. This tool can make the difference between you achieving unbelievable success or being an unrecognized underachiever. You can use this tool to obtain things you desire or to advance your career. What is this great technology and how can you use it to your advantage? Let’s take a look.
How Does This Mysterious Technology Work?
When you were born, your creator endowed you with mental ‘movie theater technology’. This mysterious gift allows you to show yourself a movie clip of what you want to create or accomplish. This technology also serves as a private workshop within your mind allowing you to create, solve problems, anticipate, navigate and understand the world around you. It enables you to preview and execute the simplest to the most complex plans.
When you create a physical thing, you always do it twice – first in your imagination, then in reality. This two-step process is so natural that you are often unaware of it. Used frequently, skillfully and with purpose, you can direct your imagination to help you create almost anything or to achieve your most cherished goals.
If you shave in the morning, you create a ‘movie clip’ of the steps to get this accomplished. You imagine getting up, walking into the bathroom, turning on the light, running water, picking up the razor and shaving cream, lathering, then shaving. You are able to produce this internal ‘movie clip’ in a nanosecond and then execute it flawlessly in the real world.
You are constantly imagining ahead, creating movies of what you will do next. You can think a few minutes, a few weeks or even a few decades ahead. You can also use your imagination to think thousands of years ahead, imagining places, things and creatures that don’t exist. If you’ve ever seen an episode of Star Trek and witnessed the operation of a ‘holodeck’ or transporter system, these are all things that don’t exist anywhere but in the imagination.
Putting Your Technology Into Action
You get to decide what you want to create or achieve with this powerful technology. If you can visualize what you want in minute detail, this image can serve as a blueprint for carrying out your desires or choices. Here are a couple of the many ways you can use your imagination:
Let’s say your goal is to acquire a certain car. You can imagine just the car you want, perhaps a new Volvo. You can imagine the color of that car, the new car smell, the windshield, the tires, the trunk, the radio— all the features you’d like that car to have. You can also imagine when you would like to obtain the car.
The next step is to imagine how you will acquire the car. You could imagine going to work, working diligently, saving ten percent of your salary for three years, and then purchasing the car. Alternatively, you could see yourself taking money from your savings account to make a down payment on the car, and then financing the balance over four years by getting a bank loan. You can visualize yourself on a certain date going to a car dealer, negotiating a price for the car, and then driving the car from the lot.
Once you use your imagination to formulate a plan for acquiring the car, you can break your plan into smaller executable actions to bring the car into your possession. These are the steps you plan to take each day to achieve various parts of your plan. Executing these steps is the next important part of achieving your desire.
This uniquely human process of creating with our imaginations, formulating strategies and plans, then taking the required actions to bring about our desires has served mankind since our beginning. It has enabled our species to rise above all others, eventually fashioning the lives we live today.
You can use your imagination to solve problems. Recently, I was driving home from work and caught a glimpse of my cell phone shifting in the passenger seat every time I rounded a corner. In one curve, it finally threw itself into an unreachable corner on the front passenger side. All the way home, I thought of ways to secure the phone. I wanted an easier, more reliable way to access my phone while driving. I also wanted to use a method that wouldn’t interfere with carrying the phone in my coat pocket or briefcase.
Because I’m a bit of a cheapskate, my solution needed to be inexpensive. I imagined devices that would mount delicately on the dashboard with screws, adhesives or even strings. Finally, the solution began to take shape. I imagined using simple, inexpensive Velcro. For around $ 2.00, I could buy a swatch of Velcro and attach it to both my cell phone and dashboard. I could fasten my cell phone to the dashboard when not in use. It also wouldn’t interfere with the way I carry the phone around. I had fashioned an inexpensive and effective solution to my problem. However, the first solution was formulated in my mind using my imagination.
Mastering Your Power-Tool To Achieve Results
How do you weld your imagination power-tool to realize maximum results? The key is to learn and practice the steps to effectively harness and direct the power of your imagination. First learn the steps. Then, practice them as often as possible to master this great skill. Here are the basics:
o Set your goal. Choose something you would like to accomplish, obtain, create or realize. Try to make your choices consistent with what you really value. It’s much easier to imagine things consistent with your beliefs and values.
o Make it tangible. Create a clear picture or idea of your desire in your mind. If your goal is abstract, find a way to represent it tangibly. If you want to have career success, define what it means. Is it a certain salary, a position at a company, ownership of a company? Quantify your goal or break it down into tangible aspects.
o See yourself having your desired result and doing the things necessary to obtain it. Paint in as much detail as possible. See it, hear it, feel it, smell it and taste it. This visualization is your imagination ‘movie’.
o Focus on it often. Run your movie frequently. Set aside a few quiet minutes each day in the morning, at mid-day and at night to run your movie clip.
o Give your movie clip positive energy. Think about it in a positive way. Think and say affirmations – positive statements of your intention to have what you want or to accomplish what you desire.
Make these steps a daily routine. Applied consistently and regularly, these steps will help you to master your imagination power-tool. You can use this tool to achieve whole goals or to achieve the individual steps that bring about your goals. Use it liberally.
Top business executives use their imaginations to perfect their performance. They imagine performing each important aspect of their jobs — speeches, meetings, reports, presentations, and even negotiations. In their minds, they practice what they want to accomplish and they see themselves succeeding. They also imagine achieving their longer-term goals.
While imagination is not the only tool for success, it is one of the best. If you are determined and motivated, this built-in technology can often put you over the top in achieving success. Coupled with perseverance, faith, a positive mind-set and a willingness to work hard, skillful use of your imagination can give you a competitive advantage. It can catapult you above the crowd in achieving almost anything.
George Parker is a Director and Executive Vice President of Leasing Technologies International, Inc. (LTI). He is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing and financing efforts. One of the co-founders of LTI, Mr. Parker has been involved in secured lending and equipment financing for over twenty years. Mr. Parker is an industry leader, frequent panelist and author of several articles pertaining to equipment financing.
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