Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Your Imagination is your Greatest Untapped Resource


Your Imagination is your Greatest Untapped Resource

by Mina Irfan

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”
–Albert Einstein

Have you ever watched a movie based on a book you like? What was your experience? Chances are you were disappointed. You were disappointed because the director/producer could not capture the book in the same manner your imagination had done so. He/she used their own imagination to interpret the book- your imagination is just as unique as you are. It is an important part of you and your life.

It amazes me how little adults use their imaginations. Ever notice how happy, and alive children are? How they value simple things? We lose the ability to fully enjoy life and the simple things because we lose our imagination as we get older. I am asking you today to find your imagination. find it, embrace it, and use it to make your desires come true. Your imagination is a great resource that you can tap into to achieve all that you desire in life.

Here are 6 reasons why your imagination is your greatest untapped resource.

1. Your imagination is what gives birth to your ambition, dreams, and desires. If you lose your imagination – you lose the ability to see yourself as someone bigger. better, deeper than you are today. Imagination is mental imagery, either real or imaged, and can be the past, present, or future. It can be linked to our greatest desires or our biggest fears.

“You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”
–George Bernard Shaw

2. You can instantly use your imagination to trick yourself into being happier than you really are. Yes, I know it is wrong to lie, but look at it as make-believe, or pretend play. The human brain values imagination so much, that it can’t tell the difference whether you are actually happy or just pretending. Of course, you have to do it correctly. Here are some ways to fool the brain into happiness – thus attracting more happiness

* Pretend you are happy by not letting a bad day or bad circumstances spoil your mood. Feel the sad or unhappy emotion, acknowledge it and then let it go.

* Feel good – even when you are sad or down- remind yourself of something that is positive in your life – however small it might be. Create a gratitude list to refer back to as needed

* For an instance lift – do something nice for someone else when you are feeling down yourself. This will add an instance uplift to your mood, while giving you the confidence to imagine even bigger acts of kindness.

* Take mental time outs by imagining yourself overcoming your current problem or taking a vacation (real or imagined). Go to your happy place so to speak. You might feel silly in the beginning, but soon you will trick you brain into feeling instantly happy by doing this trick.

3. Use your imagination to create goals and desires – believe that if you have the ability to imagine it, you certainly have the ability to achieve it. Play with different scenarios in your mind. Good, happy, cheerful ones, don’t focus on creating more worry or stress. Imagine yourself accomplishing your goals with tact, grace, and ease. Imagine being well liked and praised in your circle. Practice doing this on a daily basis.

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”
–Jesse Jackson

4. The number one reason people often fail at the law of attraction is because of their inability to use their imaginations. They get caught up in the “how will I” instead imagining themselves achieving their goals and leaving the rest up to the Universe. Successful athletes use mental imagery to improve their performance during games. They form mental pictures of themselves playing and winning the game and see themselves enjoying the game rather than worrying how they will win it. They use their imagination to motivate and familiarize themselves about the game plans. Your imagination is the best tool you can use in planning.

5. Remember you are the hero of your imagination- always imagine yourself doing and achieving great things. Have confidence in your imagination and soon you will notice confidence in your ability. I use my imagination when I have to do a task I’m dreading. I will close my eyes and see myself effectively and quickly completing the task and then focus on enjoying the “life after” the task. How it will feel to cross that item off my to do list? Focus on the future instead of the past – you already know the outcomes of your past experiences and can do little to change them. Live in the present and imagine in the future

6. You can change the way others perceive you by changing the way you see yourself in your imagination. Like it or not, we determine how others respect or treat us. Our verbal and non verbal communication give off subliminal clues to others on how we expect to be treated. If you are unhappy with the way others think of you or treat you – start imagining yourself the way you would like to be treated. Practice this on a daily basis – seeing yourself in different scenarios being treated with respect and admiration. This exercise will start building the confidence you need to get those results.

You deserve it.


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