Thu, Jul 14, 2011
Albert Einstein once expressed “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Many of us have resonated with these inspiring words at some point in our lives. But how can we practically apply the wisdom of these words in our lives?
One powerful focusing tool is Visualization. The point is to focus on what you want. Imagine whatever that is for you and the results are indeed limitless.
Esther and Jerry Hicks, two of my personal favorite teachers, say that worrying is using your imagination to focus on what you don’t want.
Let’s face it, most of us go through life in one of two modes: observation or worry. We put our attention on what is currently going on in our lives or we worry about what could potentially go wrong. In some misguided way, we see this as a way of taking ‘secondary’ control over our lives. Unfortunately, too often we focus on what we have already achieved, which in many cases are exactly the things we don’t want.
The ultimate form of control is deliberate, intentional invention and creation of our lives. When you begin to harness the power of your imagination to focus on what you want in your life, you start to make good things happen to you.
But before you can do any of this ‘good’ creating, you have to first face the fact – what you have going on in your life right now is a product of your own creation. You must take responsibility for the fact that you affect what happens in your life. Through putting your attention on what could go wrong, or what has gone wrong, you have created exactly what you worried about. It was not life happening to you, but rather you creating your own life situations.
When you realize that by focusing on the worst case scenario, or on what you didn’t want to happen to you, you have participated in actively bringing those things into your life, only then can you start to change things. The good news is that focusing on the best case scenario, or what you do want to happen to you, will help you build the life you do want!
How do you start? The most engaging way to begin this process is to start a new routine of applying your attention to the good feeling things in your life. You don’t have to eliminate every negative thought that you might have. Just start to build new habits, whereby you are CHOOSING to give attention to things in your life experience that you are happy about and the things that you would like to experience.
Notice how it feels when you move your attention from the absence of the money you wish you had – to the pleasure of imagining already having the money you want. It’s a palpable feeling. If you can sense that shift, you are ready to move your life into the fast lane of achievers and perpetual winners.
The word ‘mind’ is synonymus with focus – what are you minding? Where is your focus right at this moment?
Cultivating control over your focus can enhance your quality of life in ways I never dreamed possible.
I first discovered this while studying the power of focus in achieving a zone state. This is a state of pure concentration and power that is harnessed and then used by chronic thrivers such as pro-athletes, actors, and successful business people, to name a few.
I personally love the feeling of effortless achievement that is supported by a boundless energy often found in peak states. The leverage of performing at my topmost potential and capability is thrilling and satisfyingly addictive.
Observing not only myself but others around me led me to this conclusion. In a discussion with a personal trainer who was driven to become a successful actress, she mentioned how she was feeling crushingly tired lately, and doubted her ability to achieve her goal. I told her that I only felt tired when I was focusing on what I did not want to experience, but that when focused on my desires and goals, I felt energized and empowered. I could tell by her reaction that this was something that resonated with her.
When we are consumed with the idea of getting what we want, we feel ourselves come alive. Call it inspiration or passion or excitement, there is nothing more compelling than an image of ourselves getting something that we fervently wish for.
The same goes for imagining something we don’t want. If all else fails to get you out of bed in the morning for work, an image projected in your mind’s eye of getting fired or reprimanded at the office , will light a fire of motivation under you.
Images are powerful because we think in pictures. By using deliberate visualization to hone the potency of our focus, we can energize ourselves in any situation, whether it be something specific such as a physical work-out that we’ve been dreading, or something general like an extensive work project.
It is important that all of our spoken and written goals be in synch with our visualization. If you write every day that you make a certain optimal amount of money, you have a wonderful lifestyle, etc. but then keep unconsciously visualizing yourself as broke and unhappy, then you have a incongruity which will keep you trapped in exactly the state that you do not wish to remain in.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are visualizing all day every day. By deliberately doing it in a way that is congruent with our desires, we will attract what we want into our everyday lives.
The key tool for positive change is conscious, deliberate, focused visualization. When we consistently take the time to slow down, get a quiet mind, and put our attention on the life we want, we can sit back and watch it all manifest!
“Strong minded, resolutely willed, you can create out of nothing a great business, a huge empire, a new world. Others have and they have no monopoly.” Albert Einstein