“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” Steven Covey
In his best selling book, “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill wrote, “You will never have a definite purpose in life; you will never have self confidence; you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these qualities in your imagination and see yourself in possession of them.” He further stated, “Imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”
The book is based on his long term study of some of the most successful people of the 20th century, from which he distilled the common traits or techniques employed by these high achievers. If you haven’t read this monumental work, I highly recommend you do so. It provides a wealth of useful information and techniques even outside the realm of finances. You can get it here http://www.beliefmagic.com/grow
Just the story of its creation, as commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, is an interesting read in itself. I typically see this book still credited today by the most accomplished in many diverse fields, as one of their most valued literary inspirations.
There is a concept called “Fantasy – Theory – Fact.” This means that everything has its origination in the form of fantasy, which a courageous person has dared to turn into a theory, which later proved itself as fact. Even something simple like the chair you are sitting in, existed first as thought in a builder’s mind, then plans or a design – the theory, and finally the proof which supports your body.
The act of creation is perhaps our highest spiritual ability. Biblically, mankind is created in God’s image. When people reproduce, the created child is in their image, demonstrating this God-like ability we are gifted with. Everything that exists starts as a thought in someone’s mind. It is up to the individual creator to transform the thought energy into the physical reality.
Yes energy is readily transformed into mass as dictated by Einstein’s famous equation, energy equals mass, times the speed of light squared. As a side note, the process can be speeded up through a Master Mind Group and other techniques, as discussed in “Think & Grow Rich”!…
Of course more radical theories like the earth is round, not flat, are first met with violent opposition, and whether the theory is developed depends on the tenacity of the one proposing it. So too are our internal belief systems like that. Personal inner critics love to deny that their master (that’s you!) has a basis for confidence to achieve a desire, particularly if they weren’t successful in achieving something similar before.
Our brains’ reticular activation system again looks for scenes it can identify with or has previously patterned. Yet the daring who ignore or silence their self critic to follow their dream, often a long process requiring incredible persistence, meet with uncommon success. The process is analogous to rerouting the river of your mind to travel where you really want to go, not what you or those concerned for your well-being, perceive as a practical destination for you.
Even more mundane tasks require the willpower to first undertake them. Writing down what needs to be done (much more on this to follow!) is a great way to start. Don’t deny that you are a creator, you do it all the time. However deciding on WHAT, WHEN and HOW you will create these things is the more serious work!