Is your imagination your best friend or your worst enemy?
Life Coaches Ashley Gordon and Brian Tregunna explain about the importance of using your imagination to help rather than hinder.
Imagination is one of the most powerful and important endowments that we all have. Nothing is ever created without imagination, nothing exists without it. Be that a stirring piece of music, home improvements or a newly designed car. As the renowned life-coach, Stephen Covey, explained, ‘Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then physically.’
Our thoughts lead to our actions. Our actions form our behaviour. Our behaviour creates habits and those influence our personality, which then directs our lives.
Therefore, many aspects of our lives can be traced back to our own thoughts. If we start with negative thoughts, we tend to have negative lives. But, if we make our imagination our best friend and think positively, then we enjoy mainly positive outcomes.
What we imagine has such a significant mental and physical effect on our bodies. There is clearly a very strong link between the mind and body. At times we can separate the two but, on the whole, we work better when the mind and body are well connected.
We can imagine anything. It’s unlimited, restricted only by ourselves and our limited thinking. Although it may not always feel like it, we can control our imagination. We can train ourselves to imagine positive outcomes, which then lifts our emotions. Then lo and behold, what happens? More often than not, we get positive outcomes; it’s the law of attraction, the power of positive thinking.
The best way to train our imagination is to give it clear instructions. If we want to be happy, we should tell ourselves to ‘BE HAPPY!’ Say it out loud and keep repeating it (at appropriate times of course!).
I know that sounds a little daft but, believe us, it works! When you talk to yourself, you’re the one who is listening.
It’s certainly a lot better than saying, ‘I don’t want to be unhappy.’ The double negative just confuses our brain and people who say that tend to become unhappy anyway, as our unconscious mind just hears the words – ‘want to be unhappy’.
I’m not saying it’s easy or that people can instantly become happy but, if you try applying your imagination positively within your own life, there’s a strong probability that whatever you imagine will actually happen in time. There is also the possibility that some good things that you haven’t even thought of yet will come out of your positive thinking.
“At times we can separate the two but, on the whole, we work better when the mind and body are well connected.”
Just like any muscle, the more you work and exercise the brain, the fitter and stronger it will become. It might be tough at first, just like it is with physical exercise, but keep repeating and practising, then you will be training your own mind and in time you will learn to trust it.
Then test your new-found positivity in small situations, because that will build your self-confidence and help when you are faced with bigger challenges.
Just as you may need a personal trainer to help with your fitness, you may at first need a coach to help you with your imagination. A skilled coach can help you to envisage what you want; to see, hear and feel what that means to you; then to plan and implement a series of steps towards achieving your personal goals.
Those small steps will, in time, become a journey and, before you know it, you will look back and realise that you have travelled a long way. Eventually you will be able to self-coach, to make your imagination your best friend and to move your life forward as you choose.
How to use your imagination positively is explained in more detail in ‘A Life Now Worth Living’ by Ashley Gordon and Brian Tregunna. Available online and from all major bookstores.
Ashley Gordon: Life Coaching, Breakthrough sessions, NLP – Time Line Therapy & Hypnotherapy Certifications www.personalbreakthroughsolutions.co.uk
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