ARE YOU FEELING HOPELESS ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS OR YOUR LIFE?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein
Do you ever look at the results in your current business or life and feel hopeless? Do you look ahead at where you want to be and think, whoa...impossible, what was I thinking? Well, my suggestion is to Ignore Reality! Really. According to smarty pants, Einstein “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” If you are anything like me, you want to be everywhere! So how exactly does that work?
HOW TO BUILD A SIX PACK IMAGINATION WITH A ROCK SOLID CORE?
Let me start by asking you some questions about where you want to go in your business or your life?
1. Once you are even more successful - and happier - what will you be DOING that you are not doing now?
2. How will you BE different?
3. WHO will you be with?
4. WHOSE lives will you have touched/changed?
5. WHAT will they be saying to you?
6. HOW will you hold yourself differently?
This is how you begin to change your Self-Concept from the one who has the current results to the one who walks into the life of the imagined possibilities. If your image contains the dream of more money for example, what will you be doing with the money? What smells, sounds, tastes, textures, and colors are in the picture in your mind? Some kinesthetic people may not be able to form or keep a visual. If you are one of those, simply feel in your body what success or happiness is like for you.
FEEL IT, BABY!
For all of us, when we create that picture of success, the most important part of the equation is the positive emotion that we relish at the thought of the ‘dream come true.’ Smile, feel hopeful and happy, even elated at your imagined success!!!
If your big old doubting gremlin (i.e. negative doubting thoughts) (see the picture of my Gremlin Lulu above) rears her well-meaning but not so helpful head, pat her on the head, feed her a gremlin snack (Gremlins love black jelly beans) and use the words: “Thank you for your concern. Despite the fact that I am nowhere near where I want to be, at this moment I am allowed to feel as if I am already there.” See if you can sustain that feeling for at least 7 minutes while you color in the picture in your Imagine.
REFRESH YOUR IMAGINATION EVERY DAY!
It helps to have images of what your success looks like on a dream board or create your very own mind movie like I do in my workshops with participants. Each morning you refresh your mind and conjure up those images and that feeling.
It’s like taking a mental shower. But that’s not the hard part. It’s when you get down to business and people are not getting back to you, or they are saying ‘No thanks’ or they use someone else instead of you. Or when your personal life is going to hell in a hand woven hand-basket. You know THAT feeling. THAT attitude is based on logic, on the reality in front of you. THAT feeling is re-active. When you catch it...and that’s easy, because it does not feel right, that is your sign to use your will to move back to the picture in your mind, your Imagination. Find that good feeling there. Raise your Vibe. It takes vigilance and discipline.
YOU ARE NOT YOUR PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES; YOU AR YOUR CURRENT CHOICES
The brain will default to worry and “facing” reality. Move towards being Pro-Active. You will be creating your future reality this way rather than allowing your future reality to be carved from the reactions of others. This is what Stephen Covey meant by “Begin with the end in mind.” You are not your present circumstances. You are your Choices. When your Gremlins point their fingers and tell you this is all a bunch of hogwash, reassure them, that Einstein and Picasso are smarter than any Gremlin will ever be!
“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso
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HOW ONE CONCERT CHANGED MY LIFE
My hubby and I were at an intimate show in a yurt in the small village of Enterprise. The music rocked but what I could not get out of my head was the story the artist shared. Juno award “loser” Peter Katz (his words, he lost the Juno to Feist) recalled for us how he was introduced to Canadian violinist Oliver Schroer on a road trip while listening to CBC radio and it changed his life.
Now, Oliver is changing mine. I hope you take the time to dig this guy, because even from the other side, he just may change yours.
This violinist who sported a powerful red goatee and some unusual haircuts, composed not only rigs and jeels but music that was close to God. His music will make you cry, but that is not what moved me to write this piece. That is not what is changing my life.
PLAY FULL ON
You will listen to his story about how his CD “Camino” was recorded over two months in 2004, as he and two friends walked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient trail that wanders across France and Spain.
He stopped in 25 churches along the way to play and record his violin on this musical pilgrimage. As you listen to his music, even if you don’t particularly love the violin, you will be moved as I was moved.
Now, lean in. Listen carefully. There’s more. He shared that didn't know if he would get kicked out of these churches when he began playing and recording, so he decided to play full on; no warming up. It looks like he also lived his life that way.
FIRE IT ALL UP
I began to wonder what my life would look like if I played from the middle, the crescendo, not the beginning or the end? I might stop making excuses to play my piece because you never know when you might get kicked out of the church.
As the story goes, when Oliver was told that his leukemia was terminal, rather than panic, he found himself at peace. He realized that he did not need to change anything; that he was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing with his life. “I’m one of the burning bright lights who fires it all up and then go down in flames.” This man walked his talk.
How might your life be even better if you were “firing it all up?” What else might be possible if you were doing even more of exactly what you wanted to do with your life? My God, the night sky would be filled with all of our burning bright lights. Skip the warm up. What are you waiting for?
Let me help you fire it up, live from the crescendo whether it is in your life or your business.
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