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Imagination has a negative side?

Imagination has a negative side?
“The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.” - Napoleon Hill

The power of your imagination is beyond reason. It’s almost beyond comprehension. Napoleon Hill writes extensively about this in his book, Think & Grow Rich.

He goes on to say that “man’s only limitation within reason lies in his development and use of his imagination.”

If you think about it, we all use our imagination every single day, whether we realize it or not, whether it is being used subconsciously or consciously.

You wake up in the morning and you think about what you want to wear. You imagine yourself throughout the day, you consider the activities you’ll be doing, and how you want to feel.

Whether you’re deciding to dress professionally, in sports attire, or in loungewear, you’re imagining a future state that you’re going to experience, and you plan your wardrobe accordingly. So, this is one way we use imagination.

The negative side of imagination is worry.

Worry is when we focus on a future negative. These can come in the form of conditions or circumstances in the future that don’t feel good, and that aren’t in harmony with what it is that you want. These ideas are in fact the opposite of what you want.

Worry is when we focus on those things and when we imagine those particular negative scenarios taking place in our lives.

And the funny thing is, those events, circumstances, and conditions haven’t even transpired yet, and we don’t even know if they ever will.

But we so often worry ourselves sick (quite literally), imagining all the possible negative scenarios that could play out.

What are you worried about today? If you stop for a moment and reflect on what it is you’re thinking about, are you focusing on what it is that you want in your life, what it is that you desire, or are you focused on the exact opposite; on what you don’t want to happen?

On what you don’t want to feel and experience?

Imagination is a powerful tool and it is used by every single person on the planet.
And as I said before, it is used both intentionally and subconsciously.

So, let me encourage you to pause for a moment today and to shift your focus. Take about 5 minutes and use your imagination to imagine a future life that you truly desire for yourself.

That’s where manifestation begins; in the conception of an idea that starts in the mind.

As Napoleon Hill said, and I truly believe, “your only limitation in life is in the development and use of your imagination.”

So, why not develop your imagination, and program it to focus on what you truly desire, rather than seeping in worry and fear, day after day.

Why you should read something more than once!

This week, I’ve really been focusing my time and energy on my own study, going back to one of my favorite books of all time - the book that really got me on the path of personal growth and gave me the tools to create significant transformation in my life… Think and Grow Rich.

I don’t know how many times I’ve read this book, but it’s got to be in the thousands. And every single time I read it, I emerge with new awareness.

And the reason why that happens every time - and the reason why it’ll happen for you if you engage in this study - is because every time you read something, listen to something, or study something, you yourself are doing so at another level of awareness.

Let’s take a book you’ve read before as an example. You’ve had new experiences since you last read the book; you’ve come to new conclusions about what you want in your life, your abilities, your giftedness, and what is possible for your life.

You’ve also experienced new struggles and challenges - some of which you’ve overcome and moved through, and others that could be keeping you stuck in your life.

But regardless of all of that, the fact still remains that if you are to pick up a book today that you read a week ago, a year ago, or ten years ago, you would experience it from a different perspective, and you'd learn something new.

So, if you’ve read this book, Think & Grow Rich, before, no matter how many times, or if you’ve studied it before with me or with others, let me encourage you to pick it up today, and just read one page.

I guarantee that you will come away from that with a new awareness, a new idea, and new thoughts to help you move forward in your life.

I remember back when Patrick was mentoring me through this book, back when I was in my mid-twenties. He took me through it literally page by page, line by line, word by word. He didn’t skip a single section - not a single part of the book, from the table of contents to the very last page.

And that’s important, because when you dive into personal growth and the study of human potential, there might be a programmed part of your mind that says, "Oh, I already know that. I can skip that part."

...But I’m telling you, if you do that, you’re cheating yourself out of the full experience of growth and transformation that is available for you.

Sometimes it was painful, maybe even arduous, when I was going through it with Patrick word by word. Oftentimes, I just wanted to jump ahead and get to the good stuff, the practical action steps that I needed to take to change my life - to the "secret" that would give me the answer I was working for...

I didn’t realize until later that that secret, that answer, wasn’t just one part of the book; it wasn’t just one section, one chapter, one paragraph of the book; it was only revealed in the study of every single word that Napoleon Hill wrote.

So let me say it again: if there's a part of you that thinks you’ve done this before, that you know it, and that you don’t need to revisit that book or go through this study again, don’t cheat yourself out of the process that will lead you to what it is that you desire in your life.

Let me just mention in closing that I am leading a group through the study of Think & Grow Rich, which I’ve done many, many times in the past.

But once again, this time it’s different.

There will be new perspectives gained, and higher levels of awareness reached.

I want to encourage you to take this step forward on your journey of growth, and to join me this Saturday at 9:30 AM (ET), to reach new epiphanies and to experience further growth.

Why you need an all-consuming desire

In one of my favorite books, Think and Grow Rich, there’s a story of a man who had an all-consuming obsession - a burning desire.

His desire was to be the associate of Thomas Edison - to work with him and to help him carry out his mission.

Early on in this man’s life, when he began to develop this all-consuming obsession, if you were to look at him, you would have viewed him as just any ordinary person.

As Napoleon Hill wrote, "He resembled a tramp, but his thoughts were those of a king."

Here’s the thing… wanting and wishing will never lead to achievement.

You can want and wish all you want, but unless you have a keenpulsating desire which transcends everything else, your want or your wish will never come about.

This isn’t pie-in-the-sky thinking; this is simply how the universe works.

I think about my life, and I can tell you for sure that if wanting and wishing could get you anywhere, I would have been a millionaire by the time I was 20 years old.

Instead, I worked as a roofer. I spent day after day thinking about how unfair it was that life had dealt me this hand, and I believed I just had to play the cards I was dealt.

wanted something different. I hoped for something different. I wished that my life was different.

...But it wasn’t until I learned the process that Napoleon Hill teaches in Think and Grow Rich - a process that I learned from my first mentor, Patrick Hayes - that I began to direct and focus my energy on my desire so that it was stronger than ever before.

...It wasn’t until I had done this, and trained my mind to stay laser-focused on what it was that I desired, that it became a burning obsession for my life. That’s when things really began to shift for me.

You may wish your life was different - you may hope the conditions and circumstances in your life change for the better - but until you develop within you a burning desire, an all-consuming obsession in your life, a "north star" that you can stay focused on, and until you know each step is taking you closer to that destination… until you have that solidified in your mind, you will just be on a wandering path that keeps you busy, but leads you nowhere in particular.

So, how do you develop an all-consuming obsession? Well, it starts with getting clear on what you really want.

Now, when I ask them what they want, most people start listing the things they don’t want…

"I don’t want to be overweight - I don’t want to be in debt - I don’t want to have a bad marriage, etc…"

You‘ve got to stop that thinking. You’ve got to stop that approach, and instead, flip it around.

Instead, ask yourself, "What is it that I actually want?"

You want to be healthy - you want to be financially free, financially stable - you want to feel confident and certain in who you are and in the direction you’re going…

Those are probably all things that you desire, aren’t they?

So, get really clear on that and take some time to build the picture in your mind of what that really looks like.

...What does it feel like? What does it smell like? What are the experiences you would have if this was your life? What are the conversations you would have if this was your life? How would you feel within your emotions and mental state? What would your experience be in your spiritual life and the connection to your source?

If you don’t have a crystal-clear picture of what that looks like and feels like, how you would live that out? I’m just telling you right now, if you’re not certain of exactly what it is that you desire, you’re going to stay stuck.

You’re going to stay stuck in your current circumstances and conditions; you’re going to stay stuck with the things that you don’t want in your life; you’re just going to stay stuck.

And in case you haven’t heard yet… stuck stinks.

So, start today - build that image of what it is that you want in your life. Take the first step.

Even if it’s just a tiny step of 5 minutes today for you to start the process of moving forward in the direction of your dreams… it’s worth it.