The short answer to “Can You Imagine Your Way to Future Success?” is that you can. But keep reading. Let’s think about how to do it and why it works.
As I have written many times before, each of us is a story. Our narratives began with our births (if not before). The chapters that have unfolded since depended on a combination of what we brought to this lifetime—be it DNA, soul or both—and the ensuing experiences we encountered. The major influences on our narratives likely included moments of great happiness and success and warmth and moments of disappointment, pain and disappointment. Our stories continue today—into this very moment (which, I am privileged to say, includes you reading this blog at this very time).
The fact that each of us is a story means that we can understand far more about ourselves and repair lots of emotional damage and set the stage for far greater success in life by understanding the past. This includes success in one’s personal and professional lives. But it also means that we can envision powerful, future chapters of our life stories and that the envisioning them can be part of manifesting them.
Why would imagining yourself achieving what you want and need actually make those things more likely? First, remember what your mind does when it writes a story or thinks about how to solve a problem or envisions the next steps to build a business. Your mind imagines the steps to take and the possible results. Those steps that seem connected to the narrative moving in the most positive direction are the ones that almost always win out (barring undue anxiety, for instance, about deploying them). And bringing the steps to mind is part of the momentum necessary for them to unfold.
That may seem obvious, but it is a kind of miracle. Bringing the next chapters of your life story to mind begins the process of them actually unfolding.
Now, take the process one step further. By directing the process of imagination to envision the most powerful possible pages and chapters of your life story, the “writing” of those pages and chapters can be said to have already begun. The path forward now exists. Take just one step in that direction, and the path has become even more real.
Let’s allow that forces like intuition and synergy and synchronicity also exist in the universe (and I believe they do). The moment you envision moving toward the goals you most treasure and just begin moving in their direction, your intention goes “viral.” I don’t think this is pie-in-the-sky, New Age thinking. I think it is the way God (or the Universe, if you wish) actually works.
In this regard, the words of the great Scottish explorer W.H. Murray again come to mind:
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initative or creation, there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves. too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way.
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.
If you are ready to imagine your way to future success, I am ready to help to:
- Clear away hurdles in the way of you identifying your most treasured goals
- Defeat resistance to moving forward toward those goals
- Join you in “cowriting” the next chapters of your life story, in which you reach those goals
Ready? Why else would you be reading this blog?
Need a little push? [email protected] 978-462-1125. : )
Dr. Keith Ablow