When we lose our spiritual child then that is when we have grown old.~Stephen Richards
We Limit Ourselves
We have in our lives only what we think we deserve and can imagine. If you feel you’ll never be happy, wealthy or healthy, you’ll be right. Our beliefs limit our success and contentment.
No matter the circumstances in the outer world, our inner self dictates how we perceive life. If we can’t believe (imagine) that we will get out of debt, we’ll always be in debt.
Even if someone paid off the debts and provided a fresh start, someone with an “in debt” mindset, who didn’t make efforts to change it, to expand their imagination about what life could be, would soon be in debt again.
Somewhere along the path of life, most people give up on their dreams. They accept that “this is how life is”, and stop imagining more.
Sure, they may play the lottery and hope that one day they’ll hit it big, and life will be better.
This doesn’t take imagination though… It’s a desperate last effort to change a life situation that has already been accepted… It’s a survival mechanism.
This is where the importance of visualization comes into play. Athletes are coached to visualize themselves winning the competition- to run it through in their minds beforehand. They’re told to build the pathways in their brains to know what success feels like… imaginary success.
Don’t be afraid
It works. Before success in anything can be achieved, it must first be imagined. Many people are not in touch with their imagination though. This leads to insecurity and fear… Sometimes fear of the very thing you most desire.
Fear limits what we dare to dream about. Dreams are change. Change is the unknown, and it will remain so unless it is thought about, imagined and accepted as good.
It’s easier to remain static than it is to change. It’s easier to have vague ideas about life “being better’ than it is to imagine a path to actually make it better. Humans prefer the known, the comfortable, to the unknown… even if they’re unhappy with the known.
“It could always be worse” is a common phrase we tell each other that makes us feel better about not changing. Yes, it could be worse. But, it could also be a lot better…
Why don’t we imagine our lives better instead of imagining things being worse? Why is the default mindset focused on stability at the cost of happiness?
We hope to find out through writing this series…
How healthy is your imagination? Do you usually think about what can go wrong instead of what can go right? Are your visualizations limited to worrying about what might happen, usually bad?
Think of something in your life that you’re not happy with. Now, imagine it being different… Did you go towards good or bad? Think of the situation in a positive way. Give the image life… How far can you go before you start sabotaging your visualization? If you’re like most people you’ll start telling yourself “this will never happen” or “this isn’t reasonable”…