Richard Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA
Hill says “ The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man. The impulse, the DESIRE, is given shape, form, and ACTION through the aid of the imaginative faculty of the mind.
It has been said that man can create anything which he can imagine."
There are two forms of imagination, creative and synthetic. In 1919, Walt Disney was fired from one his first animation jobs at the Kansas City Star newspaper because his editor felt that he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. The editor was obviously wrong. Disney built an empire that long outlasted his life and it is still booming today. I have a friend from New York who goes there every year and books another trip before he even returns home. He tells me that to get the reservations at the restaurant he wants at Disney he has to book 180 days in advance. People come there from all over the world so just tell me that imagination can't create you a fortune.
Maxwell Maltz says in his book psycho-cybernetics that “ imagination is the ignition key to your automatic success mechanism” and he also says that” human beings always act and feel and perform in accordance with what they imagine to be true about themselves and their environment”
He says that your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a real one, that your nervous system reacts appropriately to what you think or imagine to be true and give us an example of a basketball player who actually practiced throwing shots for 20 minutes a day and one who imagined in his mind the shot going through the hoop for 20 minutes a day. The results were astounding! The player who physically did the shots showed a 24% improvement and the one who imagined it going through the hoop showed up 23% improvement while the one who did nothing showed no improvement.
Maltz says when you see a thing clearly in your mind your creative success mechanism within you takes over and does the job much better than you could do it by conscious effort or willpower. So how important is imagination? I would say that it is right up there with oxygen.
It is such a shame that we start off as a child with such a vivid imagination and nothing that we can imagine is impossible. Then we are robbed by the dream stealers that we encounter along the way in our life journey!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for believing in us and walking beside us on our journey to success. And thank you to all of my mastermind friends and partners for sharing your brilliance with me each week.
Spanish Fort, Al