Long before Tony Robbins began his career as a motivational speaker/coach with his methods of achieving your goals and well before Rhonda Byrne wrote The Secret, George Bernard Shaw said, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
Whether you use the term imagination or visualization the idea is the same – you first have to be able to “see” what it is that you want – imagine it, visualize it or just hallucinate about it, but see it. That may be the biggest stumbling block to success for many people – the lack of imagination or ability to visualize what it is that they want to achieve. Call it dreaming or call it thinking big, one has to be able to get outside of the box that we put ourselves in and “see” a different tomorrow, a different outcome or even a different person than we are now.
One cannot “will” something to be, if one can’t see it. And one certainly can’t go on to creating it if there is no vision to guide the process. It is oh so much easier to slip into the habit of lamenting the present and wallowing in self-pity at one’s current fate than it is to conjure up the dreams and visions of a better future – to imagine a better outcome and then pursue that alternative.
What Robbins and Byrne and other self-help gurus have done is capitalize on the fact that few of us really understand how to go about the visualization thing. We place artificial limitations on our imaginations and box ourselves in with self-doubt and fears (mainly the fear of failing). The real “secret” behind almost all of the self-improvement advice that we see and hear about is unlocking our imagination and helping us understand how to use its power to break out of our boxes.
A mind unleashed from fears and doubts and allowed to create new paths for us to take is indeed the beginning of creation. If one then combines the will to act on those newly imagined option, one is well on the way to creating a new future. Shaw put it in a slightly different way in another saying that I like – The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, make them. Imagine that.
So; what will you imagine for yourself today, this week, this year? Taking liberties with an old Vulcan saying, “Dream big and prosper.”