5 areas where your imagination is holding you back from happiness.
Imagination is a vehicle upon which fun, joy, art, literature, music, film, science, and technology have been brought to uncharted realms, used properly, our imagination can fuel our actions with courage, energy, and enthusiasm. Unfortunately many of us champion our imagination and pit it against our goals and dreams, and we are losing because it becomes a cause of distraction, procrastination, negativity and fear that holds us back from our success and happiness.
Your imagination is holding you back from happiness.
Let’s look at some areas where your imagination is holding you back.
Your imagination with career
A position has opened up in your company and comes with a pay increase: what goes through your mind?
“I’m not 100% qualified for that position so they’ll just laugh at me.”
“What’s the point? there’s only 1 spot available, and tons of people will apply.”
“People will look at me funny if I try, and I’ll be so bummed out when I fail.”
Your imagination with money
You have worked hard to set aside some money in savings, and an opportunity has come up: what goes through your mind?
“The timing is poor, I’ll lose my money.”
“I won’t get what I expect out of it, it will be a waste.”
“This is probably a bad idea, there will be other opportunities.”
Your imagination with health
For your health and wellness, you know you should eat well and work out regularly: what goes through your mind?
“I’m going to dread every moment of it.”
“I just got home from work and I am so tired, I just don’t see myself doing it.”
“It is difficult and I just don’t think I have the willpower.”
Your imagination with relationships
There is someone that peaks your interest and you would like to get to know them better: what goes through your mind?
“I’m so awkward, they’ll think I’m a weirdo.”
“If they reject me, people will hear about it and I’ll die of embarrassment.”
“I’ll talk to them if I ever see them again and I’ll know what to say then.”
Your imagination with yourself
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what goes through your mind?
“Ugh, I look awful today, who’d want to be with me?”
“I’m so stupid, why did I say and do those things?”
“I am probably going to fail because I am just not good enough.”
So with that kind of stinkin’ thinkin’, can you blame yourself for being unhappy?
Get a check up from the neck up, and change your stinkin’ thinkin’!
Let’s look at this differently, if someone you really care about was going through the same scenarios, what would you say to them?
Your imagination with their career
A position has opened up in their company and comes with a pay increase: what would you say to them?
“There’s no measurement for the human heart, go show them how great you are.”
“If it’s what you want, apply and who know’s what could happen.”
“I’ll look at you funny if you don’t apply, and we’ll go out for drinks if you bomb it.”
Your imagination with their money
They have worked hard to set aside some money in savings, and an opportunity has come up: what would you say to them?
“Do your research properly, and you won’t lose money.”
“If you get everything you expect from it, it won’t be a waste.”
“Get a 2nd or 3rd opinion, there might not be other opportunities.”
Your imagination with their health
For their health and wellness, you know they should eat well and work out regularly: what would you say to them?
“You will feel and look great once you get into it.”
“Schwarzenegger said, it only counts when it hurts so it’s the perfect time to do it.”
“You can do it, I believe in you.”
Your imagination with their relationships
There is someone that peaks their interest and they would like to get to know them better: what would you say to them?
“Yes, you are awkward, but I think you’ll be fine.”
“Wouldn’t it be awesome if they said yes?”
“This may be your last chance to talk to them, I’m rooting for you.”
Your imagination with them
When they look at themselves in the mirror, what should they say to themselves?
“You look great to me! Go get ’em.”
“People make mistakes, you’ll do better next time.”
“You are good enough, you can do it. “
I hope that these are some of the things you would say to someone you really care about because if you wouldn’t, you are probably not an encouraging person in their lives. Is that what you really want?
Do it for you!
When we empathize and encourage, we are using our imagination in a powerful and meaningful way.
Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared. — J. K. Rowling
Sadly, we often treat others better than ourselves, so if you are willing to say those things to someone you really care about, you ought to be saying those things to yourself.
When you start to change the way you look at the world, the world you look at will change.
Your success may not be immediate or exactly the way you want, but the challenges and obstacles become your experience for the future challenges and obstacles, and you now open your eyes to opportunities that will bring you closer to the success you desire.
Where happiness comes in is from seeing the positive possibilities, as if you would when you encourage someone you care about, then getting fired up about those positive possibilities, and lastly, but most importantly, taking action to reach those possibilities.
So when your imagination causes you to be lazy, negative, or afraid, break out of that stinkin’ thinkin’, imagine the positive possibilities and arm yourself with courage, energy, and enthusiasm, so that you can charge forward into action.
If you are still not convinced, use your powerful imagination to picture yourself at your deathbed: will you regret the times you tried and failed, or the times you never tried at all?
Do it for you.
Please help me share this post with the people you care about!
Thank you and be well, my friend.