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Use Imagination!

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Use Imagination!

You can do it!  Go you!

“Use Imagination!”  This statement has genius in it, because it unlocks and unleashes your own special brand of genius in the form of unique and creative ideas and ingenuities.  This then fuels you with energy, enthusiasm, and confidence.

“Use Imagination!” is also an anagram of sorts.  You can use some of the letters in the phrase to spell the word genius!

And, it’s plain, old-fashioned fun to use your imagination and let it soar; to “give it its head” and let it run.

You may be saying that you’re too busy taking steps to waste time on imagining.  Or, you may scoff at the idea, sure that nothing will come of it.  That’s because using imagination has gotten a bad rap.  Growing up, you probably heard that indulging in imagining was woolgathering, day-dreaming, or being in la-la land.  Worse, you may have heard it called laziness, not paying attention, making up stories, or even lying.

It isn’t true!

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It’s well-known and documented that great people throughout the ages scheduled time each day for quiet, contemplation in which they would let their imaginations go.  Edison was famous for taking naps when he was wrestling with a problem.  Often, he would wake with the solution, or a crucial step that would then lead to the solution.  Nicola Tesla, upon whose work our wireless technology is based, always worked through his inventions in detail in his mind before building them.  And, the daily training routine of Olympians and professional athletes includes imagination sessions where they go through their routines and perfect their movements.

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Your homework for today is to schedule an imagination session.  Give  yourself enough time (5 – 30 minutes) and choose a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted.  As you’re getting comfortable gently think about some aspect of your dream or goal.  Or, you can think about your dream or goal in general terms.  Then go for it–let your imagination roam and soar where it will.  And, no worries; you can’t do this homework incorrectly!  It doesn’t matter if your mind worries or wanders–gently bring it back to your dream or goal.  It doesn’t matter that you didn’t get any images or ideas.  No effort is ever wasted.  View this as a building block or a training session.  Trust that you’ll get better at it because, with regularly doing this exercise, you will get better.  Remember, too, that even the greatest thinkers didn’t have insights or eureka moments in every single session either; you’re in good company!

So revv up those imaginations and let ’em rip!

You can do it!  Go you!

I am so proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your friend,

Lauren

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Give it Up!

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Give it up–give up your perfectionism!

You can do it!  Go you!

Naturally you want to do the best job you can.  And of course you must be prudent and do sufficient research and planning before starting out.  But don’t let these honorable traits turn into a straightjacket that prevents you from moving forward.

Planning and research are an important and a vital first step in any undertaking.  Give yourself a deadline for completing these, though.  Then take that one step, trusting in not only what you’ve found out but also in your native intelligence and common sense, in your life experience, and in the fact that you probably have other resources at your fingertips.  Remember, you can always Google it or ask your friendly librarian or a friend or read a book on the subject or talk to someone who you know has more experience or knowledge in the area than you do.  Don’t be afraid to “draw a line under it”, under the research and planning stage, and declare that good enough is good enough.  Then go for it–take that first incremental step!    

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This is where the benefit and the power of breaking your steps into itty bitty fragments comes in.  You’ll be able to take that little step by the deadline because you’ve broken them into teeny-tiny parts that you know for sure you can easily complete.  And, because you’ve also categorized them into time chunks, you know that if you only have five minutes to devote to your dreams that deadline day, you can look under that category and choose a piece.    

So, set that deadline for finishing your research and planning phase and select a little step that you’ll be able to do at that deadline.  Now you have a plan.  Isn’t this great?  Don’t you feel proud of yourself?  Don’t you feel a surge of energy as well?

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WooHoo!  This is awesome stuff!  Now you can see the reality that you can actually do this–you can achieve your goals and dreams!

WooHoo!  Go you!

Your homework for today is to revel in the positive, empowered feelings you’ve just created.  DON’T SKIP THIS HOMEWORK!!  All too often, we forget–or pooh-pooh–the small, often tiny, victories and achievements we have.  You MUST honor yourself, your hard work, and the bravery and courage you’ve poured into every little bit of forward movement. 

You can do it!  Go you!

I am so very proud of you!  I knew you could do it!

Your friend,

Lauren