Ever hear someone claim that the reason for another person’s success is “genetic.”
Word is that Donald Trump claimed genetics to be the reason for his business success.
So you either have the right genes for success – or you don’t. And if you don’t – you’re scrooood – (rhymes with Scrooge}.
Here’s what I believe: Success IS genetic – and you have the capability within to “turn on” latent or dormant genes – or to use the ones that are already on.
You turn your success genes on the same way you activate the success mechanism in your brain – by the positive use of your IMAGINATION mixed with positive FEELINGS.
Keep in mind, if you choose not to use your imagination for the positive, then by dafault you’re using it for the negative. Mix negative mental imagery with negative feelings and you get negative results. Mix positive images with positive emotions and you activate positive realities.
Pretty simple formula.
Sure, there’s “work” that goes into the success formula – but no work ever gets done without imagining it getting
Can anyone and everyone imagine and become shortstop for the New York Yankees?
Of course not.
Yet, oddly enough, Derek Jeter, the future hall-of-famer who played that position for the Yankees for nearly 20 years, has a book called The Life You Imagine.
Interesting, isn’t it? At a young age Jeter told his parents he was going to play shortstop for the Yankees. His parents encouraged this dream in him. They made no comments to him about being too small, not having the genes, etc.
The young Jeter went so far as to hang a Yankees jersey from the back of his bedroom door – and each night before sleep he’d lie there and imagine his future reality.
Did these “imaginings” set in motion or cause the young Jeter to “do the work” necessary to become the Derek Jeter that Yankees’ fans admire so much?
No one trains, works, writes, paints, sings, dances, swims, runs, walks, eats or makes love without imagining it first.
You may not think you imagine something before you do it – but if you stop yourself long enough to examine your process – you’ll see that you do.
The same goes with failure.
All of us have seen someone drop a glass or plate, or fall down – then exclaim, “I knew i was going to do that.”
Okay, how’d you know?
You knew because you saw a picture in your mind of it happening – and you didn’t take the time to change images before the slip happened.
The negative image you pictured became a reality.
Now, the billion doll-ar question:
Does Donald Trump have the genes to become President of the United States?
Perhaps, but I don’t think he really, truly imagines “with FEELING” himself holding that position – so I don’t see him ever sitting behind a desk in the Oval Office.
But forget about politics for a moment and ponder where you want to be, want you want to do or who you want to be.
Do so with positive feelings.
If you’re willing to do the above religiously, I’m willing to promise you one thing: you’ll start doing the things that move you in the direction of what you’re picturing.
How close you get to what you want depends on how often you mix imagination with emotion and action.
Here endeth today’s lesson.
author of Theatre of the Mind
P.S. I’m looking at having a POWER of IMAGINATION seminar this all. You like the idea? If so, make sure you prep yourself by getting my Theatre of the Mind program. Here’s what one reader recently said about the program:
“Theatre of the Mind gives the most incredible boost to the world of CREATIVE imagination. Visualizing images and such works, but the examples you gave really turbo-charge the experiences in the mind – and change your outside circumstances much more smoothly and rapidly. Incredible.”
D.H. – Des Moines, Iowa