Your Powerful Imagination
It is a common belief that the human brain is somehow empty
at birth, and as the child begins to grow and receive stimulus,
the neurons start making connections. Science is now discovering,
however, that the reverse may be true. The infant is actually
born with many more neuron connections than most adults have.
It may be that learning does not happen by making neuron connections,
but rather by "weeding out" those that are not used. If this
is true, then we are all, literally, born with brilliant minds
and we must "use it or lose it."
In the first weeks of life, most babies will babble every
possible sound imaginable. Yet, these children will later
lose the ability to create sounds that are not a part of the
language they have been trained to speak. Therefore, the child's
environment will play a tremendous role in brain development.
Scientists claim that in our society the average individual
uses only 5 - 10% of the brain's potential. Imagine what your
life could be like if you were able to stimulate your mind
into activating even a small portion of that unused potential!
Begin by asking yourself:
1. If I could have anything at all, what would it be?
2. What would I need to do to attain it?
3. What stops me from doing those things now?
4. How can I overcome those challenges to attain the life
These questions move us into the realms of imagination and
positive thinking -- the qualities that will allow you to
awaken that other 90% and keep those neurons firing! Now you
might say to yourself, "I already have a positive attitude,"
or, perhaps "that positive stuff doesn't work -- all I need
is willpower!" But the following demonstration proves that
the imagination is far more powerful than willpower can ever
Okay, ready for the test? Gather all of your strength and
"willpower." Be sure NOT to do the following … here it comes
… DON'T think of a red firetruck!!
You automatically thought of a red firetruck, right? This
is because when the "will" and the "imagination" are in conflict,
the imagination always wins. Most people spend a great deal
of time telling themselves what they DON'T want, instead of
what they DO want. Even with every ounce of willpower they
can muster, they somehow end up with more of the same old
thing. That's because the mind works in pictures, not words.
Imagination is the secret ingredient of life. If people imagine
themselves "rich," regardless of the amount of money they
have, chances are they will be healthy and strong and live
an abundant life. If a rich man imagines himself poor or on
the brink of losing his fortune, it is likely that trouble
and sickness will plague him to the grave.
All that we are searching for in life is already present within
ourselves. The sooner we come to believe in the power of our
own imagination, the easier our lives will become. I challenge
you to stretch your mind to the possibility of accomplishment
beyond your present aspirations. What if, in an attempt to
reach your goals, you awakened the powerful latent genius
within? How would you feel if you found the cure for AIDS
or cancer? Think of the people who would benefit from your
achievement. The reality is that until everyone on the planet
imagines a world of health and vitality for all, there will
always be disease and woe. Take charge of your life now. Imagine
your way to health and happiness and it will be so.
Dr. Patrick Porter is an entrepreneur, award-winning
author, and motivational speaker. His electrifying keynote
speeches and seminars deliver the real life, nuts 'n bolts
concepts. For more information go to Patrick
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