The purpose of today’s article is not intended to serve as a psychological reference guide to how the brain works by processing information. I choose to leave that work to the experts! This is not to serve as a guide or “mojo” booster to get you to “think big” as many motivational speakers may promote as their general slogan or catch phrase. This is to get you to understand in general the significance of “thinking better” by implementing your imagination, which ultimately will help you in placing greater value on yourself.
As stated, every individual was designed with a specific purpose which must be released to serve mankind and ultimately assist in expanding the kingdom of God here on earth. Although each purpose is unique within every person, it becomes limited by how we choose to see ourselves and by what we choose to believe about ourselves on a consistent basis! Do we believe what God says about us or do we believe what others say? We must not only choose to see ourselves the way God see us, but we must believe what He says about us is the truth and final word. We must become conscious of what is cultivating our belief systems. Past experiences, associations, and your surroundings all contribute to your belief system which affects your mindset. The exciting reality of this is that two of the three of these contributing factors can be changed at your discretion. Depending on the severity of your past experience it may take a little bit more time to overcome but make no mistake about it, you can overcome your past. Every individual has been given a leveled playing field. We have all been given the same measure of faith in which to expand the kingdom (see Romans 12:3).
Again quoting the late business philosopher Paul J Meyer, “Whatever you vividly imagine will ultimately come to pass”. It goes without question that what you consistently expose yourself to contributes to what you see (imagination), which affects your belief, which leads to your actions, which results in a lifestyle. If you surround yourself with failure and excuses, you then create a clear picture in your mind for failing in your own life. When you begin to saturate your thoughts with not achieving in life, everything you put your hands to accomplish never comes to pass because you have already played out in your mind that you will fail at whatever it is you set out to do. This is not God’s way of operating therefore it should never be your way of operation. Whatever you paint on the canvas of your imagination will come to pass, if you believe and take action on it!
Genesis 30 gives a powerful example of the use of imagination. In this passage of scripture, Jacob made a bargain with his father-in-law Laban to be released from being his servant after having served him for several years (see Genesis 30:29-30). We later see that the agreement made between the two was for Jacob to separate all the spotted and speckled cattle and the brown cattle among the sheep and the spotted and speckled among the goats as his wages for his serving throughout the years. In the end if after going through the flock, any animal that was not agreed upon as his wages would be considered stolen. What we see next shows us how powerful imagination is and how it will ultimately produce what you consistently give attention to in life. Jacob tapped into the power of his imagination! Look at verses 37-43 closely as it shows us this principle of using your imagination at work, even among cattle!
And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree; and pilled the white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled and spotted. And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban’s cattle. And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban’s and the stronger Jacob’s. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and donkeys. Praise God! Anything you set your mind to achieve, coupled with immediate action in making that thing come to pass will manifest.
One of the keys I’ve found to be necessary in order to manifest what you imagine to come to pass is to take the conviction that you simply refuse to lose. You must make the decision that you will move forward regardless. Regardless of any opposition, any setback, any trial or test that comes across your path. One of my mentors once told me that I must adopt a “laser focus”. A laser focus is having such an intense focus on implementing the necessary process on accomplishing the goal in mind that like a surgical laser beam, you mentally cut in half ANYTHING that attempts to get in the way of your success.
The great inventor Thomas A. Edison was once asked after having failed over a recorded 1,000 times in inventing the light bulb why he didn’t just give up, in reply he simply said, “I have not failed 1,000 times, The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” Wow! Where would we be today if he had given up on his imagination?