It made me do a double-take.
Yesterday my son, Frank, and daughter, Faith, were
watching their favorite cartoon: Sponge Bob – Square
I was reading and responding to emails from people in
my coaching group when I heard a number of powerful
phrases coming out of the television.
“I’m going to use my imagination. I’m going to imagine myself
on the big screen,” I heard one character say.
I looked up and the cast of cartoon characters were staring at
a big screen. I was stunend. The writers for Sponge Bob were
showcasing a staple of Psycho-Cybernetics called “Theatre
of the Mind.”
Seeing this as an opportunity to teach my son something important,
I started a conversation. “Frank, did you hear that? They’re talking
about the power of your imagination. They’re letting you know that
your imagi-nation is the most powerful nation on earth.”
Frank looked at me and said, “It is?”
“Yes, it is. Not only that, but do you know what the biggest room in
our home is?”
“Uh, the toilet,” he said, making a joke.
“Good one, Frank. But that’s not the answer. The biggest room in our
home is the ROOM for Improvment. And you improve your life first
and foremost by using your imagination. You imagine what you want before
you do something so that you can create the result you want. Your imagination
is your creative power center. When you imagine what you want in the form
of a mental picture or movie, then add a lot of emotion into the picture – you
can create the thing you’re imagining.”
“Nobody ever told me that BEFORE,” said Frank.
“I’ve told you this before in different ways,” I said.” But today I’m giving you
a bit more on the subject because you’re ready for it. Let’s take your favorite
football players as an example. Take Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Joe
Montana. All these great quarterbacks don’t just practice. They don’t just work
out and train hard. They also imagine what they want. They form a mental image of
throwing a touchdown pass BEFORE they throw the ball. And because they
imagine what they want first – they get very different results from the quarter-
back who is merely throwing passes.”
“When I’m playing I imagine the score is 68-24. I played in one game where the score
was 85 to 72,” Frank shouted.
“You must have scored everytime you touched the ball,” I said.
“Oh yeah. Oh yeah. And in one game I’m going to kick a field goal.”
“How about you put 60,000 fans in the stadium when you do it,” I added.
“Yeah, and it’s the game winning field goal,” he said.
“And after you drill it through the uprights, the crowd goes nuts. They’re
cheering your name and your teammates are carrying you off the field.
How do you like that one?” I asked.
“COOL,” he exclaimed.
“Just remember this: You don’t just imagine. You train your body and
you imagine. And when you do BOTH at the same time, that’s when you
are on the way to greatness. You don’t just jump rope and run sprints
and do pullups and situps. You imagine what you want WHILE you do
The above might sound like nothing more than a conversation with my
son about how to become a great athlete. Yet, the very same thinking
applies to anything you want in life. You imagine what you want first.
And if you combine physical training with the use of your creative
imagination – then look out. You’ll be in a league of your own.
Now that my son has heard about the power of his imagination, I’ll be
teaching him more and more details about how to picture things in his
mind – on the big screen, like Sponge Bob – as well as in the arena of
Six years old is a good age to start. So is 26, 46, 76 and 96. It’s never
too late to start tapping into the creative power of your imagination.
In January, Rev. Dr. William V., told me that after 51 years of marriage,
applying the principles of Psycho-Cybernetics has deepened his relationship
with his wife. “You wouldn’t believe that after 51 years a marriage can go
deeper,” he said, “but ours defniitely has. What you are doing is amazing.”
Put the creative power of thought to work in your life.
Discover the secrets that will bring the greatness out of you. They’re in Zero
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See Yourself at Your Best,
P.S. Very soon I’ll be making room for more people in my Psycho-Cybernetics
Power Coaching Program. Stay tuned.