1. Successful people always are exercising future imaging—they are always looking ahead and imagining the great places they are going, remarkable things they are going to be doing, amazing people they are going to meet. They refuse to be ordinary and constantly have a movie screen in their brain of how they see their life.
Below is an imagination strengthening exercise called The Theater of Your Mind from the book, The New Psycho-Cybernetics written by Maxwell Maltz, M.D. that offers a fun way to work on creating your dreams and desires.
The Theater of Your Mind
Step one: Take a pad and pencil and write out a brief outline or description of the mental movie you intend to construct, experiment with, develop and view in the Theater of Your Mind.
Step two: Set aside 30 minutes a day, preferably at the same time each day, to find a quiet, private place, relax, close your eyes, enter your Theater and begin playing, editing, replaying your movie.
Step three: Gradually, “massage” your movie so that its “star” (you) performs exactly as you desire, and achieves the experience and results you desire. Strive to arrive at this point the first 10 days.
Step four: For the remaining 11 days, play and enjoy that movie repeatedly without change.
2. Furthermore, successful people are constantly weeding– They are always weeding out unnecessary junk. Clearing clutter from their lives. Lack of clutter anywhere in your home, garage, car eliminates clutter in your mind. Then the mind is clearer and better able to focus.
3. Successful people also have relentless mental focus — Once they have set a goal, they do not deviate and do not detour. They have a “rage to succeed.” Again, that mental picture is set to where they are going.
4. Successful people are teachable. They have a high willingness to learn and a high willingness to accept change. They look for mentors and usually are one! Being teachable is an antidote for stubbornness.
5. And last, successful people, have a “Cow in the Ditch Attitude.” When a group of people were each asked how they would deal with a cow in the ditch in the middle of the road blocking the way. Many answers flew out. Some said, they would go get help. Others said they would turn around and go the other way. The correct answer is to get the cow out of the ditch. In other words, Do Whatever It Takes! Nothing is ever done until you do it. You’ve got to take action.
Therefore, the successful person will always have the belief, burning desire and intention to make a difference in whatever direction their purpose takes them.
Believe and You Will Succeed, Doubt and Go Without
—Norman Vincent Peale