Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States

Posted: 2017-12-24

Chapter 6 Imagination

                                              The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.-- Napoleon Hill

Every creation, every thing, plan or idea started with imagination.  Someone recognized a need for something different, whether to solve an urgent problem or just to have more fun and they went into the workshop of their mind and came up with an idea that they followed up with action.  

Imagination opens a doorway to what is possible, and we can choose to open it fully or keep it very small, limiting the ideas that we allow to come in.  If we let go of fear, fear of being wrong, fear of being laughed at, fear of failure, fear of trying something that is way out of the box, then  the door is open to an unlimited flow of great ideas. We  free ourselves to wander into new places, tap into mastermind energy or be open to hunches direct from infinite intelligence.  But the more fear we experience, the smaller the doorway, limiting our imaginations and the ideas and inspiration we receive as well as our willingness to follow up with action.

Fear also impacts imagination by putting into play negative emotions like anxiety, depression, jealousy or judgment.  The negative emotions cloud our minds, filling them with scare thoughts and warnings to be careful avoid risks, stay safe.  All of that shuts off the flow of ideas and convinces us not to risk  something new.  

We have all seen people who have just enough imagination to attract an invitation to download an ebook.  They sign on to MFF full of enthusiasm, expressing gratitude for finding the training and support they have been looking for to finally see some success.  They participate for awhile, and then disappear.  Maybe they got a few downloads, but could never reach the people by phone, or perhaps they got a negative response from someone, or got stood up for a coaching call.  

Whatever the cause, their fears set in,and they get negative, shutting down the flow of new ideas whether they are about marketing the ebook, new ways to approach people who download it,  or broader ways to see themselves via self development.  When that happens they also lose their enthusiasm and they talk themselves out of participating.  They have lots of good excuses, but the bottom line is fear shutting down imagination.

Recent brain research, reported in a book called Satisfaction by Gregory Berns, tells us that we feel the best about ourselves when we are challenged  by new ideas, accomplishments or activities. Since imagination is the workshop where we come up with these new ideas, the ones that challenge us and help us feel our best, it must be that using it regularly is what is needed to feel successful and good about ourselves. 

On the other hand, someone with a lot of fear and limited imagination, whose idea of a good time is sitting in front of the TV or surfing the internet, will not feel challenged or particularly satisfied with their life.  

How is your imagination workshop?  Are you happy with your life?  Do you feel challenged and like you are accomplishing your goals?  If not, maybe you are holding yourself back with old fears that limit your imagination, closing the door to what is possible.  Hill tells us that imagination is like a muscle, we lose it if we don't use it.  If your imagination is weak, commit to participating in the mastermind here at MFF, posting on this forum and interacting with others on the calls.  All of this will help you open the workshop of your mind to the multitude of ideas just waiting to be born inside of you.


Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA