What do you want to accomplish? Where do you see yourself in five years? How do you want to live your life?
No matter what the answers are to those questions, the most important ingredient in your success is your belief in yourself.
But what if you don’t have the experience, the skill, or the knowledge? Is it possible to still believe in ourselves? I didn’t believe in myself when I was growing up. Being blind and an albino had me feeling left out and isolated. I wanted just to function as a regular person in society, but how could I do that without simple eyesight? I didn’t have the experience and I understood that I didn’t have the ability. I had to believe in myself, anyway.
1. Use the power of imagination to believe in yourself.
I was stuck because I couldn’t see and I felt that that was a hindrance for me. So what I did was, I used my imagination to see. I caused myself to see even though I didn’t have the stimulus to see. And when I did that, the world was just as real to me as if it would be if I could see. In fact, it was more real because it was the way I wanted it to be.
I had lots accidents, bumps, and continue to get better every day. Today most people have no clue that I’m legally blind. I am more functionally mobile that most people because I was able to use my imagination (with memory, intelligence, intuition) and created a world in my mind that I could then easily navigate.
So how does this apply to you?
Let us suppose you are a brand new sales representative in a company. The first thing to do is not see yourself as being brand new. You have to see yourself five years into future as a top performer. And visualize that to infinite detail...
Don’t just understand that intellectually, but what would it taste like? What would it smell like? What would your day look like? What would your environment be like? What would your relationships be like? What would your health be like? What would your spirituality be like? What would your thoughts be like? What would you be wearing? Who would you be in relationship with? What would your daily regiment be? See that in such infinite detail that you forget that it is not real.
And when you forget that it is not real, you realize it is real, for it has manifested.
Your imagination may get you into a little bit of trouble, but then a little bit of trouble is what life is all about!
Many times that means you don’t listen to people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Here’s a tip: Most people have no clue what they are talking about.
As I was growing up and getting to know the city, I was first shy to ask people for help. But when I did ask people for help in terms of getting directions, I realized that most people have no clue where they are. It’s surprising, but true. Some people would give me the wrong directions and make my life much worse. However well-intentioned, I eventually learned to trust my own judgments, instincts, and have faith, rather than rely on strangers for directions.
Ultimately, I had to believe in myself.
While you may already believe in yourself for navigating the city, what don’t you believe in yourself about? What are your dreams? The first step is to use your imagination, and believe in yourself.
Let’s love the world together...
[)anish /|hmed, blind visionary
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P.S. This article was inspired by my good friend Lee Jenkins. Check out his Think & Grow Rich Facebook Page.