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How ‘Imagination’ Helps Restore Your Motivation

Lack of it threatens your progress.

The beige carpet is soft on your face. You’ve never noticed it before. Why have I never noticed this before? you wonder. The answer is obvious. You haven’t had a reason to lay on the carpet face-first before. Now you do. So that’s something positive to take away from the experience. You quickly shove the silver lining aside though. It has no right showing itself here. Tears form in your eyes. A lone drop makes its way across your face.

You look in the mirror in front of you. It’s hard to see clearly. Your eyes are blurred by the tear’s counterparts. It doesn’t matter. After all, you can feel it.

Your cheek rests on the carpet. That’s where the tear wants to go. And so it does. Over your nose, along the bottom of your other eye, down your jaw. Then it hangs there for a moment. It wavers, deciding if it wants to make the jump. It does. The tear leaves your face and welcomes the carpet with a warm hug. It’s surprised upon its arrival. Wow! This carpet is really soft!

You pull your knees to your chest. You bring the hoodie down over your eyes. The fetal position is underrated. It really is quite comforting.


Carpet is great for catching tears

You’ve worked tirelessly for months. Each morning you’d wake up before everyone else. The room still dark, your face would glow with the blue light of your laptop. And in that silence, before the world knew what was happening, you’d work. You’d write. You’d get the words out of your head and into a structure you were sure would be a chart-topper. Yet ten months later, your book was done and no one wanted it.

So now you sit – rather, lay – curled up in a ball in front of the mirror. Doubt and despair your only companions. Your laptop rests on the nearby table. Your email is still open. Passersby would quickly be able to recognize its contents. Another rejection. Another one.

You have a lot riding on this book. Both financially and emotionally. Now you’re scared it will never be seen. Sure, your friends and family support it. They’re biased though. And besides, you don’t know the first thing about marketing. Working with a publisher is your only choice to get it into the hands of the masses. You hear a light tap close to your ear. More tears have dropped from your jaw. You know you need to get up. You know you need to keep reaching out to publishers. But after all that rejection, it’s hard to keep going.

You could really use a win.


A healthy dose of skepticism

Fortunately, you have healthy means for escaping. Namely, you like audiobooks. The tears now dry, you stand up. You grab a pair of headphones, slip on some shoes, and go outside. As the door closes behind you, you realize you forgot something: sunglasses. Don’t need the neighbors to see the streaks down your face. You run back in and grab them. The door closes for the second time. You take a deep breath and start your walk.

This new book you’re listening to is… odd.

It’s not the kind of non-fiction material you normally consume. You’re not learning about business principles or circadian rhythms. Rather, you’re learning about something a little more ambiguous. The mind. And like anything unproven with the mind, you are skeptical. You’re more of the seeing is believing type. Yet part of you is open to what the book says. So what, you think, I can sacrifice some logic. I don’t need to know the how. I’m not building a computer from scratch. I’m not a doctor. I just want to sell my book.


The weird recommendation of a friend

The issue you’re having is with trust. The book is more into the realm of mysticism than you’re comfortable with. However, you did your due diligence before buying it. It came highly recommended by two friends who not only read it but have been getting results. The book’s reviewers voiced similar experiences as well. As you now walk through the neighborhood, you focus on the words of the narrator. She talks of science and religion, spirituality and “the universe.”

It all sounds silly. But your friends are two smart people. They wouldn’t recommend something that didn’t work. You decide to keep listening. Among the nonsense, you arrive at a single interesting topic. That of your mind’s ability to bring about positive results. The book describes the process in detail. State to yourself exactly what you want. Visualize what that outcome looks like. Expect you will receive it. And finally, moving forward, continue to visualize that desired end result.

The narrator changes topics and you begin to daydream. You imagine what it is you want. You state it to yourself: I am so happy and grateful now that I am a published author. Then you imagine yourself walking into a bookstore. A store where, on a table right in the front, is a display of your book in all its hardcover glory. You smile to yourself. This audiobook may be a racket, but you like how you feel right now. So you make your way home.

You have some pitches to send.


The timing is suspicious

Some weeks pass and visualization has become part of your morning routine. Wake up, get dressed, visualize, email publishers. You’re not sure if it’s actually doing anything. However, believing in it has kept you going. Without it, you’re afraid you’d be back in the fetal position. And that’s a place you don’t want to return to.

One morning, something weird happens. Your inbox is filled with the regular rejection letters. But there, halfway down the page, are three emails in a row. The subject: In regards to your proposal – let’s talk. Your stomach knots. You open the first emailWe received your proposal and found it interesting. Let’s schedule a meeting to discuss further. You can’t believe it! You check the second email. It more or less says the same thing. The third email follows suit. Three positive emails from three different publishers all on the same day.

What are the chances?

As you wake up your spouse to share the good news, you can’t help but wonder: Is there really something to all this mysticism nonsense? Or was simply imagining a desired outcome enough to keep me motivated? You’re not sure. But you don’t really care either. All that matters is you’re getting published!


Author’s note

I can’t believe I wrote this article. I am the classic skeptic, unwilling to accept what I can’t physically observe. Yet skepticism aside, I’ve been visualizing multiple times a day for the last seven months (when I do something, I do it all the way). And from that, I can attest that things have happened. Positive things.

Is the mere act of imagining a brighter future motivating me to act today? Or is there something grander going on causing good things to materialize? I don’t know. Regardless, something’s happening for the better. And I intend to keep exploring the possibilities. If I’ve piqued your interest, I recommend the following books. They do a better job explaining all this than I ever could.

  1. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  2. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  3. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

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