Which do you do?
“Imagineering” is “positive engineering.” It’s literally CREATING the future.
Worrying is creating what you don’t want.
The mental capacity to imagine and see what you want is the essential step in maintaining your capacity to believe that what you want will happen. Do it often enough and it takes the worry out. Or every time you worry, use it as a cue to start the “Imagineering” process and see in your mind’s eye what you want.
Write down what you imagine. Don’t get trapped by thinking that you are protecting yourself from disappointment because you won’t get what you imagined. That’s a retreat from the world that draws to you what you worry about.
Every one from Einstein, to Edison, to Bell, and even Gandhi and Mandela, have told us to imagine what we want to see.
Imagineering takes us out of primarily left-brain problem solving of the immediate issues of our day to the more right brain capacity to create and imagine.
Imagineering lets us see what is known in faith, and it’s like pouring ice water on the amygdala of fight/flight, fear, and dread.
Your brain likes to imagine. It likes even more to be guided and directed to what you want to think and what you want to feel. It uses less psychic energy when we are much more complicit in what we are creating in our future.
Real or not, negative visualization from imagination, which is really worry, kicks the brain into the flight/flight response, and all of the stress hormones are let loose.
You can go through life on physiological high alert when there is really very little going on around you, except in what you have negatively created in your own brain.
Worry is creating negative pictures of the future. It creates anxiety and then the anxiety creates more negative pictures. We all know the cycle. But could it be a cue toward good?
For sure. Here’s how.
Begin to catch every worry or negative picture of the future and use it as a CUE.
Decide that this “worry picture” will be a cue for you to imagine something good.
Start imaging something good that you want in the future. Keep imagining it. Imagine it in great detail. Start planning around this event. Return to this image and refine it and change as you wish. Feel the feelings of already having it.
As you start imagineering, you will become aware that you also have to get clearer and clearer about what it is that you are wanting.
Very often anxiety is a sign that we are not in touch with what we are really wanting, that we are not clear.
Instead of worrying or making resolutions, try “imagineering” what you want.