Oh, goody, another birthday! As I turn 45 years old, I have been reflecting on my past, present, and future. My gratitude list that I reiterate every day is very long and I’m actually enjoying the wisdom gained as my life experience stacks up. It seems though that no matter how wonderful things are going, there is always one area of my life that bugs me – employment. Maybe you can relate.

I’ve been working since I was 14 years old and I have had good careers in the financial planning and non-profit industries. I’ve always interviewed really well and I never lacked opportunities to make a living. While it’s great to have the ability to land most jobs I go for, it also means that I’m susceptible to being pulled in different directions and confusion sets in with too many options. Why does this happen?

Because of the lack of imagination.

As I work with my publisher, continue to write my books and set the intention to grow my workshop business, I keep drumming up the perceived barrier that I will have to travel too much and be away from my husband. This ‘obstacle’ keeps me upset and allows other job offers to grab my attention because I unconsciously don’t think I can have what I really want. From now on, I’m taking time (even if it is just a few minutes a day) to visualize the lifestyle that I want. If one of the entrepreneurs I look up to, Marie Forleo, can have an amazing virtual company, I can, too! God/Universe is very creative and will help us with the components of what we are asking for but we need to be clear about what it is that we want to draw to ourselves. We cannot be sending mixed vibrational messages – I want it but I really don’t think I can have it.

All of us have something we really want to do – a venture that matches our desire for service with our passion – something we are really good at. Unfortunately, many of us don’t practice the ability to form mental images of things that either are not physically present or have never been conceived or created by others. We may allow the negative recurring tapes in our head to talk us out of our dreams. Sometimes we buy into the notion that we have to have all the details figured out before we are willing to take bold steps. I’ve noticed that most of us don’t visualize successful outcomes when it comes to our problems.

“Imagination is the constructive form of thought which must precede every constructive form of action.” Charles Haanel, The Master Key System (1917)

Definiteness of Purpose
is the starting point of all achievement.
Don’t be like a ship at sea without a rudder,
powerless, and directionless.
Decide what you want, find out how to get it,
and then take daily action toward achieving your goal.
You will get exactly and only
what you ask and work for.
Make up your mind today what it is you want,
and then start today to go after it! Do it now!
Successful people move on their own initiative,
but they know where they are going before they start.
Napolean Hill, Think and Grow Rich (1937)

Charles Haanel and Napolean Hill were among the first to write about attracting your desires. Why is imagination important? Because thinking about possibilities, being clear about our purpose and remembering that we are a co-pilot in designing our lives, raises our positive energy. We know from experience that if we keep our thoughts as fully assured as we can, that we will experience better results because our actions will be aligned with what we REALLY want.

How about you? What area of your life keeps manifesting the same undesired result? If there is a relationship or circumstance you want to change, change your thoughts (and thus your emotions) surrounding the issue and watch what happens!