Translation: If you have limited thoughts about yourself, you will produce limited results, “For imagination sets the goal ‘picture’ which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of ‘will,’ as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.”
So, his recommendation is simple: Why not imagine yourself successful?!? Maltz advises that you spend 30 minutes every day imagining yourself rockin’ it.
“Imagine how you would feel if you were already the sort of personality you want to be. If you have been shy and timid, see yourself moving among people with ease and poise—and feeling good because of it. If you have been fearful and anxious in certain situations—see yourself acting calmly and deliberately, acting with confidence and courage—and feling expansive and confident because you are.”
He continues: “This exercise builds new ‘memories’ or stored data into your mid-brain and central nervous system. It builds a new image of self. After practicing it for a time, you will be surprised to find yourself ‘acting differently,’ more or less automatically and spontaneously—‘without trying.’”
So, get on that! Imagine your ideal self facing the challenges you have in your life. Do this consistently and you’ll find your self-image shifting and your actions more and more effortlessly aligning with this higher vision of your self.