How did you start your morning, this morning? And last night? How did you end
last night? Did they include a healthy dose of daydreaming?
Daydreaming is a “a series of pleasant thoughts that distract one’s attention
from the present.” Another word for it could be visualization. I find most people
are comfortable with the idea of daydreaming while visualization throws up
barriers in their minds. Let’s go with daydreaming.
How might you use that series of pleasant thoughts to your advantage? Spend
five minutes each morning enjoying the accomplishment of a goal, handling
gracefully a tense situation, walking the beach in your dream vacation, being
fully present in your conversations. The goals you’ve set for yourself in the
various areas of life, see yourself in them, experience the feelings of joy and
satisfaction. If the daydreaming doesn’t stir up joy and satisfaction then
change what you are envisioning.
Daydreaming is a happy thing.
At night, imagine your next day as going the way you want it to. Peel your eyes
away from the electronics of television, computers, and smartphones. Harness
the glorious mystery and power of your mind by actively imagining for a few
minutes that which brings you joy and senses of success and satisfaction.
You might find it hard at first to wrestle the few minutes away from the chaos of
living to be still and purposeful. You might think it silly to do and without value
or impact. You would be wrong. My friend and mentor Jack Canfield says that
visualization (daydreaming) may be the most underutilized success tool we possess.
We are fooled when we think because it is available to all, we don’t have to buy it nor
install it on our computer, and it can be done anywhere by anyone, it must not be of
much use. How wrong we are with that line of thinking.
Are you willing to test it out for yourself for thirty days? If twice a day seems
too much to commit to, then once a day? Will you do that for yourself? I want to
hear your experience with it if you daydream consistently for thirty days. You can
email me with a reply to any of these Monday encouragements.