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MYTH WARRIORS! - “We cannot create what we can't imagine.”

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Courtney Elizabeth Anderson

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In the MYTH WARRIORS™ series we are targeting ideas to begin to assess whether they are credible or not (i.e., they are a myth, fallacy or even a lie). The target for this episode is, “We cannot create what we can’t imagine.”

Imagine: “Form a mental image or concept of:”  (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/imagine) Create: “Bring (something) into existence:” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/create?q=create)

Are we able to bring something into existence that we are unable to form a mental image or concept of? No. 

One of the challenges in my mentoring and coaching practice has been working with clients who put up the wall, “I don’t know how to do that!” Once a client states that they have not done something and do not want to do something it is virtually impossible to move them forward toward meeting and surpassing their purported goal. A client states, “My #1 goal is get a full time job with great benefits.” I am excited for them! Then they state, “I am exhausted with the games and lies in job interviews. It is all a big game and I am sick of of it. I refuse to complete one more job application. I refuse to submit another resume.” Okay.

If a person is not going to form a mental image of themselves as a successful job applicant and they refuse to engage in any action to bring their goal into existence, will it happen? It could. Someone could bring them a “perfect” job! It is possible. It is not probable. The client does not imagine themselves as a “successful” job applicant (only a “failure” who wastes time on interviews, applications, cover letters, etc.). 

This is not a myth. So, you need to start imagining yourself surpassing your goals!