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Video 13 - Directed Imagination

This is the Imagination Module. It is in fact, ‘directed imagination’ - your directed imagination.

I said at the beginning of the course that your directed imagination is a very powerful tool. And this is where you apply it, because, on their own these goals probably won't jump into action by themselves. You need to give them power or energy that you can then harness.

You should take a period of time each day. What seems to work very well -- and I’ve experimented with many variations of this -- is a five minute period. And it should be done in a relatively quiet place, or at least somewhere where you're not going to be disturbed.

When I was working in a corporation I commuted by train and I would use five minutes of that journey to do this exercise. The carriages of Tokyo’s trains are generally very quiet, especially the morning commute, and because most people speak in hushed tones – it’s perfect for this type of activity!

The exercise is to focus your imagination on what you would like to see happening, what you would like to feel and what you would like to do if your OG goal is coming true for you.

In reality, it doesn't necessarily have to come 100% true.

We did say the OG goal is something you aim at. There's a lot involved in achieving it. And in fact, you might never actually achieve it. It might start out as your direction, but your map can change as you go through life, as things happen. However, by doing this imagination work on a daily basis, you charge it, rather like a battery. You charge the dream up. You charge your imagination up.

Have in mind both your OG goal and your personal best goal as it currently stands.
When I start to think about what I might do to achieve my personal best -- in other words the 2,739 yen per day net profit figure -- then I can fuel my personal best goal here by imagining what I would need to do to make that happen.

By the way, I don't necessarily need to include the dumb goal in my daily imagining exercise because I'm applying this Kaizen approach whenever it pops into my awareness, or whenever I choose to focus on it. So I already know that's going to help me.

And perhaps during my daily imagining, my five minutes of daily imagining, I only have time to focus on the smart goal of creating this product. But I can certainly be asking myself the question: if I had this product created what would it look like? Is it a CD? Who is it aimed at? What's the cover of the CD look like? Is there a website? Is it a one-page website or maybe a five-page website?

Amongst all the information I’ve processed and read about and studied, I can start to let my imagination focus in a free form manner as to how I'm going to end up achieving this smart goal.

And also on what it's going to feel like. There should be some emotion in this process. You should feel something. It might be fear. It might be apprehension. It might be happiness. It might be excitement. It might be nervousness. It might be a lot of things, especially if it's a new goal.

And those emotions can be tapped; the energy can be tapped and flooded into creating the goal in the first place. Fear is often described as “False Evidence Appearing Real”. If you're not feeling fearful, you're probably not “pushing the envelope” enough. Your goals are probably not big enough. You can turn that fear around.

OK, now that five minutes will pass very quickly when you're in a quiet place, you're not disturbed, and you focus on what the Smart goal, the Dumb goal, the PB goal, and the OG goal might mean.

Repeat that process. Do not give up on the process. I think a lot of the secret of genius is basically ‘perspiration’! You've perhaps heard that saying, "Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration." Keep at it. Don't give up. And five minutes is a very, very short amount of time.

I would strongly council you not to go beyond that. If you start doing 15 minutes, one hour and more, it can become a real grind. You're also more likely to be interrupted and more likely to avoid taking action, mainly because you have this terrible weight of 15 minutes or 30 minutes of imagining.

Keep it short, keep it concise, and get into action.

If you regularly do this exercise you may be led to imagining how the other categories of your life would be impacted. That's perfectly normal. The fact that I chose a career goal for my OG goal on this course is kind of irrelevant, because it's almost certain that I will impact my family with whatever I had chosen.

And in fact, there is (a) reasoning behind my choice of career goal, and that is because I do want to have a positive impact on my family. If you remember, I wanted to be independent in terms of choosing where and how I earn my income and the time I spend on doing that. So there's going to be a positive impact - I can be with my family more often.

There might also be a negative impact - I might be with them too much (!), especially given the restricted space of Tokyo apartments. They are generally not big by N. American standards.

One of the (negative) things I'm not shying away from is that if I'm to avoid being at home too much, I might choose to have a small office within walking distance of my house. Not commuting – no more of being pushed onto rush hour trains; but a short walk to a nice rented office with an Internet connection.

Do you get where I'm going with this imagining exercise?
That may give my family and I the best of both worlds. What I am hinting at here is that your daily imagining exercise might wander into other areas. Sometimes I just let the five minutes take me into whatever comes up. It might be because I had something going on in my life at that time connected to my health or to spirituality or to my friends, and that can drive that particular day's imagining.

Another way to handle it is actually to choose a little cycle, a little routine. I have this routine whereby it's Monday to Sunday. You can have a weekly schedule and you can choose one (category) for each day. The way I normally do it is as follows:

That is the focus or the intent behind my five minutes daily imagination and it works quite well. If I feel like doing that, I do it. If I don't feel like focusing that day, I just do whatever comes up, but I do spend the five minutes.

We started out by focusing on one area of the goal creation map but other areas might also be impacted by this goal. That is fine. However, bear in mind what we said about goal setting, in that if you start off with setting goals in all these areas, you may end up taking on too much and you might find you are pressured rather than inspired. 

And you may drop getting on with some of these goals or you find it very oppressive when you start to think about the work and effort, and where you are, and how long it is going to take to get anywhere.

I would therefore encourage you to stick to just one primary goal in any given year or at least until you get close to achieving it. It may be that you achieve that OG goal very quickly. I honestly don't know in your case. In my case, I think it's going to take me a few years. However, the point is: focus on one. For me, it is the business owner career goal. What if you wanted to focus on others? Yes, you can do that.

I suggest you do something like this. If you find that you have a branch (called) “career”, you can copy and paste it to a new branch called “family”. Then go through the previous checkpoint exercises and add in the OG, PB, Dumb and Smart goals for this new branch. (If you are using a paper map then do the same thing, but using a pencil).
Do you get the idea?
I am not going to do it all while you are watching the video here. I'll do it when I stop the video, so you can have a look at it later. But I could have multiple branches here, seven or eight branches: career, family, another one for friends, another one for wealth and so forth.

And I can go through the same process that we went through earlier on: identifying the OG goal, the personal best goal, the dumb goal, the smart goal and some of the smart actions, which on my map can (optionally) be shown as additional maps, with their target key words.
Now this is where it can be a lot of fun. It can be very, very exciting and interesting. If you have gone through the first one together with me on the course, and you followed it through to the end -- there are a couple of more videos left to do that -- then if you feel inspired, start to work on one or more of the other categories and put it on the one map.

You will have a very powerful goal creation map for ‘changing your game’; bearing in mind that one of them will be a primary goal.

Checkpoint Exercise

Have a think about it and if you feel inspired to put one or more categories here that support the primary BIG goal you identified back in module #5 (“Your Success Bio- Map), add them into the map and go through identifying your OG, PB, Dumb and Smart goals.

Now that's a big step. It could take you a week or more to do this, especially if you have other things going on in your life. But complete the goal creation process for at least one other category.