Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the eighth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation through imagery.
Now that you’re moving well along the path of living the life you’ve imagined, by becoming aware of your internal attitudes, beliefs and cognitions (what I call the ABCs of Imagery), you’ll find your behavior begins to shift, developing more in alignment with your highest good. When this starts to occur, you may also notice that some people in your life don’t like you upsetting the apple cart. When you shift the status quo, it frequently makes other people uncomfortable.
When this happens, beware of the Energy Vampires, the Wicked Witches of the West, the Grouches, the Gremlins, the Ogres and things that go bump in the middle of the night. They may not want you to grow and evolve.
Instead, surround yourself with people who support and nurture every step you take. Imagine in your mind a personal Board of Directors, Shareholders, champions, or your own cheerleading squad. These people and characters can be living or dead, real or imaginary, or they can be role models you want to emulate. One thing unites them all: they care deeply about you and want to see you soar.
Mark Twain said “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people can do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.”
And it’s true. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
Next week: The fertile soil for all future possibilities.