It’s January! If you’re like many, you’re embracing the new year’s potential yet, there is a looming pressure about your responsibility in executing its brilliance. Between targets at work and the personal resolutions at home, studies show that 68% of the time, women get stuck in the details, the semantics, and the day-to-day tasks keeping them mentally, physically, and emotionally stuck and unable to achieve the life they’re wanting – yuck!

It’s no wonder that out of the 59% of North American’s who make new year’s resolution, only 8% succeed. What if this year instead of goal-setting, action taking until you’re exhausted or getting overwhelmed out of any action, you could use something you’ve already had experience with in your life?

Napoleon Hill, the forefather of self-improvement, once said, “You will never know what your capacity for achievement is until you learn how to mix effort with imagination.”

The imagination in my opinion, is a missing link between achievement and spinning in circles. It’s been referred to as the “workshop of the soul” by psychologists and influential motivators. I like to call it, “the mastermind of the spirit”, and “the producer of the impossible”.

So why do you think we don’t use it more? What is it that makes us doubt the efficacy? Far too often, it boils down to fear. Usually the invisible architecture of fear is the very thing that keeps people in their comfort zones, which are, in truth, the furthest place from comfort to live in.

What if this year, you could use your imagination to navigate through this year’s challenges and action steps, while enhancing your own energy?

There’s a reason yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices have flourished over the past 10 years, yet the one piece that still hasn’t been connected for the general public is how to take those practices and integrate them to create the life you really want. Isn’t it interesting that after you’ve meditated, done yoga or used a visualization practice you feel energized, inspired and clear on what to do next? Have you ever considered how to integrate that feeling into creating your ideal life? Imagine, (no pun intended), if you knew how to take the clarity and vision you receive after doing these mindfulness practices and put that energy into a practical application to create your best year yet?

Still not convinced?

Consider this, do you really think you would have a desire if you weren’t meant to create it? When you have that desire and you don’t take action to create it (based on the reasons you’re telling yourself you can’t) what has happened? You keep generating those same feelings of pent up frustration, self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy, the very reason, your comfort zone isn’t comfortable! Seems crazy and yet that’s what our society has been conditioned to do.

So in this article I’ll give you 5 simple steps you can read and integrate the use of your imagination into taking action. Then I’ll take you one step further by inviting you to free online support, just to ring in the new year with everything you could need to create your best year yet!

Here are the 5 simple steps to integrate your imagination with taking action:

1) Take 15 minutes and situation yourself in an area where there are no distractions or potential interruptions. In this 15 minutes, you’ll actively engage your imagination.

1a) Take the first 5 minutes to work on your breath.
You can use this guide line for breathing – it’s the mechanics behind yoga and most meditation – Count to 4 on your inhale, pause for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, then pause for another count of four. Don’t skip this step, it is what allows your mind to relax and effectively engage your imagination and alpha brain waves, the state of mind that you are most creative in.

1b)Take the next 5 minutes to consider what you have, that you do not want anymore. On a piece of paper, write, “What I do not want anymore:” and then list as many specific aspects of your life that you want to stop having in 2017, within 5 minutes.

For example: I do not want to keep struggling with money. I do not want to eat badly. I do not want to stay in my dead end job. I do not want to be in a loveless marriage. I do not want to be alone and single. I do not want to be tired. I do not want to be a hermit. I do not want to be fat. I do not want to keep fighting with my family. I do not want to be in debt. I do not want (fill in the blank).

1c)Take the next 5 minutes to consider what you do want (as specifically as possible) for 2017. On a piece of paper, write, “What I do want in 2017” and then list as many things as you can think of, within 5 minutes, that you do want in your life in 2017.

For example: I want to feel sexy. I want lots of energy. I want money to come to me easily. I want a great sex life. I want to be physically lighter. I want a stellar job. I want a loving marriage. I want to be happy. I want to be active with my friends. I want to have fun with my family.

2) Look at your list of “What I do want in 2017”. If there are any statements that you wrote down that are not written in the positive, remove them. Then circle the top 5 you want to have in 2017.

3) On a new piece of paper, write the specific top 5 list “What I do want in 2017”.

4) Post the list of “What I do want in 2017” somewhere you’ll see it everyday – your bathroom mirror, your bedside table, the ceiling above your bed, for example.

5) Each day before you fall asleep, instead of thinking of your day or the things you have to worry about, instead imagine what you want.

Fall asleep thinking of what you want. You don’t have to know how you’ll get them, in fact stay away from thinking about the how at first. Only focus on what. Do this for a full week, every day.

I mentioned earlier that I would invite you to free support after giving you 5 simple steps. So here’s your formal invitation where I’ll provide you with free support you to use your imagination in a practical way, making your life easier, your desires achievable, your personal relationships deeper, and your money magical. Sound lofty? That’s exactly why so many people are struggling.

Instead of going straight to doubt, I’m inviting you to re-train your imagination and your internal narrative to believe in your dreams, take action on the dreams and spark your creative resources to attain your greatest year yet!

Are you with me? Great! Here are the initial steps for you to accept this invitation for your imagination to make 2017 your best year yet!

Imagination 101:
1) Click Here To Obtain the FREE Imagination Engaging Done For You Template
2) Answer The Questions Openly & Honestly and Follow The Steps
3) Join the FREE Imagine Nation Facebook Group where you’ll receive a plethora of support, tools and motivation for your best year yet – we’ve just opened the group to start this movement, so share it with your friends and family if they could use help in this department too! (We’ve just posted this today, January 2, 2017 and will be adding to it daily…we’ve got a lot in store for 2017 and it will all be about slow and steady, with awesome connection!)

This year can be a special year.  2017 can be the year you combine imagination with action. It can be the year you throw down the confusion, excuses and overwhelm and instead use your imagination to finally craft your slimmer sexy self, your relationship reality, your money magic, your startling success.

Are you imagining it yet? Invite it in, play with this in your mind for a nanosecond – will I see you on the Imagine Nation Facebook Page?