“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

The last entry ending with a description of and homework for “capture.”  Did you do a capture around a goal and why it is important to you?  Here is my capture for why I intend to return to my optimal bodyweight by the end of this year:

  1. I am tired of being tired.
  2. I want the energy and vitality to really live my life again.
  3. I want to be able to jog again.
  4. I want to be able to play tennis again.
  5. I want to compete again in running road races.
  6. I want to look great in a swimsuit.
  7. I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
  8. I want to run with the bulls in Spain.
  9. I want to be around to play with my grandchildren.
  10. I want to feel attractive again.
  11. I want to feel great about my appearance on stage when I am working and performing.
  12. I want my family to be proud of me.
  13. I want to feel energized and strong.
  14. I want the energy to live my dreams.
  15. I want to feel how great it feels to be an athlete again.
  16. I want to buy a new elegant wardrobe at my ideal weight.
  17. I want to see the wonder in the eyes of people when they see me again.
  18. I want my mother to see me in shape again while she is still living.
  19. I don’t want to get diabetes and this runs in my family and being overweight makes it much worse.
  20. I want to live a long life and have the energy and health to really enjoy it.

That may be enough for this entry.  If you read those over, you will find that some of these are things that I want to move towards – positive motivation – and some of them are things that I want to move away from – negative motivation.  When I was first studying NLP they taught us both positive and negative motivation strategies.  The also taught us to create a compulsion – a place where you are simultaneously driven away from what you do not want and pulled towards what you do want.  Although I am not going to create a near phobic response to what I do not want, something that is within my skills, I am going to use the power of negative motivation strategies to make it more sure that I achieve my goals.

How about you?  Did include things that you do want and things that you don’t want in your capture?  If not, go back and add more.  By the way, my list above was not consciously ordered; these are the top 20 items that came to me automatically when I asked myself why I wanted this goal.  Are they in the order that is most important to me?  Probably a little bit yes and no – but I don’t care for the purposes of this exercise.  This capture has given me more than enough material to create a great compelling vision.

More about Vision and Backstory

Remember how I had that vision, starting in 1985, about retirement before the age of 40?  I also shared that for years, I had no idea how I was going to make that early retirement happen.  I was working at HomeClub, which had become a dead-end job after the buyout, and I was desperate to get going again on my life.  I needed a new career! (This was many years before I learned all of the job-hunting skills that I have now.)

So I got sick.  Not intentionally, but I had been working so many hours and I had been under so much continual stress with my divorce and custody battle and job, that my body eventually said and I quote: “That’s it!  You are grounded.  You are going to have heart palpitations and be unable to work until further notice.”  And that is exactly what happened.  The medical term was “Devil’s Grip” and although it is not a heart attack, it feels like one with the additional fun that they keep happening.  I had this almost daily for a month.  Now that is a wake-up call.  During this wake up call, I read lots of books – much as I do now.  Two of them changed my life forever.

In a used bookstore, I bought a random box of books.  Mostly fiction, my first love, but some of them were nonfiction.  In the nonfiction books were two treasures: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger.  I had never heard of either of these guys or their works, but I read them both.  I read them and got excited.  I read them and realized that I could make my vision come true – my vision of early retirement.  Looking back, I believe I was meant to find those two books.  I was calling out to the universe looking for answers and out of a multitude of possible books, these were presented to me.  Presented to me at just the right time, when I desperate enough to consider a change and I had the time to really ponder and absorb the information.

Coincidence?  I don’t think so.  I think it is the power of a strongly held vision.  I think once you have a compelling enough vision,  a vision around a goal, a vision that includes so many powerful reasons why, you will find a way and the universe will lend a hand.  Do I know this to be true?  Personally yes and for my clients yes.  Can I prove it?  No.  And I have no reason to do so.  This is one of those beliefs that serves you to hold whether or not it is true.We will talk more about empowering beliefs another time.


Go back thru your reasons why for your goal and make sure that you included towards (positive) and away from (negative) motivating reasons.  Next entry we will actually look at my vision created from my reasons why.  Oh, and Benjamin Franklin?  He changed my life too and next time I will talk about him and his many influences on my life.

Bye for now…Jack

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~Albert Einstein