"Shake It Off and Step Up"

Lyndia Grant | 8/25/2010, 12:42 p.m.

Imagination - Principle #5

As you go about your day, think about ways things can be done better by using your imagination. All the breaks you need in life lie within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth, said author Napoleon Hill. He also said: First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in the imagination.

We've heard before: "Imagine yourself passing the exam or scoring a goal and it will happen." We may roll our eyes and think that's easier said than done, but in a new study published in Psychological Science, psychologists Christopher Davoli and Richard Abrams from Washington University in Missouri, suggest that the imagination may be more effective than we think in helping us reach our goals.

In order to put my small business on the map, in 1983, God allowed me to use my imagination to be the first to create a bronze bust of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. My imagination gave me the idea to have a sculptor design the bust of Jackson due to his historic run for the office of President of the United States. And whether he won or not, we know the enormous impact he made.

Therefore, I thought we should recognize his efforts. Today, 25 years later, the official bronze bust of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson is located in the headquarters of Operations PUSH in Chicago, Ill. I'm not teaching you anything that I have not experienced for myself. It works!

Notice how the imagination principle was used in this parable of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' -or-whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving.

Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened... and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit the mule's back ... a thought struck him.

It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up! This he did, blow after blow. "Shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up!" He repeated these words to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!

It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What appeared to bury him, actually blessed him... all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. If we face our problems, respond to them positively, use our imagination, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us.

May God bless us this week as we are guided by His wisdom, as we use our imagination to see what good has come from the distress that we have found ourselves in, "shake off the shackles and step up out of the wells" in which we find ourselves! And repeat over and over again, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Phil. 4:13

Use your imagination by meditating, think and listen to the voice within, God!

Lyndia Grant is an inspirational speaker, available to speak around the country. Call 202-518-3192, or visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com.