EMILE Coué, the French psychotherapist, once said: “When the imagination and willpower are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.”

You can programme yourself for success by understanding the power of imagination. Imagination builds cities, it makes dreams come true and can drive a lot of people to success.

We know that imagination and rationalisation don’t go with each other so well. When you dream, the right hemisphere of the brain and your subconscious mind are working and usually, you feel peace, you see compelling pictures and you hear beautiful sounds. Success is within your reach.

But the problem is that the left hemisphere of the brain is also working and usually tells you “you can’t do that”, “it’s not for you”, “You don’t deserve it or “you are crazy”.

The truth is that you are unique and your contribution is important. You can make a difference and achieve success.

There are some “tricks”, proven methods and techniques to programme yourself for success. To do that, you must bypass your conscious mind. When that is done, your subconscious mind takes over. You can freely dream and visualise yourself winning the game of life. This is what successful people do, and you can emulate them.

The three components in programming your mind are:

Relaxation

This is the first key to mental programming for success. As we start to relax, our brain wave cycles start to slow down and our brain enters what is called the alpha state in which the conscious mind has effectively fallen asleep, and our subconscious mind remains in control of our autonomic nervous system.

At this stage, the mind relaxes and the body unwinds. It is here where our thoughts slow down and we are able to restore, re-energise and empower ourselves and harness the power of the subconscious mind to help create long-lasting change. The alpha state is the gateway, the entry point that leads into the subconscious.

Visualisation

This is the second key to mental programming for success. Through relaxation, you enter a state of creativity which is essential for your success. You can introduce new thoughts and new beliefs to your subconscious.

Now you can hold the image of what you really want and act as if you already possess it. Remember, imagination rules your life, frightens you, excites you or undermines you. Pictures make you worry or they make you happy. Clear pictures and rich details of what you really want is one of the critical factors for your success.

Affirmation

This is the third key to mental programming for success. You can induce new thoughts and new beliefs in your subconscious with affirmations or suggestions. One of the power principles of the subconscious mind is the compliance principle. This means that part of your mind complies with where you direct it to go.

In the book, The One-minute Millionaire by Robert Allen and Mark Victor Hanson, one of the affirmations they encourage readers to repeat is: “I walk like a millionaire, I act like a millionaire, I’m a millionaire”. 

The first step to achieving what you want is believing you can get there.

You can programme yourself for success. It is all about using the same tools and techniques that high achievers use. Relax, visualise and affirm what you really want out of life. You can win if you put your mind to it.