Imaging Modes and Goal Setting

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You may wish to set some goals for yourself as you progress through this course. Goals can be very useful especially if you believe in them. I recommend that if you do wish to set goals for yourself, that you do so according to your innate imaging mode. Your internal imaging mode is just that: how you image internally. When you close your eyes, what do you "see" with your mind's eye? What you see and how you see it makes a difference in how you set and achieve goals.

There is a continuum of internal imaging that extends from nonimaging at one end to rapidly changing imaging at the other. We do all imaging modes at some time, yet we tend to prefer one mode to others, settling on one to the virtual exclusion of the others. Let's look at how you prefer to internal image, and maybe learn some things that could assist you in setting goals for yourself.

Here is a simple imagery I use to determine internal imaging mode. You may read this to someone else to determine their imaging mode or have someone else read this to you to determine your imaging mode (the "< >" signify instructions to the reader that are not intended to be read aloud).

"Close your eyes for a moment... Imagine a table <pause for 3 seconds>... Imagine a vase on the table <pause for 3 seconds>... And 5 red roses in the vase <pause>... Imagine you could walk up to the vase and smell the roses <pause>... Tap the vase and listen to the sound <pause>... Now, step back and change the roses to another kind of flower <pause>... Now, change the color of the flowers to another color <pause>... Now open your eyes fully present and in the present moment... <pause>"

Non-imaging - If you had difficulty seeing what I told you to see, or you saw nothing at all, you probably do non-imaging. You probably image internally in another sense other than visual. To make imagery work for you, you may need to keep your eyes open. You probably tend to imagine only things you are familiar with.

Fixed imaging - If you followed the imagery exactly as I directed you, and had trouble creating a different flower to replace the roses and had difficulty changing the color of the flowers, you probably do fixed imaging. You can hold an image internally for a long time without disturbance from outside influence. When you "get the picture" you will hold onto it and not be dissuaded by additional information to the contrary.

Changing imaging - If you followed the imagery exactly as I directed you, you probably do changing imaging. You can hold an image in your mind and adjust that image easily as you are presented with more information about it.

Rapidly changing imaging - If you could see internally what I suggested, yet wanted to add more to the imagery, became impatient with how long the imagery was taking, or had difficulty holding the image, you probably do rapidly changing imaging. You tend to flash on ideas as rapidly changing images rather than to build scenes to hold on to. You have an insatiable appetite for more information, yet you tend to release or forget it as you move on to new things. You tend to be very imaginative, yet find it difficult to put imagination into action without assistance from others who do not share your style of imaging.

Here are some ideas about how you can set goals according to your imaging mode: Non, Fixed, Changing, Rapidly Changing

Non Imaging -

• Set short-term goals that you know you can achieve.

• Keep setting goals no further out than 3 months or so -step-by-step, each goal within view of the last.

• Measure goal achievement by the direction you are going rather than end results.

Join others (fixed or changing imaging mode) in a common direction.

Work out the details as you go along.

Like rapid imaging, non-imaging people will need to start often.

Fixed Imaging -

Set long-term goals with a few "marker" goals in between. Be certain of your goal from the beginning - follow your head, rather than your heart.

Measure goal achievement by end results - then set the next goal from there.

Set goals years or lifetime out.

Changing Imaging

Set long-term goals and review them occasionally to see if they need to be adjusted slightly.

Renegotiate your goals accordingly.

Measure goal achievement by end result, based on initial intent and subsequent information.

Adjust your goals accordingly - follow your heart rather than your head.

Re-measure achievement often - annually or semi-annually, sometimes more often.

Rapidly Changing Imaging -

• Set intent often, hold goals as ideas.

• Start several projects repeatedly.

• Avoid concrete goal measurement.

• Start again and feel good about yourself.

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