Does Coach Dantonio’s imagination run away with him or does his imagination lead him to his accomplishments? What role does our imagination play in our future and in what we actually accomplish?
It is the images we put into our mind that activates our mind’s subconscious computer, creating a ‘subconscious destination’. This destination was useful when we were learning to walk and to talk and to emulate our parents and others to become socialized into society. It is rare that we accomplish anything without having envisioned it first. This envisioning or imagining moves the subconscious into completion mode, which acts as a goal machine moving the person toward the image created. The more vivid and repetitive the image, the greater the chance is of completion.
Coach Dantonio knew the benefit of a vivid positive image when he visited Pasadena in May and made his prediction. His team was coming off a 6 loss season in 2012. To believe he would compete with his team in the Rose Bowl the following year required a leap of faith.
It began in the mind as a thought, was accepted into the subconscious as an image, and activated by a plan. Coach Dantonio’s plan was to find the inches, the small incremental changes required to win games. It appears Coach Dantonio did his job by letting his imagination run away with him and ending the season with a coach of the year award and the 100th year Rose Bowl Championship Trophy.
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