To make a quantum leap means to open your mental boundaries and use your imagination. That's what Einstein did and that sure got his ideas noticed. He was a great proponent of giving time and space to visualize, to make the impossible possible. Think about his quote:

Do what Einstein did. Find a place and lie on your back. Look up at the sky, the stars. Too cold outside, peer out of the window. The sky and stars will find you if you let them. Now, just take deep breaths and let go. Can you do this for fifteen minutes, or perhaps a half hour. Good.

Now go about your life and let the wonder of the world seep into your cells.

Your mindset right now may still be flawed by doubts and fears. You, me, most of us have not been trained to think in bold new ways. Yet, research indicates that we only use, maybe ten percent of our true potential.

I was just thinking about the time I karate chopped a piece of wood in two. I was in a group of twenty people and ten of us had the chance to "chop" while our partners held the wood boards in front of us.

My mind said "impossible."

I watched as other moved, seemingly effortlessly, to make the one piece of wood into two.

My turn. I took a deep breath and said to myself "If they can, I can." The secret was to keep imagining I could do it, to see it happening, not stop at the wood, just see my arm and hand go totally through the wood, kind of like a golf swing.

When I saw, heard, felt the wood break apart I entered a new time in my life. I knew at that moment that I could do more, much more than I ever thought. I could climb mountains, run marathons, make a difference.

I learned to shut the skeptical part of my mind and let my rational mind play second fiddle to my dreams. You can too.

Your doubts are anchored in old patterns of thinking. Years ago, as a little kid you, I, everyone began to lose the wonder and accept the "be careful" mantra.

Sure, you don't want to run into oncoming traffic. That's not what I'm talking about right now. I'm talking about suspending your skepticism and disbelief that what you want, what you dream about is just a little kid fantasy.

Just stop believing those old, outdated ideas you've been carrying around about your personal limits. See yourself succeeding. Imagine succeeding.

Go ahead, get ready to write the book, run the race, take the job, start the business in your garage (you won't be the first).

Give yourself the present of you. This is the time of year to do it.

Dr. Sylvia Lafair is President of Creative Energy Options, Inc. (CEOinc.), a business consulting company. Dr. Lafair is a recognized leadership expert, executive coach, and award winning author of Don't Bring It to Work, GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change and UNIQUE: How Story Sparks Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement.

Published on: Dec 22, 2016
Like this column? Sign up to subscribe to email alerts and you'll never miss a post.
The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.