On May 26, 2012, I walked across a commencement stage as an MBA graduate. Before it happened, I walked the stage 1000 times—in my mind. I saw this day in my mind’s eye beginning in 1993, when I dropped out of high school.
That year, three events changed the trajectory of my life: I completed my GED, became a certified nursing assistant, and adopted a practice that helped me grow from an insecure high school drop-out to the confident woman I am today. The practice is called magical thinking.
In this article, we’ll explore magical thinking, what it is, and how it works, so you, too, can use it to fulfill your dreams.
What Is Magical Thinking?
Magical thinking is the belief that thinking and visualizing something can cause it to occur. Positive affirmations, visualization, and belief are the three components that make up magical thinking.
Let’s break down each component:
- An affirmation is anything you say or think. It is defined as the assertion that something exists or is true (source). Affirmations can be both positive and negative. “I hate my thighs” and “I am grateful for my strong thighs” are both affirmations. One of these affirmations will run on a continuous …read more