“Your automatic creative mechanism is teleological (having a purpose or directive principle). That is, it operates in terms of goals and end results. Once you give it a definite goal to achieve you can depend upon its automatic guidance-system to take you to that goal much better than ‘you’ ever could by conscious thought.
‘You’ supply the goal by thinking in
If your muscles need to perform some motion to bring about the end result, your automatic mechanism will guide them much more accurately and delicately than you could by ‘taking thought.’ If you need ideas, your automatic mechanism will supply them.
mechanism, you must think
of the end result
in terms of a present possibility.
The possibility of the goal must be seen so clearly that it becomes ‘real’ to your brain and nervous system.
So real, in fact, that the same feelings are evoked as would be present if the goal were already achieved. “
PSYCHO-CYBERNETICS, Maxwell Maltz, M.D., p. 223