"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." - Albert Einstein
Your imagination is perhaps the most important aspect when trying to achieve a fitness goal. It really is literally the workroom of the mind where all your plans are fashioned. All great discoveries, inventions or accomplishments started in the imagination.
How can the imagination help you become more fit? First, there are two types of imagination; synthetic and creative. Through synthetic imagination you can rearrange or combine existing concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This facility creates nothing, it merely rearranges existing ideas into new patterns. This type of imagination is used mostly by inventors.
The creative imagination is the faculty through with "hunches" and "inspirations" are derived. All basic or new ideas are generated through this type. It works through the conscious mind when powered by a strong, burning desire. The more it's used, the stronger its abilities become.
In most people this faculty has become weak and underpowered though it does not disappear completely. Like any skill, it must be practiced on a regular basis to grow stronger.
Mostly you'll use the synthetic imagination to reach your fitness goals. Transformation of your burning desires for fitness into real-world results requires the use of a plan, a set of step-by-step ordered actions to reach your fitness goal. These plans are formed with the help of the synthetic imagination.
Once you have used your imagination to bring forth a set of detailed plans based upon your fitness desires, you've given concrete, physical form to your non-physical desires. Remember that the moment you transform your non-physical desires into a set of written, details plans, you've actually taken the first step enabling you to convert your thoughts into their physical counterparts.
And once you get an idea or thought in your head centering around a fitness goal powered by a burning desire, it becomes larger and more powerful under its own power. You give life and action to them and they take on a power of their own to sweep away all obstacles between you and your goal.
Ideas powered by the imagination are an unseen force that will drive you to the successful conclusion of your fitness goals.