I accomplished something today that I had never done before.
For some time now my S-10 pickup (otherwise known as Little Bit) has needed a recharge on its refrigerant. And even though I had the tools and had researched the method on the Internet, I put off doing it. Frankly, it was intimidating. I mean, what in the world is a low side port? ‘Low side’ means it’s coming out the bottom of the engine, right? I don’t want to be crawling around under the truck. And it sounds terribly complicated. Oh, wow – the engine has to be running while you’re doing it? No. No, no, no, no. That sounds dangerous. It sounds like you have hands where things are moving or getting hot.
So I let my imagination run wild, coming up with scenarios and questions that let me keep procrastinating. And now my brother needs the quick-connect nozzle back. (He’d loaned it to me, since he’d just recharged his own refrigerant.) So I had to get it done.
Turns out, recharging the refrigerant is absurdly simple. Took less than an hour, and now my vents blow cool air when my temperature gauge is on the cool setting.
See, our brain and subconscious mind don’t actually know the difference between something we remember that’s real, or a situation we’ve imagined and visualized clearly. So imagination is a powerful tool, and it can be used to help, or to hinder. When was the last time you tried to talk yourself out of doing something by imagining all manner of difficulty and obstacles… and then had to do whatever-it-was anyway, and found out it wasn’t near as hard as you were thinking it was going to be?
Think about that – think hard. And then consider how much you can potentially achieve if you devote your imagination to visualizing how easy, how smooth, a task can be.