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Young people are highly idealistic. Once captivated by an imaginative ideal, they tend to play out this ideal for the rest of their lives.

When President John Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country" he was setting forth an imaginative ideal. This ideal captured the imagination of the youth.

As a result, many of them joined the Peace Corps or engaged in other activities to fulfill this ideal which had been laid out for them.

Behind every action is an imaginative ideal. It is the strength of that ideal that determines how strongly motivated the action is.

The seed for all creative ideas is your imaginative ideal. Your imaginative ideal will surface for you many very specific ideas which are well-targeted and go in the direction of your ideal. Dwell on any one idea long enough and that idea will propel you into action.

It doesn't matter who a person is--how old they are, what their gender is, or what their background is--all people operate with an imaginative ideal which lies just behind their every action.

What determines the strength of the ideal? In a word--focus. The more you focus on your ideal, the more motivated you are.

Ideals lead to ideas and ideas that are dwelled on impel action.

It cannot be overemphasized that it is the strength of your imaginative ideal that determines the degree of your motivation.

Always go forward focused on a high imaginative ideal and you will always go forward in life highly motivated.

©Edward Abbott 2002-2005