I happened to read something put out by a motivational company. It stressed a sound psychological principle, that we can often act ourselves into feelings, rather than the other way around. If I'm feeling blah, getting involved in some activity can help to make me feel interested and excited.
It also talked about putting pictures of success into our minds, like visualizing. I think there's something to that. But because this was secular, it was talking about even using pictures outside of ourselves of things we'd like to get, like houses and cars, etc.
Those things are only consumer goods and aren't the really important things in life. But I was thinking about how the Church has always used that principle to motivate people to think of God and heaven.
Using religious images in our homes and offices is a way of keeping God in mind. I know that after a while I can get used to them and not really notice them any more. That's why praying with icons or other images is helpful, since it gives us a chance to focus more closely on that image. Thinking about our ultimate goal tends to generate thoughts and actions that lead us to it.
What do you think about this?