When I was young (<10) I used a form of reverse IM that I didn't quite understand until my recent study of the concept.
When faced with an unknown, I would often think of all the negative outcomes, because I knew that the world was filled with enough variety that any possibility I imagined was likely not to happen. I remember doing this a lot, so presumably it worked enough for me to believe in it.
I would focus on the negative to--in a round about way--intend the positive. For example, if I was afraid of falling out of a tree, I'd imagine that as an outcome before climbing it, and feel safe in knowing that because I managed to consider that an outcome, the world would produce something different. The only problem I had with it was that just considering a negative didn't necessarily mean the outcome would be positive--only that it wouldn't be the negative that I imagined.
I'm not sure if this is just some sort of backwards logic, reverse IM, or what. I was young, cut me some slack.