Be like a kid again and use your imagination
Have you ever wondered how children can sit through endless replays of their favorite TV show or movie? It amazes me that they’ll watch the same thing every day without a single complaint or request for something new.
What’s more amazing, though, is that adults do the very same thing with their days. The majority of people play “movies” in their heads day after day, relentlessly focusing on past events, most of which are unpleasant and disturbing experiences.
If they’re actually able to stop their contemplation of past events, then they allow impressions of their current surroundings and recent results to govern their thoughts. If they contemplate the future it is usually by worrying about it, or wishing that something better might come along. Then they wonder why bad things keep happening to them, or why they never rise above the issues and obstacles in their lives.
While it’s true that people are free to think anything they please, as long as they remain set in their ways, there is very little that can be done to change the unpleasant experiences that keep cropping up in their lives.
The study of the mind and its power is at last taking its proper place in modern civilization. Proper use of the mind and its various faculties will give you anything you choose. But the emphasis here is on the word “proper.” To move in this direction requires study and focused, consistent effort — with a good measure of creativity stirred in.
Just as the oak tree develops from the gene that lies within the acorn and a bird develops from the gene that lies asleep in the egg, so too will your achievements grow from the organized plans that first begin with your imagination. An image in your mind is the first stage of the creative process in life. From your imagination, your visions and plans arise.
In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill wrote, “You will never have a definite purpose in life; you will never have self-confidence; you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these qualities in your imagination and see yourself in possession of them.” He went on to say, “… imagination is the most marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”
There is a fantastic concept called “Fantasy – Theory – Fact.” The premise is that everything has its origination in the form of fantasy, which some adventurous souls dare turn into a theory and then boldly turn into fact.
It’s a process that has resulted in countless innovations and is what we guide our Thinking Into Results Program clients through. Over the course of six months, their minds do some phenomenal imaginative AND practical work, moving them into the “fact” phase with lightning speed.
You can use this same idea to let your mind play, starting today. Fantasize a much better life than you presently enjoy. Draft your future with imagination, ponder and calculate with intelligence and awareness, and knit it carefully. Then devise paths and find tools to help get you there.