Have you ever noticed how easy it is for children to imagine? My kids can erect an entire imaginary world, dismantle it in a matter of minutes and rebuild an entirely new one just as quickly. A child of 5 or 6 can imagine the most outlandish things and actually believe they can achieve it.
Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we tend to loose that ability to dream or at least reach for our dreams. If we are not aware of how to work through our failure and loss, life can have a way of knocking the wind out of our sails and causing us to want to give up on our goals.
If you’re trying to make a significant life change, imagination is an important part of that change. Why? Because you must be able to picture success before you reach it. For instance, if you visualize doom and gloom in your future, how possible do you think it will be to reach your goals?
Nobody starts a business and pictures the doors closing. Nobody gets married with divorce in mind. You start a diet and see yourself in that size 1 swimsuit, sitting at the pool in a Hawaii hotel sipping a Piña Colada. (A low calorie one of course)! Or the guys envision the sheen glistening off of the 6 pack. Basically we imagine where we want to be and then we put the plan in place to get there.
Here are a few barriers to imagination.
1. Doubt in the fact that you can achieve what you’ve set out to achieve
2. Paralyzing Fear of the unknown
3. Negative Language and self destructing prophecies
4. Lack of quiet time where you can reflect and vision
5. Preoccupation with past failures
Many of our World’s greatest leaders dreamt and imagined freedom and World Peace and many of them were willing to give their lives for the cause even if they knew they would never see it in their lifetime.
So my questions today are:
When last did you take time to imagine the future you want to see or the goals you want to achieve?
Is your life lens clogged with worries and the cares of this life, So much so that you’ve forgotten how to imagine a better you?
If so it’s time for action. It’s time for some childlike faith to step in so you can imagine again.
See you tomorrow.