Personal Development

How to Govern Your World Through Your Imagination


‘The world is governed by imagination.’ Napoleon Bonaparte

John Lennon challenged us to imagine. Walt Disney inspired us with his imagination that all began with a mouse. Monet forced us to see new visual interpretations as he splashed colour on to the canvas with his imagination. Beethoven filled us with awe as he scratched notes on to a manuscript with his imagination.

govern_your_worldGreat buildings were designed and constructed as a direct outpouring of someone’s imagination. Imagination created the Grand Canyon, the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and so much more. Our world is full of the manifestations of someone’s imagination.

So my question to you is this – how are you going to tap into the power of your own imagination to govern your world?

Don’t allow the imagination of others to rule your world. Take charge – for you have sufficient imagination to take full control of your own life.

‘Govern Your World’ Strategies

Here are few strategies that have helped me, and they might just inspire you.

Lock yourself away. That’s right. We live in such a distractive world fuelled by technology that no serious imagination can be tapped into if you are constantly interrupted by life’s noise.

There are a range of ways you can do this. Here are a few that have worked for me…

A. Hire a motel room for 3 days and take with you a personal development book that asks you lots of questions to spark a conversation in your brain. Also take with you a notebook and pen if you like to write, or a sketchbook if you like to draw. Maybe you would like to record your voice or even video yourself as you speak out your imaginary ideas.

A couple of books that I can highly recommend for this exercise are:

  • The Magic Of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
  • How to be Happy Though Rich By Peter Daniels

B. Take yourself to a quiet coffee shop for 1 to 2 hours each morning before you go to work and begin the process of designing your life by tapping into your imagination with the above tools at hand.

C. Spend time interacting with nature by taking long bush walks. Keep a notepad or your smart phone handy just in case and idea suddenly surfaces.

D. Read with purpose. Before starting to read a personal development book ask yourself the question: ‘What one idea in this book am I seeking to discover that will spark my imagination?’

E. Identify your passion and ask yourself, ‘If time and money weren’t an option how could I use my passion to make the world a far better place? What can be my contribution?’

F. Use this question when you start to imagine – ‘What if…?’

G. Read autobiographies about other imagin-eers and say, ‘If they could, then why not me?’

H. Interview those who are living the life you aspire to live and ask them to tell you their story – of where they were and how they got to where they are today.

Turn your imagination into imagin-action as soon as possible. Dreams are to be acted upon. Remember that ‘to begin is half done’, and as I read recently ‘the bad news is that time flies, but the good news is that you are the pilot’.

You are the governor of your world by tapping into your imagination.

Be the imagin-eer – the builder of your dreams and the creator of your extraordinary life.

Let me ask you a question: Imagine where you will be in 5 years. Where will that be?

Motivational Memo: To imagine is to conceive, and to believe is to give birth to great achievements.

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Peter G. James Sinclair

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  • I love the idea of the imagineering vacation. In fact, you’ve inspired me to take the vacation time I need from work to set this up. I’m going to use this vacation to reflect over this past year and prepare for the year ahead. And it won’t hurt to add some of your suggestions to my vacation agenda :)

  • Hi Peter,
    Thank you for the opportunity you have provided for so many beautiful people to interact with each other pleasantly and productively. I am, I believe comparatively somewhat of an old bat, (only 68)age wise in relation to many who have interacted with you. I pray therefore that I will be excused any errors in logic, scope,content and any -God forbid- pontification if perceived as such. Believe me Peter I loved using my imagination seriously:-) when I was around 3 – 4 years old (yes, in ‘sun suits’ check not the modern UV protected high tech ones.) It took me quite a while to realise a very very funny fact. I found that almost everything made by man almost always could be improved upon, in other words were flawed:-(. While almost everything not made by man was perfect, in other words could not be improved. For example and apple, strawberry, the sun, moon etc.,. This was impossible to accept as man was the most intelligent animal++ in the universe, was/is he not? If my goodness he was not, then and only then can such an impossible contentions such as I have mentioned be true. Now, Peter here is the real problem if all that man creates was not perfect and each human attempts to create for himself, his country and this planet what he has imagined what a humungous mess will he end up creating? Has he in fact not done so?:-(. So what’s next?
    Peter please forgive me if I have strayed out of line. I would love to hear your comments. With much love to all:-)

  • Always enjoy reading your articles, Peter!

    Whenever I want to touch base with my creative side, I either get into nature and let my mind wander and just sort of absorb the creative impulse that seems so much a part of the scenery, or else I sit down at the piano or with my guitar and mess around, improvising whatever I feel at the time.

    While I love reading biographies and autobiographies, I never thought about reading them as a source of creative inspiration. I’ll give it a try!

    Thanks for featuring Peter here, Steven. You are both sources of inspiration to me!

  • Indeed agreed, Peter. The strong wings of an eagle are meaningless to the eagle that forgets he has them. A strong, creative mind is meaningless to the individual who forgets he has it. When we trust ourselves and our superlative ability to create, our imagination runs free with ideas that support us. And yes, it took me conscious, consistent effort to overcome limiting self-talk to imagine-eer (love that!) my own life.

  • Being a personal development coach and blogger i frequently talk about using your imagination. I remind people that when they were children they would spend hours creating an imaginary world in their head, and they would go back to the places they created time after time. Why as an adult can’t you do the same. Everything i have, and everything i am i imagined in my head well before any of it was real.

  • Another great message Peter…..Recently I blogged about having a creative mindset instead of a reactive mindset. Many people (including my former self) get caught up in being reactionary to everything around them. Much to your point, using your imagination and being creative is like an energy force of productivity. Creativity also keeps the mind busy with positive, motivating thoughts and is very therapeutic. The trick is to be imaginative and creative in all aspects of our lives! I really like your point on reading with purpose. I read every productivity book I pick up w/ a fine tipped black pen and notebook beside me. I write notes in the margins and copy every meaningful point down for further contemplation. I believe in “using” the messages in literature, not just reading it and putting it down! If you haven’t read it, I highly reccommend, Your Creative Brain by Shelley Carson….I think you will find it inspiring and motivational for future creative (imaginative if you will) endeavors.

    Thanks as always,


    • Thanks Scott.Glad to hear that you read with purpose. It makes the whole process of reading a worthwhile and building exercise. Yes ‘reactionary’ – that’s a great word. Let’s rather begin to respond from a standpoint of imagination and see what wonderful things we will unveil.

  • The Magic Of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz is one of my favorite books and I rarely see it on lists or getting mentioned. It was first published in 1959! Step 1. Believe it can be done.

    Our imagination can only be slowed by us. The fertile ground awaits the seeds. Thanks for touching on something not touched on very much.

    • Thanks Rob. Glad to discover another lover of this great book. My original copy has been read so many times that it is in tatters. I just keep coming back to it time and time again. Appreciate your kind comments.

  • You might add to your list–spending time with children. I have just spent the morning with a very imaginative three year old! Or spend time with someone who sees the world differently–an artist, a blind person, a person whose first language is not yours. I get repeated imagination inspiration from my autistic son, who once looked at the tinsel on the the Christmas tree and said in amazement, “The Christmas spiders have been here!” Great post!

    • Thanks Galen for your fresh perspective on this subject matter. Yes children and other’s with a different point of view. Can I even add animals? Last night I spent time with two of my ‘grand-kitties’ that my daughter obtained recently. Last night by playing with these little feline additions I learnt a lot more about joy! And by the way I love ‘the Christmas spiders’ interpretation. I will never look at a Christmas tree again through the same set of eyes.

  • Hi Peter,

    I agree! My best ideas came when I took a break, or was in nature, in the shower, taking a walk. Not when I was working…

    And I should definitely invest more time imagining! Thank you for the inspiration :-)


  • What a wonderful post !!
    Truly, we are what we imagine and we are only limited by our imaginations.

    This article resonated closely with me. I often follow some of the ways you suggested for getting fresh ideas or to get new dimensions for a issue or an existing idea. Some times, I use long route travel also (trains) as my place for imagination. I carry my kindle with lots of great books and pick couple of those and indulge in pure reading. I also plugin headphones so that kindle can read for me in case of outside noise.

    About your points, surely great ideas for inspired imagination.

    Keep writing.

  • Hi Peter,
    First off Kudos to using letters instead of numbers in your post. You may start a revolution for guest-posts. :)

    I love the imagination, the imagination is actually a useful function that is caused by our brains ability to create.

  • Hi Peter,
    The effective use of ‘Imagination’ is one of my guiding principles. You have been creative with this post & I thank you for that.
    I often say……”Don’t just accept what is…consider what if”
    be good to yourself

  • Hey Peter, as Albert Einstein once said, “imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

    I think our imaginations play a massive role in shaping the world we live in, and the beginning of your post gives many examples of this.

    If you think about it, anything produced by humans once started as a creative idea. Our mind is literally the birthplace of social progress.

    I recently wrote a mini-guide on “The Invisible Counselor’s Technique,” it’s a popular imaginative exercise used for creativitiy and problem-solving.

    Basically you imagine yourself in a counselor’s room talking with different role models in your life (and they give you advice and insight on how you can improve certain things).

    Anyone who wants to know more about the technique can visit my site and sign up to my newsletter. I can’t explain it all here, but it can be a really powerful technique once you start practicing it. I’ve used it for my blog, my relationships, and other personal issues.

  • I totally agree with the getting away part. I get distracted very easily so I always set away some quiet time for creativity.

  • Thank you these thoughts Peter! They are something to carry with us every day as we create. I much admire the people who use their imagination in childrens stories, Astrid Lindgren with her Pippi Longstocking and several other characters, AA Milne with Winnie the Pooh, and Alice in Wonderland and so on. All these stories have a deeper message that makes the world a better place. And all are created in the imagination of their creators.

    • Thanks Tom – and thanks for taking me back to my childhood for a moment – yes the wonder of the imagination written by adults for children but which is carried into our adulthood – filled with fond memories.

  • Hi Peter

    This post is so uplifting – it’s so easy to get bogged down with day to day life.

    I love your ideas, which seem to centre around escaping from reality to get those creative juices flowing. I always find when I am on holiday that I feel very inspired about life.

    And someone gave me some great advice the other day: apparently, after meditation or hypnotherapy, your mind is at it’s most receptive for dreaming big.

    I am off to lie in a motel room and meditate for a double whammy!


  • Hi, being an aspiring product developer with a vivid imagination, I am now trying to take out the aspiring and put in imagin-action to be a successful product developer now. Taking steps this moment & the next to get my ideas from prototypes to being real products.

  • Great tips Peter.
    When I was growing up Walt Disney was someone I really looked up to. Tapping into the power of our imagination is vital if we’re going to try to stand out in a world overrun with information.
    Thanks for the great post.

    • Thanks Angela. You are so correct – that if we tap into our imagination – we can in fact find our ‘point of difference’ that will enable and position ourselves to be the one who is noticed. Great thought. And I noticed you for it!

  • I really like the idea of being off-site for these exercises. I think our public libraries, especially those that have private study rooms are underutilized for this purpose. I go to them on a regular basis since there are no pictures on the walls and no windows. This allows imagination to flow. Airplanes can sometimes do the same thing when the onboard movie is awful and the seat mates are not so social.

    • Thanks Clint. Yes off-site. As you have mentioned – even the up in the air kind- can be a great place to really focus and tap into those life changing thoughts that are waiting to be discovered and applied.

  • Hi Peter. I read the Magic of Thinking Big. It was a book that changed my attitude towards work and people around me, even with people that I didn’t like. It made me see, “What/ Who can this be?”

    • Great Haruki to meet another fan of that great book. When you can immediately apply what is found within the pages of a great book – that means it must be a great book – and you must be a great person for not just leaving what you read on the shelf – but for in fact applying what you’ve just read.

  • I’m a big fan of creating space for thinking about the important things in life. Sometimes you just got to get off that hamster wheel and take care of priorities.

    • Thanks Nick. ‘The hamster wheel’? Yes we have to get off and get on with it. Apply action to our dreams and our good intentions. Think then act. There’s the key. Great thought? Great action!

  • Hi Peter, I’m a big fan of the power of imagination. I’ve used it as a theme quite a lot on my own blog. I love your new ‘imagin-action’ phrase. But I’ve go to say that a lot of the trouble is that ‘to begin’ is to leave whatever it is half incomplete :) It is a lack of conviction, focus, faith that stops imagination becoming imagin-action. I firmly believe that we are all born with the same creativity/ imagination. It then becomes a degree of suppression (by well-intentioned teachers, parents etc etc) that stifle that capability. And then of course you need to have faith that your creativity + action will obtain the outcome you seek. Thanks for a great insight. Cheers, Stephen

    • Thanks Stephen. Yes – I love what you say about ‘you need to have faith’. Yes it comes down to belief and confidence in yourself. That’s what we all need to work on – and to surround us with those who can cheer us on. We all need a great support network if we are going to win.

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