'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.
Great 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.