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See Why Without Imagination You Set Limits to Your Memories

14!  That’s the number of different circumstances John Lennon wrote about in the lyrics of his song, Imagine.

A few million hits on YouTube of one performance of the song would seem to suggest the powerful impact of imagination on people .

Imagine if the 14 things Lennon imagined were now memories because they became the reality throughout the world!

Maybe the importance of the power of imagination could be measured even more effectively.  Consider the word’s definition…

By one definition in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, imagination is “the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality.”

From another source a less wordy definition is “the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.”

Consider these definitions in light of the problem far too many of us face.  Yes, you too, probably!

We spend an unbelievable amount of time focused on our memories.b2ap3_thumbnail_j0182834  In short, we live too much in the past.

The solution to overcoming an emphasis on the past is to use one’s imagination more frequently.

In other words, creatively and resourcefully practice “the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality.”

You imagine so you can drive your thinking toward the future and what you are going to do to make your life even better.

The consequences of acting on those things you imagine will ultimately create powerful memories because you didn’t limit your thinking to the past.

What you have done in the past is only valuable to your future if you learn from those experiences and move on by imagining new outcomes in your life.

Applying your imagination is a skill you can learn and given its positive impact on future memories, becoming good at applying the skill is very much worth the effort.

Here’s how…

Follow Your Passion

When you know why you want to achieve something you can find the passion to use your imagination in developing your plan of action.  Imagination requires energy and your energy is driven by your passion for something.

Energize Your Endorphins

Endorphins are those little chemical compounds in your body that stimulate your sense of well-being and feeling good.

Frequent exercise is a very effective way to stimulate endorphins and activate your brain so you can implement your powerful imagination.

Don’t Run on Empty

A respected expert has some powerful approaches to stimulating your imagination.  Peggy Sealfon, a renowned life coach, makes some great points about the importance of keeping your energy level up and how to do it.

Create Imagination Time

If you don’t specifically plan to use your imagination each week, you will weaken its power.  Grab 15 minutes somewhere and do nothing but let your imagination run wild.  Plan to dedicate these 15 minutes at the same time and day each week…make it a habit!

Don’t judge what you are thinking during your imagination time.  Just let your thoughts go.

Grab an Idea

At the end of each imagination time, grab just one idea that gives you a visceral sense of passion and excitement.

First, do some appropriate research based on your idea.  Ask questions.  Listen to other people and how they may have applied an adaptation of your idea.

When you are convinced you have a great idea, build your plan for implementing the idea in the future.

Explore Your Avocational Interests

When you unplug from the daily grind and focus on a hobby or some other interest, you give yourself a chance to let your mind run in a totally different direction.  That change of direction cannot only be cathartic it also can free your mind to imagine new things.

Just as you should have a to-do list for other daily tasks so should you have some avocational interest included on that list.

Let your future memories not be limited because you didn’t imagine a better future today.face-372101_1280

What do you “imagine” you will do first in implementing one or more of these ideas?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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