Have you ever been told off for daydreaming? Well next time it happens just tell them that you’re not daydreaming, you’re “Imagineering”! And you are in great company!
Albert Einstein once said “Imagination is more important than knowledge”
Another Nobel Prize winner, George Bernard Shaw said “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”
Napoleon Bonaparte said “Imagination rules the world.”
And Eleanor Roosevelt said “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of
You can’t really argue with people like that, can you?
You see, everything that has ever been created by a human being has been created twice, first in the imagination and then, and only then, in physical reality. Everything you see around you, from your car to your house to your laptop and even that bottle of water on your desk is here because someone imagined it. So daydreaming is a pretty important activity!
The great thing about imagineering is that there are no limits to what you can imagine. The world inside your head doesn’t have to obey the known laws of time and physics – we can think what we like and then figure out how to do it after we’ve decided to do it. Think of many of the amazing things we have in our lives today, from TVs to mobile phones, from airplanes to laptops – a lot of these things would have been regarded as science fiction even 20 years ago! So it makes sense that things we think of today as impossible will be commonplace in another 20 years time so don’t let today’s reality limit your imagination!
This causes a lot of confusion for people who are inspired by the many Law of Attraction books around these days, because they often say “don’t ask how”. But they are talking about BEFORE you set the intention. Once you set the intention its all about how!
So the real beauty of imagineering is you don’t have to think about how things are now – you can never move forward if you are focused on your present situation – you have to move your focus onto what you want and in your imagination you can already be where you want to be! In your imagination you already have that amazing job, that gorgeous family, that fantastic car. Imagination has no sense of time and when you imagine, a part of your mind is already there. To test this, think of a nice ripe juicy lemon. Really think about it, how it looks, think of how it smells, imagine the sharp tang of the zest, imagine holding it in your hand and think how it tastes as you squeeze that delicious refreshing juice into your mouth… So tell me, is your mouth watering now? That’s the power of imagination!
There’s a big difference between daydreaming and imagineering and the difference is, as always, in the purpose. Daydreaming is the start of Imagineering but the real power comes when you start to turn the daydreams into action. Just daydreaming without purpose will never achieve anything, only you can decide what you want to achieve with all these ideas!
Here’s a great exercise to help you see Imagineering in action:
Think of something you’d like to achieve or a challenge you’d like to resolve. Now make a list of all the possible solutions you can think of, let your imaginations run riot and try to think of all the most ridiculous ideas. Have fun with it – the crazier and more exotic the solutions you can think up the better, try to get to at least 50, and if that was easy then try for another 50. And when you run out of ideas close your eyes and do some creative daydreaming and think up another 50! And don’t stop there either, when you think your imagination has completely run dry, put the paper down and go and do something fun, then come back and write another 50! What you’re doing here is stretching your imagination from its current comfortable state to a new boundless one! The ideas you had at the beginning were based on your current perception of how the world works, the ones you have at then end of the exercise are based on pure imagination and that is where the magic is. Once you have a great stack of ideas you can start playing with them and look at which ones actually might help you resolve your challenge. You will be amazed that the ones that suddenly look like the solution – they nearly always come at the end of the list!
People like Albert Einstein, Napoleon and Leonardo Da Vinci were able to change the world because they operated out of imagination, not out of their current reality – so they achieved things that no one ever thought possible. Wouldn’t it be fun to think like them?
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