IMAGINATION

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Why just use our imaginations to dream big? Why not use it to accomplish what we want and use it to reach our goals?

We often only use the left side of our brain when we plan our goals. We use our logic and we use our ability to make lists and plans. All that comes from the left side of our brain. In this blog, I am going to write about the 5th step to riches; imagination (According to Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich). “Man’s only limitation, within reason, lies in this development and use of his imagination” – Napoleon Hill. I want to write about creative imagination.

I often linked being creative to being an artist, a writer, a painter. That was wrong. Creativity comes in multiple forms. You can be an executive working in an IT company and still be highly creative and imaginative. I work in project management. You would think that would be very logical kind of work with high organizational skills and planning. It is! But I found that using creative imagination helped me a great deal when I was fixing projects that weren’t going well.

The idea is to use the right side of your brain, the side that deals with intuition, creativity, imagination and so on. Imagine for a moment, that on top of using your planning skills, you would add a whole new layer that can help you achieve your goals. A creative imagination will help you find solutions you would never have thought of before. If you only focus on the logical side of things, you will always end up with the same results because you will always do the same thing. You know the quote by Albert Einstein: “Insanity is: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Do something different and add this whole new aspect of your self. By using the right side of your brain, you are allowing yourself to trust your gut and your intuition. You are opening a new connection to a whole new world.

Creative Imagination is like a muscle, if you have not used it a lot in the past, it will need to get developed through practice. In the 2014 version of this book, Sharon Lechter uses as an example J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter. We all know the story, but do you think she would have succeeded without creative imagination?

You already know that I am a huge fan of making SMART plans. I am the perfect example of the person who uses logic to get things done. I would use my creative imagination in my daydreaming but get back to logic in my daily life. Once I realized the importance and the liberation I would feel from using my creative imagination, I started wondering how do you activate it and then train it (like a muscle)?

TRICKS TO ACTIVATE AND USE YOUR CREATIVE IMAGINATION

  1. Use a stress ball in your left hand.
  2. Use Mind Mapping to create your lists and plans instead of lists in an excel sheet.
  3. Write. You can write in your diary or write short stories or a blog.
  4. Write or draw with your left hand. It won’t be pretty but it will activate the right side of the brain.
  5. If you are up for it, learn a musical instrument.
  6. Read this book: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way is a book to help you unleash your creativity. I always wanted to draw but was never very good at it. But I realized while reading this book that it made me feel good to draw even if it was just for me. Now that I am using this whole new muscle (the right side of my brain), I find I use it in my daily working life with its daily challenges.

Get creative; find new ways to use your imagination.

Sophie

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