One of my nephews went through a period of starting virtually every sentence with the word ‘imagine’ when he was about 7 years old. ‘Imagine if the dinosaurs actually DID actually come back to actual life.’ ‘Imagine what it would actually be like to have a fly’s actual eyes.’ (He also liked to cram as many ‘actuals’ and ‘actuallys’ into these sentences as possible, as you may have noticed!)
His flights of fancy would take him to some pretty amazing places and as endearing as it was, it has to be said that conversations were often taken to some pretty exhausting conclusions!
When was the last time anyone actively encouraged you to just ‘imagine’? AND what’s more, when was the last time you were encouraged to use your imagination as a potent business development tool? As adults, we tend to slowly move out of the world of the imagination – and when we don’t we’re likely to be regarded as ‘dreamers’. But what’s wrong with dreaming anyway?
As the very clever and rather perceptive Albert Einstein said,
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Nice eh? If that’s not an endorsement of the power of imagination, then I don’t know what is!
Change of any sort always begins in the imagination first off and THEN gradually filters through into decisions, choices and new practices. So if you want to change the future of your businesses the place to START is by imagining a better one and yet, this incredibly potent tool which we all have at our disposal, is often under-utilised or completely ignored and we waste one of our most precious resources.
Every success and every achievement begins life in the imagination, so actively building ‘dreaming time’ into our schedule seems to me to be an entirely valid way of conceiving the future for our business.
I’m a great believer in the power of imagining and while you may say I’m a dreamer (sorry, seem to have slipped into John Lennon territory… sing along now….) not that long ago I could only imagine a world where I could create a business out of my combination of skills, talents and experience but this is now my reality. Not that long ago I could only imagine being able to connect with clients around the world from the comfort of my home office but now this is a reality. So to create the world we want for ourselves we simply need to follow Napoleon Hill’s three steps – conceive it, believe it, achieve it.
So I’d like to share with you how you can use this enormously powerful resource which is at your disposal, ready and waiting. So, get yourself comfortable and in the right space to allow your thoughts, dreams and imagination completely free rein.
Now, just imagine….
Imagine reaching your business goals and achieving all the success you seek and deserve. Imagine it – I mean, REALLY imagine it – see it, feel it, experience the emotion of it. THIS is the first step in charting your business destiny. Create and hold that image in your head.
Now, ask yourself…
- What do I need to do differently?
- What’s stopping me?
- What has to change in order to nurture this into a reality?
- What’s my next step?
Business planning doesn’t come more powerful or energising than this. The future IS what you imagine… so start changing the future of your business simply by imagining a better one.