When I was a child, I lived in a world of imagination. Well actually–my rich, vivid imagination began as a response to my life. When I was about 8 or 9, my mom became ill. Her illness is a story for another post. But, it served to help me develop the skills of imagination I use to this day.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― quote attributed to Albert Einstein
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― quote attributed to Gloria Steinem
Having a vivid imagination is crucial to success. To succeed one has to be able to see it (what that success looks like in our future), to make room for it (envision what needs to be done to gain it and to work at achieving it) and to accept it as possible. That’s what imagination does for us.
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” — quote attributed to William Arthur Ward.
It sounds like a platitude. Easy to say, difficult to achieve. But if you can’t see it, can’t imagine it or dream it, it becomes pretty much impossible to succeed.
This is not to say that you can magically have anything you imagine or dream without any effort at all. And, sometimes you put all your effort and faith into something and your path leads in a different direction than your initial goal. However, many times the process will lead you to where you need to be.
Just for today, practice the skill that all children have. Imagine your goal, daydream about it, meditate upon it, pray over it, then take the necessary steps to achieve it.