Success Begins With Imagination

“What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake

My wife thinks “dreaming about things” is nonessential. She’s a doer rather than a dreamer. And I love that about her; we make a great team because sometimes I get far too caught up in the dreaming…

I know a lot of people like my wife: a bit of a skeptic, quick to point out the reality of any situation and even quicker to argue that “hard work is much more valuable than dreams.” I don’t believe hard work is any more valuable, but I’d go as far as to say equally beneficial.

Yes, we need to take action but what action do we take if we don’t know what we want? More simply, what road do we take if we don’t know where we’re going?

1989-RandMcNallyDo you remember those old Rand McNally Road Atlas books that your grandparents would keep in the car for all those boring road trips you’d go on (or maybe you’re too young – if you are, they were what we had before GPS)?

If my grandparents and I were going somewhere my grandpa would insist that I tell him what roads he needed, so I had to learn how to read one early on. He’d say, “we’re going to make our first stop in Medford, [OR] – tell me how to get there,” and he’d point to where we were on the Washington State Map, “we’re here. Now, show me you know where we’re going.” I’d have to open to the state of Oregon and point to Medford so he knew that I knew.  

lfa_statemapLIFE IS LIKE THAT! “Imagination, (or dreaming), is the equivalent of a modern day GPS; it tells you where to go, based on the knowledge of where you want to end up.” (Tweet This)

Believing in your imagination, and dreaming about who, or what you want to be, helps counter the doubt too!

why?I highly doubt Walt Disney ever said things like, “that’s not reality,” or “that will never happen,” or “that’s not how the world works.” He’d say, “Why not?”

When Russell Wilson was interviewed prior to his second appearance in back to back Superbowl’s, he asked his team, “Why not us?” Which soon became a team slogan used by many of the team’s fans. 

“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream of things that never were; and say ‘Why not?'” – George Bernard Shaw

Wilson and Disney were not born with magical powers. Neither was Michael Jordan, or Madonna, or even Steve Jobs. They easily, and often times let their imagination run wild. 

Do it today – let yourself IMAGINE. Tell the universe what you want and then, when you know what you want…get to work. 


Why? Image, is used courtesy of the photographer: Art Poskanzer

The One Thing You Need to Do, to Change Your Life

Things don’t always go the way we plan. A human’s greatest desire is to be happy, so when things don’t go the way we plan…. we put all of our energy into the why. We don’t take any time to consider what we could have done differently. Instead, we tell anyone who will listen (or everyone we know) what happened and how it makes us feel. 

It’s natural to want other people’s support; we want to feel allied in our circumstances. We want to know that people feel bad for us and that someone cares. We want to feel like we’re not alone. The only problem is: 

It limits our ability (and desire) to take action and create change. 

I’m fairly certain you know someone like that right? We all have one in our lives: a person who complains about everything. But what they don’t realize is that sympathy and respect are not mutually exclusive. 

“There is no victory in being the victim.”

People don’t respect you because you have problems, they respect you when you attempt to overcome those problems. There’s no winning for losing…unless it forces you to change.

A situation doesn’t change because you talk about it, it doesn’t get better because someone feels bad for you, situation gets better when you take action.

So what actions can you take?

You only need one… and the rest will fall into place. DECIDE. 

Decide that you will not be a victim.

Don’t give a situation more power than it deserves. Change is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be permanent.

Now is not forever…

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