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The Power of Your Imagination
I am sooo passionate about encouraging you to use the power of your imagination to pursue a life you love and to chase after your dreams. Sometimes our ability to dream becomes interrupted by illness, hardship, and other life stuff and we tend to lose our ability to dream and simply focus on surviving.
You Have a Calling
I totally believe that God has given you a divine calling, a good and beautiful destiny, designed to improve the world around you. He has instilled you with gifts, talents, and, dare I say…desires in your very DNA that move you toward your unique purpose. Life has a way of trying to detour us. Stuff seems to get in the way. Reality check, we all have to work through some level of hardship, loss, discouragement, and naysayers. The list is long.
BUT…guess what? Every human is also gifted with a superpower. That’s right…SUPERPOWER, BABY! This superpower helps move us forward even in the hardest of times… (drum roll please) it is the power of your IMAGINATION.
Your Imagination is a Gift
No one has to teach a child to imagine. As Infants and toddlers, our brains develop the ability to remember, and as our memory improves, we begin to imagine. A toddler may remember their mother cooking supper last night, and later will pretend and IMAGINE they too are cooking. Imagination is essential for adults, too. You should never believe imagination is only for children.
Even though you may not recognize it, you, my friend, use your imagination every day. You Imagine what supper will taste like, what your wrecked car will look like repaired, how you will feel when that big project at work is finished, or how great your vacation will be.
Yes, our imagination helps us get up every day because we have imagined something that is yet to be. Even the modern-day self-help seminars will tell you to close your eyes and picture what your dream realized will look like. The more details you can IMAGINE, the better. Where will you live? What job will you be doing? Who will your friends be?
Famous People Who Use Their Imagination
The popular Rachel Hollis has recently created a journal where she encourages you to write down your goals every day as if they have already happened. She talks about how she implemented this concept in her own life. For years she would write, “I am on the New York Best Sellers list,” and she would IMAGINE what that would be like. Guess what? She accomplished that goal last year with her book, “Girl Wash Your Face.”
Years ago, Elon Musk, the famous technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer, sat in LA traffic and IMAGINED a better way to travel. He later designed and began to build the hyperloop system that sends passenger pods through tubes at high speeds, making travel faster and more efficient.
Your Imagination Helps You Create
Why on earth do people invest in college, create businesses, or purchase properties? Why do they invest in IRAs, retirement funds, or move to new places? Because they IMAGINE what life will be like in the future. They go to college to get a degree or create a business because they have IMAGINED a life they feel will be satisfying and prosperous. People invest in IRAs and retirement funds because they have IMAGINED a future in which they are financially prepared.
We need to be people who use the power of our imagination, people who think outside the box, and dream of something that isn’t yet. Imagination makes you feel alive; it drives us to keep moving forward, to keep taking steps toward our future and our dreams. Our imagination allows us to envision what life will be like when our goal is realized.
Dust Off Your Imagination
I love to talk to people about their dreams. Sometimes people will tell me they don’t really have any dreams, but I believe they are there. Maybe they are covered in dust or buried by life, but inside each of us, somewhere, there is a dream. For some of you, you may have to make it a point to take time to dust them off or dig them out. No matter your age, I encourage you to take time out every day to start to define your dreams. Start by using the power of your imagination. IMAGINE… if you could do anything with no constraints, no barriers, all the money you needed, all the resources available to you…What would life look like? Where would you be? Who would you help? What would you create?
Use your superpower of IMAGINATION to DREAM!
Here are some resources to encourage you on your journey:
Podcasts: You can find so many inspiring podcasts. If you have an iPhone, simply click on your podcasts icon and check out all the great, FREE podcasts. Here are some I suggest:
- Marie Forleo podcast: She is fun and crazy and offers lots of inspiration.
- The Good Life with Stevie and Sazan: This is a new one for me…
- The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes: I can even get my husband interested in this, especially when Lewis’s guest is a sports figure!
I love to read. Here are some books that I have found to be super inspiring:
(Find them all on Amazon)
Books Written From a Christian Perspective and Geared Toward Women:
- Girl Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis
- What If… by Beni Johnson, Sheri Silk, Bill Johnson, Danny Silk, and 6 more.
Books written from a Christian Perspective and great for any gender:
- Born To Create: Stepping into Your Supernatural Destiny by Theresa Dedmon
- Dreaming With God: Secrets to Redesigning Your World Through Gods Creative Flow by Bill Johnson
Books for building a business:
- Crush It! Why Now is Time to Cash in on Your Passion By Gary Vaynerchuk
- Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography by Karen Blumenthal. *My Husband, Eric, read this Steve Jobs biography and found it interesting.
Go be inspired to live a Breaking Average Life!
If you have read any of these books I would love to know your thoughts. Of course, I am always looking for the next inspiring read so if you have any you would recommend, let me know in the comments below.
Want a little help starting to figure out your dreams? Check out this post, How to Start Following Your Dreams, and download a free 100 Dreams printable. Or head over to Focus on the Family website where they feature a great article written by Shana Schutte called, The Power Of God-Given Imagination.