“Imagination is more important than knowledge” said Nobel-prize winning physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the greatest thinkers of the past century. Dr. Einstein knew that the creative process begins with the use of our imagination.
Another great proponent of using imagination to make dreams come true and to solve challenges was Walt Disney. His entire business model was built on harnessing the powerful energy that can turn a concept into a reality. Virtually everyone reading this article has been touched by Walt and his team of “Imaginers.” One of the great Disney quotes on using our mind’s problem-solving powers to excel at what we’re doing happens to also contain the secret to outstanding achievements and success.
“Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man [woman] who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” If you’re interested in more motivational quotes by Walt Disney and some insights as to how he made dreams come true I’d encourage you to check out an article that celebrates his achievements in spite of the fact that he dropped out of school at the age of 16.
The process of using your imagination to improve your work and your personal life can begin by setting aside a measly 5 minutes during the middle of your business day. Think about a dilemma you’re dealing with or a breakthrough you’d like to make. Then find a quiet spot where you can be alone. Close your eyes, and practice imagining what you’d like to experience or achieve. This is a process some call “thinking from the end.” I call it “imaging the outcome that you desire.” For instance if you’d like to expand your property management business and you need more clients, then use that 5 minute meditative “time-out” to picture in your mind’s eye (another term for your imagination) the ideal client walking into your office and telling you that they need your help.
Picture it so clearly and see it in as detailed a way as you can until you literally feel the feeling of the wish fulfilled. Renowned psychologist, motivational speaker and super successful author Dr. Wayne Dyer writes extensively about this in his recent book titled “Wishes Fulfilled.” You may not be familiar with this technology but it’s been around for many decades. It will introduce you more to your own innate abilities to solve problems and be directly involved in the creative process of taking control of your life and the results you’re experiencing.
Recently I was practicing this 5 minute meditative exercise of my own imagination and its ability to formulate the answers to some tough professional questions. I sat quietly in my office and turned off my phone. Closing my eyes I simply concentrated on my breathing for a couple of minutes, and then I turned on my imagination. Like a set director for a Broadway play, I created the scenes and even the sounds of the outcome I wanted to experience.
Refining it further in my “eyes-closed, mind-open” exercise, I focused on what I was imagining like an astronomer does with a telescope until the results I wanted to imagine were clearly envisioned. I saw the problems solved, and even imagined how good I’d be feeling when it all worked out as I’d confidently imagined. Although it doesn’t always work out right away, that very afternoon I received a phone call from a business associate who offered me the help and the precise opportunities I’d been imagining earlier that day. I’ve begun to journal these experiences and the revelations they so often lead to.
As best-selling author Marianne Williamson wrote and Nelson Mandela quoted in his inaugural speech many years ago, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light [and our imagination], not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
With enthusiasm I encourage you to begin to use your imagination with the same fervency that you use your smart phone or your iPad to create the solutions and the circumstances with which to take your property management business to the next level. The answers and the fulfillment await you!