Your imagination is everything. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions-Albert Einstein.
Do you sit and wonder how people invent new phones, tablets, cars, life-saving medications or anything else new? Have you seen something new and thought, “Now, if only I could have thought of that.”
The thing is, all these things start in the inventors imagination. Our current world exists because someone thought of it, failed a ton of times, and finally figured it out and made it a reality.
The sad thing is, many of us don’t use our imaginations anymore. As adults we think it’s “childish” or “irresponsible” to use our imaginations and dream. We need to get back to our roots of imagination because that is how we create the life that we want.
Your life today is the result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today.-John C. Maxwell.
So, how do you use your imagination to create your future life?
1. Take the time to imagine your future life.
Find a quiet place, sit down, and really ponder over what you want your life to be like.
Think Ryan Gosling in The Notebook when he’s asking Ally what she wants. He makes a point to tell her, “It’s not what he wants, it’s not about what your parents want, it’s about what you want. What do you want? What do you want?!”
Take this to heart, grab a notebook, and write it all down. Everything. No matter how small or how big and crazy. Don’t worry about how realistic your dreams are, just write it all down.
It could be anything from having an extra hour of sleep in the morning to being a best-selling author with adoring fans worldwide to running and growing a successful company. There is no dream to big or small as long as it leads you to your most fulfilling life.
I sit down and do this from time to time because your vision of your future life evolves as you grow. What I thought I wanted as my ideal life in my twenties is different than my ideal life in my thirties.
For example, in my twenties I wanted to be a successful author signed to a traditional publishing deal and go on book tours all around the world. These days, I want to be a bestselling Amazon author with lots of avid fans and go on virtual blog/book tours.
Once I figure out how to book one and do so. I don’t have the money for a big, fancy traditional book tour and traditional publishers don’t market authors like they used to.
2. Make a vision board.
A vision board will remind you of your goals daily and it will remind your brain to work on your goals everyday so that eventually your dreams will become a reality. Just having a vision board won’t make things come true, you have to work for them, but having a vision board as a reminder will get things churning in your brain.
Vision boards can get really fancy, but all you need is a poster board from Walgreens, add photographs from magazines, and put it up on your home office so you will be reminded what to work toward.
Our brains are very visual and that’s why people who look at their goals daily often achieve their goals. It may even help to put tentative dates by the pictures of your goals. This makes them go from a “dream” to an actual goal that you will accomplish. The dates don’t have to be set in stone, being flexible is important. However, they will help you to keep moving forward.
Something else I do that helps keep me motivated is having an “accomplishment” board. On this board I pin my accomplishments like my book covers, acceptance slips from articles I have had published, pics from author events, etc.
This board reminds me of how far I have come and all that I have accomplished, which then motivates me to keep going and achieve more of my goals. On the days where nothing is going right, I look at my board and see how far I have come.
3. Get Organized
It’s hard to work toward your goals when you are overwhelmed by clutter. I only recently realized this when my creativity and imagination started to slip.
My desk looked like a war zone hit it and it was starting to get on my nerves. It’s hard to work when you have folders, notebooks, books, scraps of paper, random post it notes and other stuff lying all over the place. This year, I’m going to make a point to clean off my desk once a week, probably on Friday.
You can also strive to stay organized by doing food prep ahead of time, using apps for things like shopping lists or ordering groceries online versus going into the store. If you are a writer, put each story in a different colored folder.
If you use Scrivener, you can color code your projects and characters. There are tons of ways to get organized for all the responsibilities and creative projects we have in life.
4. Start With Mini Goals
I understand that all of this may be overwhelming so I suggest breaking down your big goals into mini goals and have due dates for your mini goals. For example, I set a due date for transferring to a new email platform (think MailChimp, ConvertKit, ConstantContact) for my newsletters.
I am excited to use a new platform with more features as I grow in my author business with different newsletters and segmented reader lists. For example, one newsletter for those interested in writing and publishing and one newsletter for my avid readers.
Speaking of goals, they are the second step to conquer when it comes to getting what you want in this new year. I recently wrote a post about how to achieve your goals in the new year. This is definitely worth reading if you want to set yourself up for success this year. Remember, a goal is a dream with a date on it.
One must realize that all who have accumulated great fortunes first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, desiring and planning before they acquired money. -Napoleon Hill
I want to add that success in life is more than money. Success can be peace of mind, health, spiritual peace, and having loved ones around you. These are things money can’t buy.
I hope this post was helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to drop comments or questions in the comments section below. You can also reach me via social media.