Imagination is nothing but the power to create and simulate in your mind novel characters, images, and thoughts without any direct input of your physical sensory organs. In a nutshell imagination is what makes the world go round. The ability to visualize is more important than the eye or ears; it is something you must develop if you are going to be successful in life. To unleash your imagination, you have to find ways to use images in your mind to come up with creative ideas.
An easy way to get started is to make mental images; just picture something that interests you or grabs your attention. Imagine yourself somewhere different, a place far away from all the hustle and bustle of today's society, where time is as slow as the breath of a thousand wild flowers. Where thoughts wander aimlessly, finding no rhyme or reason, just the pure beauty of nature. Just relax and let your mental imagination run free, like a river meandering through a paradise of peace and beauty. Now just try to think of something else...
When we talk about imagination, we do not just mean it when we say, "I am imagining myself." Imagination can also mean, "I am visualizing myself." If you are having difficulties coming up with fresh new ideas, perhaps you need to tap into your creative inner self to help you visualize things differently. For example, maybe you are stuck on the way you should act with your team; visualize walking your team to their meeting place. Visualizing your team in this specific situation can help you to act more appropriately in real-life situations.
Imagination, if used correctly, can be a powerful tool to help you solve many of life's problems. It is important to have a clear vision of what you want, to visualize it, and to have an energetic mental response to the way that you want the outcome to unfold. Imagination is essential for any successful entrepreneur and all successful people need to cultivate their creative juices at least once a day.
Imagination is one of those gifts that is hard to describe and really has to be felt to be appreciated. One of my favorite books describes mental imagery this way: "Mental imagery is nothing more than a mental trick, like an advanced form of martial arts defense." Don't be fooled by the fancy term "imagination" - what you think about and how you visualize things most times are completely within your control. There are no outside forces controlling your imagination or causing you to imagine things you cannot possibly conceive.
Imagination can be developed, even if it seems like it is difficult at first. The key is to develop your imagination with your five senses in mind, such as sight, sound, touch, and smell. When you are actively trying to imagine, pay close attention to the physical aspects of your surroundings. Paying close attention to your surroundings will help you see and understand where your imagination is leading you so that you can turn it into a creative act.
A very good way to visualize your goals is to have a clear vision of what you want. As you begin to visualize your goals, make sure to also imagine all the different influences that will have a positive effect on reaching your goals. For example, if you want to lose weight, do not only think about how you will eat less. Also, do not only imagine yourself walking into a gym and being surrounded by dozens of great looking people who can help you reach your goal. If you do these things, you will influence your mind to have a clear vision of what you want.
Another way to train your mind to have a clear vision of what you want is to mentally visualize your goal in vivid detail. Think about the details until your mind begins to fill in the blanks and then stop. Look again at your mental images and try to put them into words. Once you have finished describing your image, repeat it four times. After doing this, begin to visualize your image in every detail, from the smallest part of the image, to its largest form. This mental image exercise will help you to train your mind to have a clear mental image of your goal.