The depth and breadth of a child’s imagination is astounding. Bed linens become a monster wave, an umbrella becomes a parachute and a towel becomes a Superman cape capable of imparting truly amazing powers. A child believes just about anything is possible and is neither embarrassed by nor fearful of the possibility. Imagination opens us to possibility; possibility paves the way for potential and potential is the gateway to reality. That sounds like an incredible recipe for success, doesn’t it?
Most of us adults take the imagination for granted and give it less credit than it deserves; I suppose it just doesn’t fit their idea of being a grown-up. Regardless of the camp you’re in, consider this: think of those times when you’re struggling to devise a plan, generate novel ideas or write that proposal. The ideas might be lurking nearby but they just don’t come out the right way. What do you suppose might happen if at times like these you started listening to your inner child? How would it feel to open yourself to possibility, even that which at first blush seems farfetched or dare I say, childish? What’s the risk? Assuming that you’ll properly vet the outcome anyway, I don’t believe there is any risk at all. On the other hand the potential is considerable. By letting go of the stuffy adultitude (you know what I mean) you have the potential to bring your creativity to new heights.
I’m not suggesting we all start dressing up like Superman and jumping from chairs. Good old common sense matters, but maybe it’s time we paid attention to our inner-child.
Just imagine the possibilities!