Today we are on part three of our series: energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. Why these four traits? Read THIS.
Part of me would like to say that imagination is in short supply right now. On one hand, it seems like many are having to keep their heads down just to get through the day. It can appear routine and repetitive, with little room for innovation. However, sometimes you need to get pretty creative when you’re trying to survive.
“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.”
― G. Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain
I’ve heard this quote thrown around some recently, and we can debate whether it’s true or not. There are plenty of businesses that continue to innovate even when things are good, but there are others who are forced into innovation when things go badly. I doubt Dimo’s Pizza ever considered making PPE masks until people stopped ordering pizzas two years ago.
However, I want to raise the question in a more personal way. How much time do you spend imagining what you would like your life to look like? Not fantasizing, but imagining. For our purposes, I will draw the distinction this way. Fantasizing is creating an image you don’t have to work for. You fantasize about finding the winning lottery ticket. Imagining is creating an image that is within your reach, but would take work. You find another job. You move out West. You save your business by making masks instead of pizzas.
What does it take for you to imagine what your life could look like?
Here’s my challenge to you.
– Take 15 minutes to find some quiet space.
– Think about something you would like to accomplish in five years.
– Write down five things you would need to do to accomplish that goal.
– Imagine what it would feel like to accomplish even one of those things.
-Ask yourself if you’re ready.
-Say YES, and get to work.
I imagine you could come up with some pretty amazing things. Want someone to bounce your idea off of? Contact me at email@example.com.