The one that every single individual want in life is more LIFE. We all want to experience in its essence, more of happiness, success, stability, peace of mind…whatever our conception of supreme good may be. And the good news is, every living thing has a built-in goal-striving mechanism that helps it achieve this goal…to live. While animals have success-instincts that only enable him to successfully cope with their environment and to procreate, man has certain needs aside from overcoming dangers and sexual instinct to preserve the race. Man needs to enjoy certain degrees of emotional, physical and spiritual satisfaction. The major thing, however, that distinguishes us from other creatures is that we’re not just creatures but creators. Yes, we are different because we have creative imagination.
“Imagination rules the world”
– Napoleon Hills
What is Imagination?
It is the creation of new images directed at a specific goal, or to help find solution to problems. These newly created images are actually produced from the information stored in the subconscious under the suggestion of ‘associated pictures.’ Simply put, the brain creates an idea from your mental storehouse, which is made up of memories from past experiences and knowledge. Interestingly, many great thinkers of all ages believed that man’s ‘stored information’ is not limited to his own memories of past experiences and learned facts. “The world is full of ideas,” said Henry Ford, “they are knocking you in the head all the time!”
“There is one mind common to all individual men.” – Emerson
“You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea.” – Medgar Evers
American botanist and founder of parapsychology as a branch of psychology, Joseph Bank Rhine (Sept. 29, 1895 – Feb. 20, 1980) was able to prove that man has access to knowledge, facts, and ideas other than his own individual memory or stored information from learning or experience. According to Dr. Rhine, there is a capacity for acquiring knowledge that transcends the sensory functions. This extrasensory capacity can give us knowledge certainly of objective and very likely of subjective states, knowledge of matter and most probably of minds.But creative imagination does not apply to artists and inventors alone. You can be sure that whatever field you find yourself in: sales, medicine, business management, human relations, writing, imaging, engineering…and so on, imagination is creative in everything you do. What sets you apart from other people in your field is in the power of your imagination. However, musing about with no clear goal in mind is nothing but a complete waste of time. When you set out to do a creative work, keep these in mind….
- Begin with a goal in mind and set a target answer; there has to be an end to achieve. The truth is, a target answer might be somewhat vague but the moment you achieve it, you will surely recognize it.
- Have an intense desire. Whatever you want to achieve, there are 3 basic things you need: desire, skill and knowledge. On one hand, skill and knowledge are part of the information stored in your subconscious. But you will really need to want to put in the efforts to see it through. Make up your mind to
- Start thinking immensely about all the angles of the problem in your mind. Your aim is to be mentally alert; to not be caught unaware. Play various possible – or impossible – situations that may arise in your head, and proffer solutions before you will even face such problems.
In the words of Jamie Notter, innovation is change that unlocks new value. Make up your mind to always think in terms of the end results and it won’t be hard to reach.