Shifts in thinking can be very powerful.
They can also be so subtle that we don’t even notice.
One of our greatest assets as humans is our imagination.
Yet few of us ever use it to much potential.
Most of us use to dream about what we wish would happen.
Or even worse, we let others do our imaging for us.
Whenever we watch a TV show or movie, or even read a book, we’re letting somebody lead our imaginations.
This can be very effective.
In fact, it’s the whole reason people developed the ability to tell stories.
Way back in the day, stories helped us to deal with the daily uncertainties and real dangers of life.
Going out hunting every day was scary.
So having a bunch of stories in your brain of heroes killing monsters was helpful.
Today, not so much.
Most of our issues aren’t so life threatening.
But having a calibrated imagination is a huge asset.
When your imagining straddles the boundaries between dreams and possibilities.
You want them to be compelling enough to give you emotional pleasure when you think about them.
But they also need to be realistic enough so you actually change your behavior in an attempt to make them real.
Fantasizing about flying spaceships around and killing aliens is cool, but it doesn’t really motivate you.
Or it motivates to do what you need to do.
But if you only do what you need to do, you generally end up fulfilling the goals of somebody else.
People give you stuff to do, you do them so they’ll get off your back.
Imagining that you’re slaying dragons while doing those tasks is helpful.
But far from optimal.
Humans were meant to be explorers.
Of the planet, of our lives, and of our minds.
If you can fantasize about doing things for your own reasons, and those fantasies actually get you getting out there and trying things, you’re doing pretty good.
That balance of thinking and imagining and acting can take you much further than just following directions.
Which comes first?
Because all three lead into each other.
But where the rubber meets the road, when thoughts turn into things, is your action.
Self chosen, dream driven action.