Thought and Imagination

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” — Napoleon Hill

Imagination is described in Webster’s Dictionary as: The act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality. It is creative ability such as a new idea, image or concept of external objects that again was not present to the senses. It is the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.

Imagination – having freedom from all external sources and limitations, can often become a source of real pleasure and or unnecessary suffering. Consistent with this idea, imagining pleasurable or fearful events is found to engage emotional circuits involved in emotional perception as well as experience. A person of vivid imagination often suffers acutely from the imagined perils that can beset family, friends, or even strangers. This has even been known to happen with celebrities to which we may be emotionally tied. Further, crippling fear can result from taking an imagined painful future too seriously. In other words, you invite your own perils or events based on that which you have imagined with emotion and belief. (source Wikipedia)

Imagination is where EVERYTHING begins. It is our imagination that is used to design something never before designed be it a building; an automobile or motorized vehicle of any sort; furniture; interior decorations; clothing of all types; landscape designs; airplanes; software; photography; you name it, without the imagination as stated above, there would be no new ideas. All would be the same, forever.

Our imagination is what makes us unique as individuals. It is what helps define our thinking and views of the world. As a matter of fact, our imagination is what helps link us to our future. When you lose the ability to imagine then life can get quite boring. Imagination can keep you motivated when everything around you tells you to give up. Imagination can keep you passionate even when you can barely see or believe what it is you want to bring into reality. Imagination is the foundation for where you want to be in one year, five years, ten years, twenty years and more.

So, as Napoleon Hill stated, first comes the thought – that is something comes to mind that peaks your interest or which might ignite your passion. As you think of this more and more, you begin to organize that thought by picturing it as a completed idea. You then begin to assimilate your plans as well as transform those plans into reality by putting process in place to make what you want to bring to pass, happen.

I can bring it even closer to home by using the example of your imagination and the person you see as being “THE ONE FOR YOU”. When you saw that man or that woman, you began to imagine yourself with them. You may have even dreamed of them and burned for them and as you did you began putting together how it would all happen and how it would all look. You saw yourself with them doing all of the things you would enjoy with the one you loved.

This same thing happens when you get passionate about going on vacation. You have a thought of where you want to go and then you begin to plan. As you do your passion for what you will do and see grows and as it does you put in place all that is necessary to bring those dreams of your vacation to pass.

You can do the same in every facet of your life. You simply have to put into each facet of your life that which you put into anything else for which you are passionate. You may say, “Well, I don’t have that kind of passion for my job or for this or that or even for my future.” If you don’t, you better get it. No one else is going to get it or have it for you. Only you can change your future into what you want it to be and you can start by imagining what it is you want out of your life and making life, through your ideas and plans, pay you what you want.

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox