October 25, 2017 – Midweek Inspiration: Dream Big, Reach Far And Break Boundaries
By Lanre Amodu
A few years ago, I made a presentation at an entrepreneurial workshop. Among other things, my task was to help the participants see possibilities that had erstwhile eluded them.
So, I decided to engage them in a little exercise. I gave them the following instructions: “I want you to close your eyes and imagine the story I’m about to tell you. If at any point you find the story unrealistic or stupid, open your eyes.” Of course they agreed to the “Simple” activity.
I said, “Imagine you are riding a bicycle down a familiar street. You are waving at friends and acquaintances. Suddenly, you find yourself riding on top of trees, and then you find yourself riding on the water in a swimming pool. Now you can stop riding and open your eyes”.
Guess how many people still had their eyes closed by the end of my story? You got that right! Very few! As can be expected, some of the participants opened their eyes when I mentioned cycling because they had never cycled. Quite a number of them understandably opened their eyes when I got to the part of riding on top of trees.
However, by the time I got to the part of riding on water, almost all the eyes were staring at me as though I had gone insane. I’m sure you are also wondering how I came up with the “silly” story.
My purpose was to find out how many of the participants were inhibited in their minds.
Think of this. How much does it cost to dream or imagine? Nothing right? They couldn’t have been injured by riding a bicycle for the first time in their minds could they? Since they controlled the pictures in their minds, they could ride a bicycle on water and float couldn’t they? Why then do people find it so difficult to dream or use their imagination? According to Albert Einstein, “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world”. Imagination is our only connection between where we are and where we want to be. If we cannot travel in our minds, we will never take a step in reality.
Imagination is a “free” component of the human mind.
It can take us anywhere we want to go, that is, if we wish to go somewhere. Several of us have built a protective wall in our minds. Unfortunately, the wall that keeps us safe inside may also keep good things out. The kind of information we store in our minds can determine how far our imaginations can go.
We must deliberately monitor the kind of information we expose our minds to because they form our beliefs and our beliefs create the boundaries of our lives.
According to Sarah Vowell, “The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief”. Peace Pilgrim also said, “If you realise how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought”.
Do you want to be a leader, an influencer or an achiever? Allow your mind to dream freely about what you desire for your future.
It doesn’t cost you a thing! After you have created a solid vision of your future, the vision will pull you towards that future as you work diligently to achieve it. Dream big, reach far and break boundaries.
I look forward to reading your stories of great successes and your comments.
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