Be driven by your belief
There is great power in believing that everything is possible. Whatever we can imagine, we can also make them happen (Walt Disney). Not in the sense of ‘wishful thinking’, but because it sets our goals for the future.
A person can be imprisoned and yet his thoughts can set him free. We can always control our thoughts, this can drive our imaginations and has the potential to drive our actions.
Imagination is so powerful
Mandela believed that whilst incarcerated, his mind wondered freely because of his belief that one day his people will be free.
At 22, Archie Williamson was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a crime he did not commit. The thought of freedom drove him to learn to sing and to entertain others in prison. All through his time in prison, he dreamt of freedom and singing to a large crowd. A project took up his case. He was freed after 37 years in prison. His opportunity to sing came during the ‘America got talent’ show. His story became known to the rest of the world. This is especially important during tough times. We must be willing to let our minds wonder and explore the world around us.
Believing in a better future
We have to believe in the future and our ability to make contributions to the world. Let us keep trying to make our own small contributions. Imagination is a great way to travel into the future whilst keeping our feet in the present. How can we help to make the world a better place.
Every product or service ever made must at one point be part of the imagination of someone. The Wright’s brothers dreamt of flying, it is now a reality. In the early part of the 20th century, the thought of a machine big enough to carry hundreds of people flying through the air at great speed must have been thought ridiculous, if not absurd. Now in the 21st century, a rocket to the moon is not so far fetched. A train traveling at 250 miles an hour is now normal in China, but 200 years ago, the speed limit for trains was 30 miles an hour.
Everything is still possible
I am an optimist, not because I live in a fantasy world, but because some of the things that only a few de
cades ago were believed to be impossible and are now just normal. I have witnessed the power of determination.
As children, we have the ability to imagine that everything is possible. As we get older, rather than continue to explore the possibilities, we allow others to tell us about what they regard as ‘reality check’. There is no limit to the power of imagination.
We are witnesses to some amazing stories
I have seen people and countries transform themselves in the space of a generation. China, Singapore (by the way, look out for my blog on Singapore), South Korea, the UAE and many more. We have also read of the collapse of great empires.
You may be interested in the talent code.