Posted by: Christine Adams | August 10, 2009

Ignite Your Imagination!

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.” –Albert Einstein

One of the things I enjoy most about being a mom of a 5 year old little boy is the rebirth of imagination! Kids say the darndest things? Or are they just expressing what we as adults have lost…the power to see things clearly without limitation.

Here are some simple steps to ignite your imagination:

1. Play: Next time you area at the grocery store, pick up a can of Play-doh. Do you remember how to make theadultplay snake by rolling the dough or how to create the silly caterpillar out of a series of spheres? Bounce on a big ball! If you don’t have one go to Jumping Balls, they make them for adults. Does bouncing on a ball make you laugh uncontrollably? Play as if you were a child and maybe you will start thinking like one!

2. Write: For most of us we type faster than we write. I suggest you get out the old pen and paper and let your thoughts start flowing. Do not contemplate what you are saying, just keep writing. Practice this exercise for at least 10 minutes a day. As the months pass by you will be able to look back and be surprised and how much your imagination has grown.

3. Brainstorm: When I say brainstorm that does not mean come up with realistic ideas. Gather a group of creative people and start throwing ideas around to create solutions. Come up with the most off-the-wall ideas you can think of and once the brainstorming session has ended you can decide which ideas can be executed. Never frame ideas too tightly or you will fall back into being an adult!

ladybugs4. Take a Hike: Try to see the forest…not the trees. It is amazing what we can stumble upon in nature. The way that dew drops form symmetrically on a blade of grass can be a perfect work of art. Look for mushrooms that form in clusters to create a wonderful mosaic sculpture. Watch how the sun sets to generate colors you may never have thought of incorporating in your image. Nature can truly be an inspiration!

5. Exercise Your Brain: The Weird Guy Blog has an excellent exercise called “Creative Squiggle” that stimulates your imagination. Solve puzzles and brain teasers, it enhances lateral thinking.  Quit watching television and pick up a book! It doesn’t matter what you read, but don’t stop there, contemplate what the author was trying to convey and apply it to your own life. Remember we are exercising you’re your most important organ so play it the right way!

Tina Seelig makes some excellent points in her book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was Twenty, “Challenge traditional assumptions,” and “All problems can be viewed as opportunities for creative solutions.” She also teaches the lesson that, as adults we tend to view problems as something to be avoided when we should view problems as opportunities. Ignite your imagination; find the child inside of you and you will begin to create unique ideas that will set you apart from your competition!

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