What happened to our imaginations? Do you remember when you were a kid and it seemed to flow like it was a sixth sense? Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” That’s a powerful statement coming from one of the most knowledgeable people in the world.
What’s interesting is your imagination never really left you. You just need to tap into it.
1. Be a Kid Again
Take notice the next time you see a bunch of kids playing. What are they talking about? What kinds of make believe world have they created for themselves? Then, give it a try yourself. Try imagining yourself in another world entirely.
Advice is given suggesting people brainstorm for ideas. But, it is usually in the context of a group or team of people. Learn to brainstorm your own concepts. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.
3. Read Fantasy Books
There are plenty of fantasy adventure books written for adults. Just look at The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you haven’t tried reading these types of books, give it a shot. They can be a fun read as well as tap into your imagination.
4. Think Outside the Box
Imagination is all about thinking outside the box. Always try to look at a different angle when considering your life and your projects.
5. What Is Your Superpower?
When you were a kid, which superhero did you most take after? Why did you choose that superhero? Which power did they possess that you most related to? Think about a superpower you would love to possess today and how you would use it to help others.
6. Read Items Outside Your Typical Categories
If you only read business articles, try reading something you would consider out of the ordinary, like books on the Occult. The goal is not to agree with what you read but to consider a new viewpoint. Try this with several different categories. You should be able to find the right materials at your local library.
7. Virtual Reality
The Virtual Reality (VR) field is growing substantially, and it’s likely you will see more VR-based products shortly if you haven’t already. While VR can be a great way to expand imagination, some believe that it does the thinking for you, which may not be as effective. Still, it can be fun and can help to some degree with your imagination. It’s better than not exploring your imagination at all.
8. Write with Your Subdominant Hand
When you do activities with your dominant hand, you don’t even think about it. Try to use your other hand for tasks like writing. See what kinds of thoughts you have when doing so. Don’t worry about trying to be neat. The idea is to learn from the experience and apply it towards your imagination.
Action Steps to Take:
1. Find a set of writing prompts. Writing prompts are a great way to stir the imagination. Essentially, these are one or two sentences that convey some concept. You take the concept and expand it with a story or idea.
2. Read several children’s books or watch children’s television shows and movies. Kids still have their imagination so it won’t be too much of a stretch that programs catering to them will be imaginative.
3. Join an improv or theatre group. Developing your acting skill will certainly increase your imagination. It’s the one skill where it’s acceptable for people to be someone other than themselves.