I spent the weekend familiarizing myself with the farm’s hand-held grinder. Several hours in, and the harrow discs I salvaged are almost ready for a coat of metal primer so I can mosaic them for birdbaths.

The long grind (literally!) got me thinking about how imagination fuels us. I’d have quit long before I reached the stage where my hands feel like they’re vibrating on their own, if I hadn’t spent the entire time dreaming about what those birdbaths will look like when I’m finished.


“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

Did you know that every breakthrough starts with just a single thought?”

The principle, “thoughts become things,” is a reminder of how incredibly powerful our minds are. When we visualize our dreams, we set the stage for them to come to life.

Imagination is even more powerful than knowledge. Knowledge is limited to what we currently know; imagination has no boundaries.

From a career perspective, visualizing potential outcomes and exploring creative solutions improves our ability to address challenges and innovate.

Visionary leaders can inspire teams, envision future trends, and anticipate market shifts before they happen. Think of Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. Their imaginative thinking reshaped entire industries.

As with my birdbath project, imagination can also be a powerful motivator when challenges arise on the way to the goal. When the “grind” gets tough, your vivid imagination of the end result can keep you moving forward.

Be intentional about engaging your imagination, so you can tap into your full potential.

  • Expose yourself to diverse ideas
  • Stay curious; challenge assumptions
  • Imagine and visualize your ideal life
  • Incorporate imagination into every day – play music or listen to it, brainstorm, daydream, play, journal, spend time at a creative hobby, or just doodle

The biggest challenge to using that full potential is self-doubt and fear of failure.

Do it anyway.

Because it’s not about perfection, it’s about continuously exploring and learning.

The thought that ignites your imagination today can be tomorrow’s reality. Embrace your imagination, and let it guide you through the grind to transform your career and life. You were born for this!

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha

How has imagination played a role in your life and career? I’d love to hear from you.

Lorri Anderson

Lorri Anderson

Lorri Anderson is an expert consultant to businesses and a powerful coach to individuals. After a long and rich career as a strategic HR executive, she is driven to give back by changing the Human Experience in today’s workplaces, one business or human at a time.

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