Everything Is Imagined First, And Then It Exists

Take a look at this building…

Gorgeous, isn’t it? Transports you to a whole different place, right? Well…

Somebody imagined this building into existence.
Somebody imagined the plane that’s flying over it into existence.
Somebody imagined the sky into existence.
Somebody imagined the device I used to capture this image into existence.
Somebody imagined the technology to keep us connected into existence.

Everything is imagined first, and then it exists.

Including you, me, this moment we’re sharing, and anything you desire in life.

Pretty cool, right?

I recently asked for help to choose the cover of the upcoming new edition of the Niki Owl coloring book. The 2 choices were either Imagination or Dreams. The flurry of responses I received was awesome, so thank you.

To those who answered, I asked further, “Why Imagination?” or “Why Dreams?”.

The answers were varied and fun, here are some of them:

“Imagination is an action word.”
“Dreams are in-born and universal.”
“Imagination is action/outcome oriented, whilst Dreams are fun/fantasy.”

They’re all great answers.

I see Dreams and Imagination as symbiotic elements of inner creation and outer expression. Dreams are the things we aspire to (referred to often as “goals” these days), and Imagination is the mental vehicle we use to activate the parts of our brain that fire up and get us into action to actualise those Dreams.

We’re coming up to the most collectively imaginative time of year where people step into dream and goal-mode during the holidays. We let our guard down so we can actually BREATHE and bask in the general holiday goodness. The seasonal decor is up, the scents of warm cocoa, cinnamon and pine are pouring out of coffee shops and stores, and the energy of expectation is turning up for what’s coming next…

In the context of Dreams and Imagination, what would be the one thing that would help you start the new year strong, and continue throughout this coming year? I’d love to know! Email me or tweet your response.


PS: the photo is of a building that’s located by the Plaza San Fernando in Carmona, Spain.

The Problem with “One Day I’ll Do That”

I wrote this inspired by my reply to someone’s comment that, “Writing a novel is a dream at the back of my head, but maybe one day.”

It got me thinking about how we postpone our dreams and outcomes in life, and how we can change that.

Here’s an extended version of what I offered, which I’m sharing with you:

“One day” is not a day of the week. And “maybe” is noncommittal. Nothing right or wrong about that. However..

Whilst a dream or idea can come to us in a moment, the dream doesn’t just “happen” out of the blue.

Our primary task is to bring the dream to the forefront of our mind, find out what’s really important about it for us, get committed and then get working on it. We need to create it.

Publishing books was one of my childhood dreams but I never had any “plan” to get it done (I was thinking about it in the context of “One day I’ll do that…”). Until I started asking myself later on in life what I wanted to do with the rest of my life – and that dream popped up and said, “Pick me! Pick me!” So I listened, got clear on what kind of message I wanted to put out there, and got working on it. Like anything, it requires clarity, focus and dedication.

I couldn’t “do” anything about that dream until I actually got committed to it.

And once that first book was published, I realised there was more “work” to be done – promotion, distribution, evolution, ideas for more books… It’s a constant exercise in clarity, focus and dedication. And I’ll be honest, some days I fall off track with that (and so will you, and that’s okay as long as we get back on it). But when I remind myself what my whole life commitment is, then I’m able to do something on a daily basis to keep the dream nourished, growing, and planting more seeds of joy around the world. Because that’s my mission.

People wither and settle for mediocrity because they stop believing in their dreams, because nobody encourages them to make those dreams come to life (or they discourage them based on their own perceptions of their world or “What REAL life is.”).

That’s how postponing or delaying our outcomes starts, with this surreptitious “one day” trickster in our minds. This is how a lot of people live with regrets on what could have been, without ever giving it a chance to become.

I believe that every dream matters, and it’s up to each one of us to “do” something about our dreams, which is how we inspire others to help us in our endeavours – whether that’s a global vision, a new enterprise, an invention, a book, the ideal relationship, or whatever your dream life looks and feels like to you…

Please “do” whatever you need to let your dreams come to life, starting with clarity and commitment.

Your Relentless Dream Catcher,