βI believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.βΒ
βΒ Robert Fulghum,Β All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
So I started reading a book sometime last week.
For months, all I’ve been able to read were Blog Posts and PDF’s as long as they didn’t exceed 100 pages at most.
For someone who read The DaVinci Code before turning twelve, that’s rather shameful.
And so I’ve been clearing my schedule, spending less time online and more time in the real world.
I’ve set aside three mighty and fat books to finish before Christmas and I started with Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
It’s a really old book apparently, but a revised and updated version is available today.
Have you by any chance come across it?
I have my copy of the book here on LemonsLemonade’s Instagram account, plus a couple of my favorite, kinda old items that I remembered this weekend if you’re curious — thanks to my love for daydreaming and reminiscing.
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I’m a bit past halfway so there’s still so much to pick from it, but one thing that is emphasized so greatly is how being able to imagine in our heads is the key to everything else.
Cooking up ideas.
Your mind needs to kick-start it.
And so as I read, I thought; “That’s my area of strength!”
And it’s true — well, kinda.
For as long as I can remember, making use of my imagination was a favorite pastime.
I could lie in bed for hours and literally be having the time of my life.
This helped me a lot as I had a really boring childhood.
I’d visit the beach, eat my favourite ice cream and BBQ chicken with Ariana Grande and stroll around Beverly Hills in my customized designer outfit, all from my bed.
Then after I grew up a bit, I became a renowned writer and motivational speaker touring around the world in her private jet with the love of her life and her twins.
You get my drift.
And so as I started to read that book last week, I kept thinking to myself:
“This is starting to look like a waste of my time, I already know all of this!
I use my imagination alot.
Okay, onto the next book — Christmas is in less than two months.”
But then as I closed the book and crawled into bed, understanding dawned on me.
I had zero idea about what was being talked about!
Now, while I really do have an imaginative mind and everyone around me never fails to point it out, as I meditated on what I had just read and on all that I’ve ever daydreamed about, I started to see that I am still held back by the fact that I see too much of it as simply “Day dreaming.”
I really didn’t have much faith in most of them, and the worst part?
I had come to the point of enjoying this hobby of mine so much that it was starting to be more than enough for me.
At least a bit of pleasure in my head.
That’s really bad!
It’s not even enough to say: “Okay, I really do want this to come to be as real as my bedroom wall.”
It’s faith, and it’s a burning desire.
Those two things cannot be missing from the equation.
Now even though I do want to travel around the world as a speaker and a writer, well loved and happy with a family, thing is, before this understanding sinked in, if things turn out to be me being recognized to an extent in my community alone, I would probably have gone “Oh well, I did well with myself. Not bad at all.”
And when I get some spare time,Β I’d most likely go back to daydreaming.
But I’m tired of daydreaming.
Daydreaming becomes a lot less fun when others have been capable of pulling theirs into the real world.
Daydreaming is too short.
You deserve something that would last your entire lifetime!
But you can’t do that if you hold no faith in the possibility of them coming to be or you don’t desire it well enough.
My dictionary defines desire to mean, “to request, to demand, to claim.”
The word is gotten from a phrase “de sidere”, meaning “from the stars”.
And that made so much sense to me.
No wonder it looks like the entire universe is forced to work with someone determined with every ounce of strength to succeed, no matter howΒ many setbacks, how many discouragements or how far off the goal stillΒ seems to be.
Trust in your ability to bring it to be.
They don’t have to exist only when you close your eyes.
Have faith, have hope, have courage, have a new and specific sort of plan, think massively,don’t be scared of failing or embarrassing yourself!
And so now, everytime I catch myself about to drift off to daydream mode and I start feeling it too much, I drag myself out of it.
And then I go:
“If you want to enjoy that Ima, you’re going to have to drag that out as well or do without it.”
We all have dreams, but wake up already!
Stop wishing, stop hoping, stop daydreaming,stop fantasizing.
Don’t leave the possibility of breaking through to luck and chance and fortune.
Too many people are relying on that already.
Don’t be like the rest of them.
Desire that dream bad enough.
Because dreams do come true.
Ask the biggest Inventors (not literally unfortunately),like Guglielmo Marconi, whose “friends” went to the extent of putting him in a mental home when he told them his plans, that contributed greatly to what we have as Radio and other signal transmittions through air.
Only in DreamWorks Productions right?
Stop dreaming if that’s all you do.
Stop waiting for the “perfect time.”
Stop “working on it.”
Get out there. And do something with it.
And so I’m getting back to my amazing book as soon as I hit publish on this, and if something hits me again, I’d be sure to write an article on it.
Did I make much sense to you? Was any of this relatable?
Let’s talk through the comments section.
Delicious Yours To Savour,