Most of us have come to accept the old saying, the best things come to those who wait. There is ultimate wisdom in this statement as it encourages us to savor our journey and persevere. We come to an understanding that there is something to appreciate in waiting for our dream to mature into its majesty. I believe however, if we fail to dream and gain vision, our wait is waste. If we instead embrace a thinking that the best things come to those who create, we can awaken our dreaming mechanism and awaken the realm of possibilities that exist within each of us-which make the wait enjoyable.
Walt Disney capitalized on the term, Imagineering. Imagineering is the engineering of dreams into reality. Creating in our minds, dreaming and imagining, enables us to develop a vision of our future. Businesses have known this for years, developing vision and mission statements. Organizations look at themselves and say, what do we want to accomplish? Where is it that we are heading, and why? Organizations understand that in order to get somewhere, they must first know where they are going; then they can plan out the steps to get there. Why is it that we go through life without our own vision and mission?
I have a sign in my office home office that says, “Dwell in possibilities.” In my downtown office, my mission statement is proudly displayed: “To motivate and inspire people, to see beyond the seen, and find infinite possibilities just beyond the horizon, to become more than they believe they can be.” I also have a vision statement for my life, as well as a massive list of goals and strategic objectives.
Imagineering our lives, setting the direction of our path, to begin turning our dreams into reality requires that we allow ourselves to dream, and dream big. We can’t rush to judgement and pre-determine that our dreams are not achievable because nobody has ever done it before. We also can’t cut ourselves off from infinite possibility by resolving that we lack the resources to achieve our dreams. True, at this very moment, you can’t see how, or you lack the necessary resources, skills, and so on, but that does not mean your dream is impossible. It just means there will be many steps in the process to get there.
What do you want? What do you want to achieve? Who do you want to be? “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” Proverbs 29:18. Developing a vision, is the first step in Imagineering your future. W. Clement Stone stated, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Therefore, we must believe in possibilities or there are none. Do you believe in possible?
Your homework for today is to explore your possibilities. Cast the vision of your future. “Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become,” Hal Elrod. I encourage you, if you do not have a personal mission statement and a vision for your future, develop one. Start by thinking about what drives you and makes you happy. Stop and dream. Imagineer your future- as impossible as your dream may seem. Set your sights high and never, never, never give up. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this; you haven’t,” Thomas Edison.
Let the Imagineering begin. Don’t judge, just dream. Now go build an awesome new future.
Jolene Church is a mindfulness practitioner, success coach, and motivational speaker. Her latest book, Thinking 101: Fundamentals of a Successful Mindset, helps people break down conditioned barriers in our thinking that inhibit our success. www.SuccessfulThinkingMindset.com