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Reframing Thoughts

Drowning, Man, Sea, Hands, Drowning Man
Scary Dreams
They don't only happen when we are asleep.

Our imagination fuels us. It fuels our dreams (defined as a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal) as well as our nightmares (defined as a terrifying potential). Both initially rely on a relatively smaller number of facts and a relatively larger bit of imagination.

"You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ― Mark Twain

For example, look at this picture I've included. You will likely mix the few facts you can see with some imaginative leaps to get a story or a feeling from this photo. There is no right or wrong answer, but I bet you leap to something quickly. The facts you can see actually matter less than the imagination you add. What if that's true in your own life? What if the facts about your life situations matter less than the imagination you use to dream about your future?

If a dream is a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal, can it be scary too? I've heard it said that "scary" minus "fear" equals "excitement". I love to remember that description when I get to do something new or big, and my imagination starts to kick in less positively than I would like. Sometimes the nightmares we dread feel so familiar and well rehearsed, they can be less scary than our dreams that require us to grow in new ways. I can still remember some people I met at a company training who were hardcore complaining about their jobs, their company, and their leaders. When I reminded them (insisted actually) that they had choices, it seemed to evoke a fear of leaving that was as big as their fear of staying in their current positions. 

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."–– Albert Einstein

Leaders benefit from a strong imagination, because they need it stay agile and creative around the problems and possibilities they encounter. They can also use a good imagination to share ideas of what they may imagine for others on their teams. In fact, we don't have to be in a leadership role to imagine possibilities for people around us. When someone who isn't caught up in our personal stories, situations, past experiences, or even limiting beliefs, imagines something bigger for us, we have two choices. If it resonates with us, we can accept it as a seed, set it aside, and see if we can make it grow. Or we can throw it out completely, and discount that person's imagination around our potential.

Capture the power of your thinking this week. You deserve all the sweet dreams you can imagine!

Trudy Menke - Reframing Leadership 

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