The potential of a child is limited to a large extent by the depth of their imagination. An umbrella becomes a parachute, an empty room is magically filled with real friends and a towel becomes a Superman cape, capable of imparting truly amazing powers. Through the eyes of a child anything is possible and better still, a child is neither neither embarrassed by nor fearful of the possibility. Think about it! Imagination opens us to possibility; possibility paves the way for potential and potential is the gateway to reality. That sounds like an incredible recipe for success, doesn’t it?
It seems to me that many adults take the imagination for granted and give it less credit than it deserves; I suppose it just doesn’t fit their idea of being a grown-up. Regardless of the camp you’re in, consider this. Think of those times when you’re struggling to devise a plan, generate novel ideas or write that proposal; the ideas might be lurking but they just don’t come out the right way. What do you suppose might happen if at times like these you started listening to your inner child? How would it feel to open yourself to possibility, even that which at first blush seems far-fetched or dare I say, childish? What is the risk? Assuming that you’ll properly vet the outcome anyway, I don’t really believe there is any risk. On the other hand the potential is considerable. By letting go of the stuffy adultitude (that is, adult attitude) you might just find that your creativity reaches new heights.
Listen, I’m not suggesting we all start dressing up like Superman and jumping from chairs. Good old common sense matters, but maybe it’s time we paid attention to our inner-child.