In this post, I want to talk about the lost art of daydreaming and how it can be used to improve our mental health.
When we were kids, our imaginations were full of curiousity and creative energy. As we’ve gotten older, our imaginations have become jaded by life and circumstance.
When we were younger, our imaginations were very active and we could daydream about almost anything and everything on command. As adults, not only do we lose the ability to harness our imagination, but we view daydreaming as a fruitless and childish endeavor.
This is tragic, because harnessing our imagination to daydream and see life as we would like it to be comes with its fair share of mental health benefits.
If the word daydream is a stumbling block for you, think of creative visualization. Our ability to visualize events that we would like to create or experience is a fruitful activity.
Many high-performance athletes, musicians, and business executives harness daydreaming (creative visualization) to envision the outcomes they want to experience before they act.
Golfers will see the shot before they take it.
Piano players will visualize themselves doing scales and their brains will create the same neuro-pathways as if they actually played the piano.
This is possible because modern science now confirms that our brains don’t know the difference between what is real and what is imagined.
One of my favorite examples of how creative visualization (daydreaming) was used to receive a genius insight, was when Albert Einstein imagined himself floating through space to see how time and space behaves.
Einstein’s daydream led to one of the most important scientific discoveries of modern time. His daydream led to the scientific discovery of his special theory of relativity. A foundational understanding of the universe on which modern physics is built.
If daydreaming or creative visualization was a worthy pursuit for Einstein, should we not be open harnessing its power too?
“If you can see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.”-Bob Proctor
Now, I would like to share a process for creative visualization that will help you harness your imagination to see the future.
SFT: See it, Feel it, Trust it
I first learned this simple 3-step process from a movie called, 7 Days in Utopia starring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black.
The movie is about a troubled golfer who loses his way and finds himself stranded in a town called Utopia. In Utopia, he discovers his true self and learns alot of powerful life lessons along the way.
In the movie, Robert Duvall’s character teaches the young golfer that each shot he takes is a black canvas that he has to paint (visualize) in his mind.
To help remind the young golfer to do so, he would write SFT on the golf ball.
Outside of this powerful SFT concept, this movie is full of life-changing insights. I highly encourage you to watch it if you haven’t seen it yet!
Let me know in the comments below if you daydream or harness creative visualization to envision your ideal reality. If you enjoy content like this, make sure to subscribe/follow to receive content like this directly to your inbox.
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