How many of you take time to imagine the possibilities in your life? Do you dream of big ideas and imagine them taking shape? Do you imagine the impact you are meant to make on the world? Does your imagination run wild with innovative ideas that could change the landscape of your life, your industry or the universe? And then how many of you actually move your ideas from imagination to reality?
Imagine what would happen if those thoughts weren’t just thoughts, but were actions. Imagine how much happier, healthier and fulfilled you would be? Imagine the joy and relief and beauty you would bring to others. Imagine.
Back in November, I went to an amazing design conference in NYC called the Design Leadership Summit with the Design and Architecture Industry elite that was very inspiring. We heard from the likes of Arriana Huffington, Jack Spade (Kate’s husband), Bunny Williams, and Oscar de la Renta, all people who not only imagined greatness–but became great.
But it was celebrity chef Tyler Florence who spoke at the DLS that just may have inspired me the most. Besides the fact that he’s handsome, his personality infectious, and his restaurants and televisions shows SUPER successful, I connected with Tyler on a deeper level because we think the same way, have been influenced by the same teachers (Zig Ziglar), and we’re about the same age. And we both imagine.
Tyler had several fantastic points–no really they were questions–and I think they are just the perfect fodder for this Motivational Monday. First Tyler said this…”Your currency is your imagination”. Wow! I’ve never thought of it that way, but he’s so right! Our imagination as creatives is our money, our way of paying our dues. It’s the way we pay for our ideas and buy our success. It is the currency that affords us our dreams.
Tyler had a few questions. Questions that really made me dig deep and find clarity in a secret place in my soul. These questions were life-changing for me. They made me think. They gave me answers. So today, I will pose his questions to you…
1. How deep are you going with your imagination? Because if it is deep enough, then no one can compete and there is no brand confusion.
2. What is your inspiration and how does it affect the products you design or the services you create? If it is doesn’t then they likely aren’t very imaginative or unique.
3. Who communicates your brand better than you do? And why are they using their imagination and you are not?
4. What is your magnum focus project…your glass house? Are you imagining on the level of Philip Johnson or Mies Van Der Rohe? What would that level of imagination really take?
5. Will you be prepared when opportunity knocks? Have you dreamed the dreams and imagined the ideas and you’re just waiting for that right time and place? And if not, when will you?
6. Who is your dream client? Why are they your dream client? What would you achieve with them? Would you leave money on the table if you worked with them?
7. Do you know your company manifesto in just 4 or 5 lines? Does it encompass your dreams and support your wildest imagination? Or is it too safe?
8. Do you dream in benchmarks and are they planted with names and dates of big collaborations, ideas and outcomes?
9. Have you reverse engineered your entire career from the ultimate, happy and successful ending all the way back to today?
Tyler gave me a kick in the seat. I have always imagined the unrealistic and made it happen. I have never put limits on my thoughts or dreams. But Tyler made me write it all down. Flesh it out. Get clear more than ever before. He held me accountable.
So how about you…are you using your imagination to manifest your wildest dreams? And if not, what are you waiting for? Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts.
Imagination is Everything. Don’t let it go to waste.
Happy Monday Y’all. xo,
p.s. Are you imagining being a better designer or having a better design business? There’s still time to sign up for my Design from A to Z and my Designer MBA courses in Dallas. Hope to see you there so we can design your wildest dreams (whether rooms or businesses) together!