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Why Everybody Ought to Know How to Harness Creative Imagination

Are you aware of the creative power of your imagination? It is a powerful creative tool that you can harness and use to mold and shape the life that you want.


Albert Einstein and Michelangelo had it right…imagination is very important. Here are their exact words and two of my favourite imagination quotes.

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." Michelangelo

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert Einstein

The Role of Imagination in our Lives

Have you ever heard the expression “Your imagination has gotten the better of you?” My mother used it a lot when I was a young girl because it did…get the better of me, that is. I had a very vivid imagination and it was stirred up regularly by my habit of reading everything that I could get my hands on! I grew up in the days of only one television channel (oh my, I have just dated myself, lol). Our local library had masses of books that were murder mysteries and science fiction. I read them all…

Now, if you can picture this…a young girl, reading those kinds of books and living on an isolated country acreage with little to no outdoor lighting? It was dark and my mind assigned scary creatures and people to the shadows. It was not fun…

Our imagination can be a force for good or a force for bad in our lives. If we imagine positive scenarios and focus on what we want, it is a positive force. If we focus on the negative and what can go wrong in our lives, then it can be a force for less than good…and it is powerful, no matter what direction we are focused on.

Focus Your Imagination on What you Want

Have you had difficulty moving out of your comfort zone and imagining what you really want? If you find it easier to focus on what you don’t want, you need to reframe that, to turn it around.

If you find yourself saying, “I don’t want to be alone anymore”, then the question really is, “What DO you want?”. Listen for your answer. “I want to have in my life a person who loves me and accepts me” tells you something you need to hear. Be specific.

If you have difficulty with putting a finger on what you want, you might find that negativity is keeping you stuck, with your wishes and desires in your life going unfulfilled.

In order to be able to create a compelling vision in your imagination, you first need to do these things.

  • Give yourself permission to want what you want.
  • Make sure that it is ecological that you get what you want; that is, what you want is good for you, good for others, good for the world.
  • Decide if it is a reasonable desire, one that you actually can achieve that is not an unrealistic fantasy.
  • Clear up any negativity surrounding that desire or wish that you have.
  • Realize that you are the one with the power and are 100% responsible for your life.

So let’s imagine that you have done all of those things or that it is easy for you to create a multi sensory experience in your imagination…

The Ultimate Creative Power of Your Imagination

The next question to ask is “What would happen if _______ really happened?” Do you feel happy, excited, overjoyed, relieved, satisfied…or does the very idea of your dream coming to fruition frighten you?

If it feels good to you, then you will be able to create a powerful image in your mind…one that ramps up your energy so that you can believe, deep inside, that you can create it…and you will…you will be able to put the actions that you need to take in order to achieve it, into play.

If it doesn’t feel good to you, then the creative power of your imagination will give you just that…not having what you want and creating that feeling of lack and despair. You will still feel that you “want” it but you won’t be able to bring it into your reality. Feelings are powerful.

Get clear on your feelings. When you can bring the powerful feelings of success into your imagination, along with the vivid pictures and the sensory feelings and imagine the sounds that you will hear…your creative imagination will go into overdrive and you can create what you want…just like that. Everything starts as a thought or as a series of thoughts…make sure that the thoughts you have are the ones you want because you carve your life out of them…

"Drive your own life…you deserve to, don't you?"  Sherie Venner 


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I am a Relationship Coach who helps others create happy, healthy, loving relationships…including the relationship they have with themselves…by breaking through those blocks and barriers to success. I use various techniques gathered through training as a Master Practitioner of NLP, timeline, hypnosis and common sense gathered through life experience.

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  • josh June 26, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Such and inspiring post i’m and aspiring actor who currently lives in a small town.I Don’t have a whole lot of money to be taking acting classes so i’ve been looking for other ways to figure out how to gain more knowledge bout acting.After reading about albert Einstein using his imagination to revolutionize science i’ve been inspired to study up on imagination .Most actors today it seems just take (knowledge) from the real world for their part’s it doesn’t seem like a whole lot of imagination is being used .To create knew possibilities ;that’s why i look up to Marlon brando .He was famous for that ,capitolizing on his imagination.

    After stumbling upon your article and ones like it i’m starting to become more inspired.To have faith in imagination and developing it as well ,thank a bunch for your words of wisdom

    • Sherie June 26, 2012, 10:04 pm

      Josh, what wonderful insights that you have. Imagination is so critical for all of us and especially for those in the acting profession, like you are! I wish you all the best in your work now and future work…get that imagination going, triple it and be the best you can be! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Lori April 18, 2012, 6:48 am

    Great tips and very motivational post. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sherie April 18, 2012, 10:34 am

      I am glad that you enjoyed it, Lori!

  • Susan Myers April 15, 2012, 5:03 am

    I love this post Sherie! Everyday I have my grandson “use his imagination” when he is playing. I love to hear what he invents…

    • Sherie April 15, 2012, 10:36 am

      That is awesome, Susan!! I appreciate your comment!

  • Linda Jo Jenkins April 15, 2012, 1:28 am

    Moving out of your comfort zone is never easy but is absolutely necessary for growth. Thanks for the article and wisdom!

    • Sherie April 15, 2012, 1:54 am

      It is very necessary…thank you, Linda, for commenting! : D

  • Sue Glashower April 12, 2012, 10:00 am

    The mind is such a powerful and amazing thing! When we feed it and nurture it, we can do amazing things! Great article!

    • Sherie April 12, 2012, 11:38 am

      It really is, Sue, a powerful and amazing thing…thank you and thank you for commenting, I appreciate that!

  • Norma Doiron @Where Aspiring | Budding Business Owners Start, Grow or Strengthen Their Business April 12, 2012, 9:38 am

    Einstein is a favorite of mine. I love how he saw it in his minds’ eye and brought it to life. Creativity! Love it, Sherie. Thanks for sharing the great insights on this post…

    • Sherie April 12, 2012, 11:38 am

      He is a favorite of mine,too, Norma. Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  • Stacy April 12, 2012, 9:18 am

    Great article, Sherie! I love the quotes in the beginning 🙂

    • Sherie April 12, 2012, 11:37 am

      Stacy, they are two of my most favorite quotes! (I have a lot of favorites, lol).

  • Lorii Abela April 12, 2012, 8:45 am

    Awesome Article! Thanks for sharing this Sherie! Great job.

    • Sherie April 12, 2012, 11:37 am

      Thank you, Lorii, I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  • Theresa Cifali April 11, 2012, 7:25 pm

    Hi Sherie….
    This post really spoke to me! I use my imagination all the time…even when I am asleep. I guess you could say that is why I sleep with a notebook nearby! I also am a firm believer (which I think you noticed on my Twitter feed this week) in the power of mindset. You manifest the life you have through your thoughts. It’s really true.

    So often, people overlook the power of imagination. Sadly, what is naturally inherent can get knocked right out of us through societal messages…so thank you for bringing it to the forefront! You rock!

    • Sherie April 11, 2012, 7:40 pm

      : D Wonderful, Theresa!

  • Alexandra McAllister April 11, 2012, 1:12 pm

    I really enjoyed this post, Sherie! I love using my imagination and your steps make it even more clear! Thank you so much! It is always such a pleasure reading your posts!

    • Sherie April 11, 2012, 2:57 pm

      Thank you, Alexandra! I am so glad that you enjoy reading the posts!

  • Anita April 11, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Informative post Sherie! I love to daydream and I use meditation and visualization every morning. Keeps me connected and conscious 🙂 Love this stuff!

    • Sherie April 11, 2012, 12:37 pm

      It really does, doesn’t it, Anita? I love it too!! : D Thanks for your comment! : D

  • denny hagel April 11, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Yes!! Great article! Imagination is second nature to us as children! We, as parents must encourage this in our children as a necessary part of their success in life! Without it we find ourselves in adulthood trying to give ourselves permission to achieve what we desire and deserve!

    • Sherie April 11, 2012, 12:38 pm

      Absolutely, Denny!! When we can keep and nurture that part of ourselves, it opens up a world of possibility! Thanks for your comment!

  • Mandy Edwards April 11, 2012, 11:41 am

    I love being imaginative. Without people like that we wouldn’t have a lot of what we have now.

    • Sherie April 11, 2012, 12:39 pm

      Everything had to be a thought in someones’ mind first! : D Thanks for your comment, Mandy!

  • Solvita April 10, 2012, 3:02 pm

    Great article Sherie, one of my most favorite subjects too. I use imagination and creativity often, to the point that I apply them as tools to make my life the way I chose. It works amazing. So much information in here… I found that the more I develop my spiritual side, the better I become. Thank you! 🙂

    • Sherie April 10, 2012, 3:04 pm

      …and you are amazing, dear Solvita! Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  • Suzy Weiss April 10, 2012, 6:43 am


    Love the quotes at the beginning of your post. Einstein’s is one of my favorites.

    Steve Jobs is another creative thinker that comes to my mind.

    This article in forbes highlights the thinking of mobile phone experts a few short years ago and how Apple and Google took the market by storm and shook everything up:

    “Microsoft also had a huge lead in licensing its Windows Mobile OS until Apple and Android disrupted its business.”

    “Just a few years ago the idea of Apple or Google being serious contenders in the smartphone business was greeted with derision, even scorn. Consider some of the pessimistic predictions:”

    In December 2006, Palm CEO Ed Colligan summarily dismissed the idea that a traditional personal computing company could compete in the smartphone business. “We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,” he said. “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”

    In January 2007, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughed off the prospect of an expensive smartphone without a keyboard having a chance in the marketplace as follows: “Five hundred dollars? Fully subsidized? With a plan? I said that’s the most expensive phone in the world and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good e-mail machine.”

    In March 2007, computing industry pundit John C. Dvorak argued that “Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone” since “There is no likelihood that Apple can be successful in a business this competitive.” Dvorak believed the mobile handset business was already locked up by the era’s major players. “This is not an emerging business. In fact it’s gone so far that it’s in the process of consolidation with probably two players dominating everything, Nokia Corp. and Motorola Inc.”

    As we know now, the rest is history.

    Here’s to those that have imagination, creativity, vision and the desire to make the vision a reality.


    Suzy Weiss
    Dating Coach For Women Over 40

    • Sherie April 10, 2012, 10:21 am

      Suzy, thank you for the very insightful comment. I, too, am very grateful to those who have imagination, creativity and vision and have used it…we all have that power, don’t we? : D

  • Eva Blaskovic April 9, 2012, 1:01 am

    Really good post, Sherie, with clear steps. I also like your bio. The information therein adds to your credibility. It is apparent that you walk the talk.

    • Sherie April 9, 2012, 1:05 am

      Awww…thanks so much for your very kind words, Eva, I really appreciate it! : D