Imagination is how our brains create a path from where we are to where we want to go. This requires a lot of focus.
Ten years ago, I started to work on the Glyphs of the Imagination Age as a framework to help me develop my own ideas, and those of my clients, taking them from our minds into reality. Each Glyph is really a focus area.
Focus is one of the Glyphs of the Imagination Age (for The Principles of Applied Imagination, click here). Our mantra a is "focus is worth fighting for," and it has really changed how we approach our work, time and energy. We greatly prefer business to busyness. If you're too busy to think, you're going to make mediocre or bad decisions. We started blocking out time to think, and urging our clients to do the same.
It often feels as if we don't have much control over what's happening around us, but we can do more to fix that.
When you are doing something, whether it's playing a game with a child, presenting to the leadership team of your company or walking around the block, do it with your full attention. Imagination requires presence, or the nebulous aspects of the path between where you are and where you want to go will never come into sharper focus.