Live out of your imagination, not your history
Stephen Covey was a best-selling author and motivational speaker who died earlier this week from complications after a fall he took back in April. He was a Mormon, and held a lot of views that I didn’t agree with (his stance against gay marriage was one of them), but his line “live out of your imagination, not your history” really struck a chord with me.
We often base most things we do on past experiences. For instance, if we try a dish from a certain type of cuisine, and we don’t like it, we automatically assume that everything that falls under that group is inedible. Do we really know that we are going to dislike everything that’s on the menu if we haven’t bothered trying it? No, of course not. And if you think you do, then you are kidding yourself. You never know unless you try.
Instead of living our lives based on past experiences, we need to use our imaginations and explore. We need to become open to new experiences and ways of thinking. Doing this allows us to grow as human beings. Our lives become richer, more interesting and fulfilling. We can live up to our full potential instead of just settling for whatever comes our way.
Are you living out of your imagination? Are you willing to explore the unknown and live the life that you want to live instead of just the same old, same old that other people expect out of you? Please tell us about your experiences by leaving a comment below! I look forward to your feedback!
- Stephen R. Covey: 1932 – 2012 (runwinedinerepeat.wordpress.com)
- The Power of Really Listening: A tribute to Stephen Covey (leaderchat.org)
- Use your imagination! (noemifairy.wordpress.com)