Personal productivity requires a very special kind of support. Draw deeply from the wells of your imagination, to originate winning ideas and exciting art. By doing so, you join legions of successful artists and entrepreneurs. Next time you catch yourself harshly cut short a daydream, give some thought as to how you can actually utilize daydreams to move you forward in your life.
Research indicates that people generally daydream for a large part of their day. Doesn’t it make sense then, to allow your mind to dwell upon the things you love, like your originality and your artistic impulses?
Smart Artists Journey Inward.
Daydreaming, like flowing water, carries you around apparent obstacles. Your right brain conceives of new patterns and possibilities. How helpful this is when challenges, like marketing, entering competitions, and technical concerns threaten to paralyze you.
Remember, if you daydream, that you are in very good company! Here are just a few well-known individuals who owe their success largely to creative daydreaming…
Wikipedia.com states, “Therapist Dan Jones looked at patterns in how people achieved success from entrepreneurs like Richard Branson and Peter Jones, to geniuses like Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci. Jones also looked at the thinking style of successful creative people like Beethoven and Walt Disney. What he found was that they all had one thing in common. They all spent time daydreaming about their area of success.”
It is said that Thomas Edison took a 20-minute nap each day to daydream about his inventions. And more recently, one of the most successful and innovative corporations, 3M, is known for giving many of its employees a fully paid hour every weekday to daydream, doze, or engage in whatever they choose. They have learned that their daydreamers return to their work refreshed and more productive.
Take Time to Envision a Clear Path Into Your Painting.
Let your mind wander as you select a subject to paint. Invite your imagination to guide you. Then, allow the basic design to expand and transform. Play with it! And ask yourself:
1. What is your center of interest?
2. What is the dominant color?
3. Does it appear to be close to you or far away?
4. Is the image sharp and easy to identify?
5. What are the supporting colors and objects?
Nurture Your Aspirations by Envisioning Inspiring Success.
Begin each day with thoughts of a pleasant experience. What a gift to give yourself!
You can visualize something you’ve already experienced or richly imagine your dreams and desires. In this space, there is no one horning in on your daydreams and creativity.
Your daydreams can take you as far and as high as you can imagine. You are unfettered and confident.
Do you remember an exceptionally rewarding time? Maybe it was when you sold a painting before the picture was even hung or the show had begun. Would you like to experience that feeling again? Daydream about that special moment and then jot down the steps needed to enjoy a fresh success like that again.
Draw Upon Your Resourcefulness During Major Life Changes.
Everyone encounters setbacks and apparent dead ends. During these times, it’s especially important to tap your wellsprings of creativity. You may find it difficult to remain focused on goals and how to achieve them when everything seems turned upside down. In stressful times, you may find your emotions hard to adjust to. This is an ideal time for daydreaming.
In other words, daydreaming makes bad times bearable and even opens up life-giving possibilities. In good times, daydreaming relaxes you and helps you retain the big picture. So, use your daydreams to imagine a more capable and confident you, art that stretches you, and successful solutions to troublesome problems.