How Having a Childlike Imagination Can Change Your Life

When we were children, we believed anything was possible. We created worlds where we were the main characters and everything revolved around our wants. Our friends came over and became part of these worlds and we had the time of our lives laughing, playing and being who we wanted to be. It was magical.

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But as time passed and we grew older, people saw what we were doing and they weren’t sure they liked it anymore. They saw us being young, excited and joyful—what they used to be. They started saying things like, “Grow up!” “Act your age!” “Stop dreaming!” and “Be realistic!”

Maybe they didn’t understand the importance of daydreaming and that knowing exactly what we want would be vital to our future happiness and success. We didn’t know that these people (parents, teachers, counselors) weren’t mad at us—instead, they were perhaps disappointed with themselves for allowing their dreams to die.

What they don’t know, and maybe even you don’t realize, is that dreams can never be destroyed. They can be battered and bruised, but they can never die. They just sink into a deep sleep in the back of your mind. They lie there, like Sleeping Beauty, waiting for the day they will be realized.

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Well, it’s time to wake them up, to remember the magic of your youth. It’s time to remember the days when there were no impossibilities. It’s time to awaken your dreams and start living the life you’ve always wanted to live.

Each and every one of you was born rich. The only limitations that exist are those you impose upon yourself. Your brain does not know any limitations; your mind will believe whatever you convince it to believe. So, why aren’t you living out your dreams? What’s stopping you?

Most people are not living the lives they truly want to live because they are not thinking big enough, nor are they focused on exactly what they want to do.

The key to having everything you want lies in expanding your definition of what’s possible and focusing on what you really want. That’s it! Once you believe in the possibility of anything and focus on exactly what you want to have, exactly what you want to do, exactly who you want to be, then your mind can take you there.

Predetermine the objectives you want to accomplish. Think big, act big and set out to accomplish big things.

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Mark Victor Hansen is best known as the co-author for the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series and brand, setting world records in book sales, with over 500 million books sold. Mark also worked his way into a worldwide spotlight as a sought-after keynote speaker, and entrepreneurial marketing maven, creating a stream of successful people who have created massive success for themselves through Mark’s unique teachings and wisdom. With his endearing charismatic style, Mark captures his audience’s attention as well as their hearts. Having spoken to over 6,000 audiences world-wide with his one-of-a-kind technique and masterful authority of his work, time and again he continues to receive high accolades from his audiences as one of the most dynamic and compelling speakers and leaders of our time. Mark and his beautiful wife, Crystal Dwyer Hansen, have co-written their newest book to be released in April 2020 called, ASK! The Bridge from Your Dreams to Your Destiny.

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