I am a big fan of HGTV. My family and I especially like two shows right now: Love it or List it, and Property Brothers. While each of these shows has a unique premise, they share the common theme of transformation through imagination.
In Love it or List it the transformation begins when a family decides their home needs to be updated. We watch as they are presented with two options: refurbish their home and stay there (Love it), or refurbish their home and sell it (List if) as they move into a new home.
In Property Brothers the transformation begins when a family decides they want a newer up to date home and are willing to buy a fixer-upper to get there.
Here’s how the transformation on these shows works: Each show starts with a discussion about what specifically the family wants as the experts help them imagine their future residence.
Then the experts show the family what it would take to obtain all they desire in a living space, like investment of money and time, choices between location and price. Next the experts show the home owners options that will fill their settled upon desires. They use actual home visits and software that shows a vision of what a fixer-upper will transform into.
Once the decisions are made, the experts and the family design and execute the transformation of the family’s imagined living space.
I think I like these shows because they show what I have found to be the secret to a successful transformation – Imagination.
Napoleon Hill described the path to transformation like this, “First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”
Here’s why imagination works:
If we only did what we knew how to do we wouldn’t get very far.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done, your imagination is the window to future possibilities.
“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey
Everything that is now common place was once an idea in someone’s head.
“What is now proved, was once imagined.” – William Blake
You will get better at imagining your future the more you do it.
“Imagination grows by exercise…” - W. Somerest Maugham