When it comes to the power of your imagination, consider Albert Einstein’s famous quote, when he said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
What if you gave yourself the encouragement and the permission to imagine a new way of living right now? What if you tapped into the power of your childhood imagination by feeling into the freedom that comes from venturing down a new path at this stage of your life?
Perhaps you have thought of doing so recently but fearing what others say you can be or do at your age has stifled your enthusiasm.
If the path you have been on no longer feels aligned to who you are in this now of nows, I am here to say you have the right to improvise and make timely adjustments when and where it matters most to you.
It all starts by restoring and reconnecting with the power of your childhood imagination. But what if it has been so long since you did this you have forgotten how to access that part of yourself?
Undo a Fixed Mindset
Given how most Baby Boomers were raised to see ourselves in the mirror of life, the most unseen person in our world is often the inner child, who is still hiding inside of us. That person is ready to shine brightly now.
If you are ready to reconnect with your inner child’s imagination, you will want to release yourself from any lingering shame or limiting beliefs that may still be dimming your inner light as a result of a fixed mindset.
A fixed mindset is established through rules that are often harsh, aimed at controlling behaviors that come naturally to children, such as curiosity and imagination. This often produces inner turmoil, self-doubt, and even emotional trauma that most children are ill equipped to understand and process.
In whatever ways this may have shown up for you, it is likely where your inner child lost his/her connection to the power of imagination.
Why Is This Important for Those of Us Over 60 to Be Aware of?
Fighting change is what limits the power of your imagination. When you are aware of this, you can swiftly and gracefully ease out of a fixed mindset by restoring your connection with the power of your childhood imagination.
Here, then, are five essential steps to help you do just that.
5 Steps to Restore the Power of Your Childhood Imagination
IMAGINE Taking the Path of Least Resistance to Whatever It Is You Desire
For generations people have been educated, trained, and motivated to work really hard to get what they desire.
To break free from fixed beliefs about how things should be, you will want to create easy and fulfilling experiences that do not require struggle. This starts with accessing your childhood imagination more regularly because it naturally operates without limits.
IMAGINE Your Satisfaction as You Joyously Engage in What You Desire
Make this priority #1 in your life. If this sounds selfish, it is because of how most of our generation was raised as people pleasers.
While there is great fulfillment in being a positive light in other people’s lives, if we do not focus on our satisfaction and well-being first, not only does our inner light dim, but our inner child remains neglected. Your childhood imagination, therefore, illuminates the path that yields a sustainable level of satisfaction.
IMAGINE You Are Your Own Authority on What Is Possible
Unlike your early years, you don’t need some great authority figure to grant you permission to change your life. You also do not need a special degree or certification to prove you are worthy of unlocking the power of your imagination.
As you naturally did as a child, fearlessly embrace the full authenticity of who you are at this point in your life. Give yourself permission to dream and imagine a new path without limits.
IMAGINE How Your Life Will Improve
What if you gave yourself the encouragement and permission to improvise, and even to fail without feeling shame? How would that change your life?
Imagine the feeling of freedom that comes from venturing down a new path at this stage of your life and then journal about the experience. If this is a challenge at first, be sure to ask your inner child what she wants to do and indulge her deepest desires.
IMAGINE What You Could Accomplish
Give yourself permission to consider what your life and experiences in the world would be like if you allowed yourself to follow your heart (without limits). To help with this, quiet the inner critic, detach from limiting beliefs of a fixed mindset and allow your childhood imagination to show you the way.
Have you struggled in your quest to fulfill your dreams after 60? Do you think limiting beliefs and a fixed mindset caused your struggles? How have you reconnected with the power of your childhood imagination. Please share the results with the community!