Uncertainty and its impact on imagination

Learning how to use the imagination is more than innovating and devising ideas. It has a bigger role in performance than you may have imagined.

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Lost opportunities and lack of foresight can be traced back to a crisis of imagination. This is a result of most people’s inability to exert conscious control over their subconscious mind, which speaks primarily in the language of images and impressions rather than words. Imagination is a visual capability.

Neuroscientists across the globe have conducted studies that have revealed 95% of our cognitive activities (decisions, emotions, actions, behaviour) are unconscious.

Therefore much of the way we think, speak, act and live is a reflection of deep-seated “imagery” embedded in our subconscious. We all have an inner, often unconscious narrative that informs our conscious self. Perhaps we have tried changing perspective but nothing seems to stick. We very quickly fall back into old negative patterns of unconscious thinking and being. As a result we cannot imagine an alternative.

Let’s say a person is worried about his or her job, a restructure or financial stability. Because of this worry they start imagining they will lose their job or worse. Instantly their imagination runs wild and all types of pessimistic images come to mind. This type of negative, almost unconscious process of visualisation can cripple a person. Based on this defeatist imagery the person inevitably begins to expect negativity to follow. In fact they “look” for evidence to confirm it.

A certain negative image sinks in and then all future decisions are founded on this image, thereby unconsciously attracting that very type of projected negativity. In effect, this relatively unconscious imagery and narrative based on fear, worry and uncertainty ultimately becomes the foundation of our working lives.

The easiest way to re-direct this use of the imagination is through visual thinking practices as they actually ARE visual thinking practices in the first place.

Visual learning is the skill of the future. Why not invite this capability into your workplace and watch it thrive.

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