Have you ever wished you could fall down the rabbit hole, step through the wardrobe or catch the train at platform 9 3/4? Have you ever doodled a cool new spaceship or built a tree house in your mind? Imagination makes our world an even more spectacular place.

Even if you aren't a fan of fantasy, have you ever wished to climb a mountain, complete a triathlon or step into your manager's job?

We all imagine during the day, and we can use this imagination not only to come up with our next innovation, but also to devise new strategies, to problem solve, to figure out ways to achieve our goals or to improve the quality of our relationships.  

Even Impossible Dreams Can Someday Be A Reality

Leonardo da Vinci would probably have been a fascinating person to have a chat with. His inventions include the anemometer, the parachute, the giant crossbow, and his more famous helicopter and flying machine. 

Da Vinci was excited about aviation in an era where the only things that flew were animals and rocks thrown from a catapult. He dreamed of people soaring in the skies, even higher than birds could go. The flying machine, or the 'ornithopter,' shows da Vinci's powerful imagination. He used nature for inspiration, looking at wing designs in bats and birds. 

For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

Leonardo da Vinci

While da Vinci's designs never flew, it provided inspiration hundreds of years later for modern aircraft. Imagine if humans were still limited to travel by land or sea. A dream that seemed utterly impossible at the time is now a reality, and it's a reality that most of us use regularly. 

You Do It - Even If You Think You Don't

We imagine even when we don't think that we are imagining. The same neural pathways are activated whether we imagine something or experience the real thing. If you are convinced that you don't have a good imagination, simply close your eyes and notice any pictures or images that appear in your mind. That's imagination! 

Let your mind wander, drift away and take a few notes. You can always go through these notes later and read what you have written.

How Imagination Relates To Innovation

Imagination is one of the 4 pillars under the competency of Innovation in the i4 Neuroleader Model. This is a much needed ability in order to generate creative thoughts. Creativity combined with good implementation is what originates the innovations we need in business today.

Science will continue to unlock the secrets of the brain to help us understand the mechanisms involved when we assemble information, store knowledge and imagine.

The i4 Neuroleader Program will teach you how to get into the right state of mind, step back from the sea of data that surrounds us and help you tap into your imaginative capacities.

i4 Neuroleader Model Framework

5 Tips For Imagination

  1. Learn to relax
  2. Use metaphors and analogies
  3. Give yourself permission to imagine
  4. Study the life of artists and inventors
  5. Explore your talents, write a novel or paint a picture  

Everything that humans have achieved has started with the glimmer of imagination. The most beautiful feats of architecture, athletes winning an Olympic gold, to a child's finger-painting all started in someone's mind.

Embrace your dreams and thoughts and imagine falling through that rabbit hole. Your work as a leader will improve, and your personal life will be enriched!

Originally posted on: 13 April 2017
Last updated on: 25 November 2023

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Silvia Damiano

Founder & CEO
About my Brain Institute

Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.

Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.

Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership

In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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