As perfectionists, we focus on knowledge over imagination.
We latch on to knowledge because it can often be measured. We memorize vocabulary words, history facts, and dates of important events. We aim to get technical papers with our names on them. We strive for additional credentials and more letters behind our last name.
In contrast, imagination can’t be measured by things like salary and length of our resume. We end up suppressing our imagination because it is not something that we can easily use for acceptance and approval.
Give yourself permission to create. You can create by developing a new idea for your job, by coloring outside the lines, by taking pictures of something beautiful that you see during your lunch break.
Instead of exploring through a packed schedule and desire to check off another country off your list, see the world with open eyes. It doesn’t mean you have to travel across the world. You can explore in a place that you visit everyday by seeing the place with your full attention. No phone, no computer, no book, no distractions.
“Imagination encircles the world,” and through the acts of creating and exploring, you’ll begin to see that your potential is infinite.