If action is the engine of change, imagination is the fuel it runs on.

Every major change or significant accomplishment I have ever experienced in my life began as a seed in my imagination. Embarking on any bold or drastic course for me has always been preceded by a vivid inner vision of what life will be like if I can pull it off.

We often use the word “realize” to mean understand or become fully aware. But to “realize” also means “to bring into existence.” The process of “realizing” is the process of bringing the imagination into existence.

Every action, then, is a tiny creation. A brush stroke on the canvas of our existence. Many of us are so caught up in furiously painting we never step back to see how its coming along.

Take a step back today. Look at your painting up to this point.

What is your favorite part?