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There were two lawyers arguing a case in a court. On one side was a senior lawyer; while at the other end was a junior one. The younger lawyer was full of zest and so much passion. He was speaking with power and fresh energy. The older one watched in silence as he spoke, without uttering a single word. The young man interpreted a certain section of the law almost convincingly. In his imagination, he thought he had floored the old man; flooring an experienced and intelligent lawyer would add a lot of dignity to his resume. So, he kept bursting into semantics and verbal manipulations, until he exhausted all he had. When he rested his case, the experienced and aged lawyer said to him, ‘the section of the law that you just finished interpreting was drafted by me, on behalf of the government. The intention behind the draft was for so and so purpose’ Then he added, ‘I admire your intelligence, but you got the interpretation of that law wrong’. With that, the young man started fluttering and stammering.

There is a difference between someone that has seen it, and the person that just heard it or read it. If you go to see a movie, what you remember most is what you saw, rather than what you heard. If all words can be painted into pictures, everyone will be deemed intelligent.

For about six months, I conducted a social experiment on LinkedIn using pictures and texts. I got some of my quotes, designed them in picture forms like flyers, and posted them on my profile page. The same quotes, rather than post as pictures, I decided to update my profile using only texts. After two days of posting, I used ‘Who’s Viewed Your Updates’ on LinkedIn to see the number of views for pictures and texts. The result showed that the picture views were about 300% higher than the texts.

Besides the ability of pictures to help recall information, they also have psychological impact on the productivity and creativity of man. How does this happen? The picture you keep seeing is the image that impresses on your mind; the image that impresses on your mind, negative or positive, is what you end up creating. For this reason, some people that are addicted to pornographic images most probably end up sexually abusing people. In a more positive way, people that behold good pictures, also end up with what they see.

Whatever I want to become, I paint the picture on my mind first. Whatever I want to write, I first of all write in my mind before putting it down on paper. Any design that isn’t first painted on the mind will be flawed because of its numerous errors.

Images are the backbones of creativity. If you must have it, you must first paint it. Results are products of painting. Excellences are objects of images. Greatness is the outcome of consistent positive pictures that roll in successions on a person’s mental screen. Without pictures, there are no futures. If everyone can realize this, they will be conscious of what they see, what they paint, and what other people paint for them.

In loads of social researches, it is an established conclusion that people with the right environmental and mental pictures are more intelligent, more creative, and obtain better results in their pursuits. The picture ahead of you inspires you to go for the target before you. If you see nothing, you go for nothing. If you see impossibility, you remain where you are. If you see danger, you retreat. What are you seeing? What is before you? What have you painted ahead of you?

To become the head of an organization, you must have seen yourself as the head. To rule a nation, you must have seen yourself as the President, Prime Minister, or whatever the office is called. People don’t accidentally become what they have not dreamed of. If it is not in your dream, it may not be in your destiny. The good thing about destiny is that you have the right to decide where you start and end. So, use your right to redesign your future if you truly want it to be positive.

Pictures speak more than texts. Paint it right. See what you paint. It is, in all honesty possible to become what you paint!


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Ken is a leadership Motivation, Strategy and Personal Development Writer, Blogger and Speaker. He writes for a number of magazines and blogs. He is also a mentor and published author of several books.

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