This! This is the essence of visual thinking.
So Tim Hauser was talking about creating Pixar's breathtakingly beautiful film, Wall-E. But this really does apply to anyone who has ever picked up a pencil and tried to put an idea into a drawing.
We all know that pictures have power to communicate. But what is too rarely acknowledged is their ability to shape our ideas, and push our thoughts to places they might never have gone, had we not drawn them.
Visuals should be part of your thought process. Creating something 'concrete', as Hauser puts it, gives us an opportunity to get out thoughts out of the dark recesses of our minds, and into the sunlight where we can examine, interrogate and release the 'unseen potential'.