Charles Garfield is the author of the widely acclaimed “Peak Performance” trilogy: Peak Performers, Team Management, and Second to None. Dr. Garfield discovered, through extensive research, that the world’s most successful people are often people who practice visualisation. He describes how star athletes, top business leaders and NASA astronauts constantly see themselves facing and winning over difficult tasks.
My husband is an artist. For a long time, he did no painting, and he had to work hard to get back into the swing. As a writer, I know that I need to keep up the momentum. Practice may not make my writing perfect, but it will certainly improve it. Steve Covey points out that most of us already visualise in negative ways, and these keep us stuck in our negative patterns. As writers, we can see ourselvs as failures, and allow every rejection to “prove” what bad writers we are. We need to rather visualise ourselves as writing that best seller, of getting the next article published. The more we visualise positive results, the more likely we are to achieve them.
Sit down at your computer, and think, “I don’t know what to write about. I’m never going to get a decent article written today.” And guess what? You won’t. But if someone phoned you and said, “If you write me a story of something one of your kids did when they were younger, I’ll call to collect it at 5 pm and give you a cheque for a thousand dollars.” Would you manage? You can be sure you would. You would “see” that thousand dollars in your bank account. You would visualise all you could do with the money. And you would soon come up with a story.
So put what you’ve been learning into practice, and create a visual picture of what you’re going to achieve today. And if you live in America, while you’re enjoying your holiday and celebrating together, stop and think for a moment of your founding fathers. Surely they were men who looked to the future with a positive attitude. They knew all about true visualisation.