Visualise your Way to Success

One way to develop our creativity is to work on our visualising skills. This is true of writers, but it’s also true of every person who wishes to become more creative or do well in a skill. Pianists practice in their minds, going over and over a certain piece until they can do it literally in their sleep. Boxers see themselves overcoming their opponent long before they step into the ring. Actors spend time getting into character before they go onstage or before the camera. Mike Flynt, in his book, The Power Based Life, talks about the need for positive self talk. He says, “If you can dream it you can achieve it”, and encourages the reader to visualize a positive outcome.

Reminder: Many people are of the impression that “visualisation” is a New Age practice. While the New Agers may well practice a distorted form of visualisation, that doesn’t make it belong to them. My dictionary describes visualisation in this way: A mental image that is similar to a visual perception. And it explains a visual perception as an image that arises from the eyes, or an image in the visual system.

If you are battling with writers block, try spending time visualising yourself sitting at your computer, typing as fast as your fingers can move and enjoying doing it. See the completed pages churning from your printer, and imagine the glow of satisfaction when you send it off to an editor. Better still, feel the finished book in your hands and allow yourself to get excited about the success you have achieved. Then go back to your computer, and see if you don’t tackle your writing with a fresh enthusiasm.

If you can imagine the negative, and of course you can, you can imagine the positive. When you sit down to write and think, “I just know this isn’t going to work,” guess what? It won’t. But if you sit down and decide, “This is going to be stunning!” chances are it will be. So sharpen those visualisation skills with practice, and see what a skilled writer you can become, in your mind’s eye—then hopefully in real life.


About Shirley

Shirley Corder is an author who writes to inspire and encourage. She has a passion for helping other writers and cancer survivors.