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Friday, February 25, 2011

BlogGiversary Alphabet: V is for Visualization

The power of visualizing is incredibly strong. I'm not talking about merely having the dream to be a writer. Or the more specific dream to be a stay-at-home writer and actually make a little money from it. Or the vision you have of each of your books, on the bookstore and library shelves. I'm talking about the day-to-day visualizing, planning the dream.

Every night, I HAVE to literally envision myself waking up the next morning and going for a run on the treadmill. I love running and I love mornings, but I hate waking up early. As I have continued to envision my success of a stronger, leaner self, I have made progress in my ability to arise each morning and accomplish my goals. If I don't think about it, I'm more likely to snooze myself right through my morning workout. 

Same goes for writing. The thing is, sometimes it seems like my goals are way too vague lately. And I know why. It's because I don't actually SEE myself DOING anything. I'm stuck on the fitness thing and not on the writing thing. Next month, I say, next month. You'll see... I'm already envisioning it. 

(So here are my lame excuses for right now: I'm sick. I have to file a year's worth of receipts, etc. so we can go file our taxes on Saturday. I still have Christmas decorations up. Chores to catch up on from going out of town last week. My bloggiversary alphabet. I'm even behind on my crit group. So, yes, I'm lame. But hey, that's life, right? If that's the case, then how did I manage to make time to exercise for the past 8 weeks? Enough with my pathetic excuses, already.)

Here are a few great quotes to inspire you:
"Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you." - Jerry Gillies
"I've discovered that numerous peak performers use the skill of mental rehearsal of visualization. They mentally run through important events before they happen." - Charles A. Garfield
"I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That's the thing. You can't just visualize and go eat a sandwich." - Jim Carrey
 "To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan... believe... act!" - Alfred A. Montapert
 "Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success." - Unknown
 "What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve." - Napoleon Hill
"To visualize is to see what is not there, what is not real -- a dream . To visualize is, in fact, to make visual lies . Visual lies, however, have a way of coming true."  - Peter McWilliams
Do you know of a quote you'd like to share?

Keep on keepin' on...

2 comments:

  1. Hi Christie - I have been away from blogging for awhile working on a new story. Just got through reading your blog...Inspirational as always. Here is one of my most favorite quotations that I'd like to share:

    "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly...Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain." - Author unknown.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the quote with me. Hope your story is coming along nicely.

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