I seem to be learning at lot from the Olympics. Watching yesterday, the commentators talked about the preparation of swimmers – that getting their mental state ready is just as vital as their physical shape. They visualise their goals – even picturing the arena and the crowd, what it will feel and sound and look like, and then seeing themselves coming first and putting the medal around their necks. It’s often said that having a positive attitude reaps rewards but this preparation is more than that – they imagine their success and work towards it.
Well, us writers have pretty good imaginations. So, should we be visualising like an athlete does? Should we imagine what The Call from an agent will be like, how we will sign our book deal, and how our book will look on the shelf of our local book store? Could this help us make those things happen? If I’m honest I’ve been feeling stressed this week, wondering if my work will pay off in the end, endlessly checking my email and phone for a response from an agent, and staring at my new WIP unsure if it’s any good or not. My positive attitude is hiding. And I can see that if you let yourself fret about it all, you start to lose sight of your goal and start to talk yourself out of it.
I need to work on my focus for my end goal. To not worry about what’s happening right now but just see the finish line, and believe not just hope that I’ll get there soon. This is far from easy. I feel a bit silly visualising my book in Waterstones but maybe it will be the key to that happening one day. After all, these athletes are winning their medals so they must have some clue as to what it takes to be a winner.
I’ll let you know if my visualisation works
Do you visualise your goals?