Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Last week, I talked about the 4 steps toward achieving a goal as outlined in Dr. Wayne Dyer's book, YOU'LL SEE IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IT.

1. Visualize
2. Tell yourself whatever you visualize is already here
3. Be willing to do whatever it takes
4. and Realize there is no such thing as failure.

Today I wanted to look at the first of those steps a little closer.

Visualizing – what is it? In its simplest form, it’s the ability to imagine. Hey, we’re writers, we imagine GREAT. So – how do we apply that to getting what we want?

By imagining a scene in which you are the heroine (or hero). In this scene, you have reached your writing goals, your weight goals, your health goals, etc...

Imagine it – It could be sliding into a pair of size 7 jeans, wearing a skimpy little black dress, running up the stairs without getting winded. It could be The Call, or a huge party to celebrate your first sale, or your first appearance on the best-seller list, or you up on stage accepting your RITA.

Like writing, how can you flesh this scene out? Can you add people? Familiar settings, sounds, scents. Can you close your eyes and imagine them? Picture it all– flesh the scene out and make it real.

If you can't close your eyes and see the images in your mind's eye, write them. Just like you're writing a scene in the first person, layer in all the details. Be sure to include how it feels to accomplish your goal!!

Spend at least 5 minutes a day with this scene. Re-read it, tweak it, visualize it.

The truth is, our sub-conscious minds can’t discern between what is real and what is imagined. Science has shown that if you create an image in your sub-conscious mind and you visualize it daily, it becomes real to your sub-conscious and will soon find your conscious self working harder to create that reality.

Have you ever used visualization as a tool for writing or for weight loss? How's that gone? And if not, what do you think about giving this a try?

Tawny Weber writes hot, spicy stories for Harlequin Blaze. In January 2010, her novella, YOU HAVE TO KISS A LOT OF FROGS, was out in the Blazing Bedtime Story anthology and her next full length Blaze,, RIDING THE WAVES, will be out in September 2010. Come by and visit her on the web at


Sally Kilpatrick on May 13, 2010 at 9:15 AM said...

I have got to try visualization--Kelly Stone talks about that a lot in her books on writing. I did used to mutter "black bikini" under my breath while I ran--that was when I was at my thinnest in my midtwenties before the kids and what not. Maybe I'll try that again, only black is boring. Maybe leopard print this time.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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