The Power of Visualization …
for Creative Types

Bob Sands back with you again on day two for this week’s The Writer’s life.

This week we’re looking at how to make the leap (or make it again!) into the writer’s life. Yesterday, we looked at the importance of preparation.

Today is all about goal-setting. But before you think you’ve heard it all, read on …

Have you ever tried to set goals, got bogged down in the process, and wound up feeling frustrated? I know I have! When I complicated it, my creative mind got distracted, and discouragement set in.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. There is an easier way, and my wife discovered it …

Every year in January, my wife, Pam, and I talk about the goals we’re looking to achieve for that year. But, on one particular New Year’s Day, Pam decided to take a little different approach. And, it changed everything!

Rather than write out the goals she wanted to accomplish, Pam decided to write herself a letter dated a year later. She wrote it in the past tense. In fact, she narrated everything she wanted to happen, as if it already had, one year later. Then she sealed it and put it away until the year was over.

The day finally came for her to open that letter she had written in January. She read it and was astonished at all she had accomplished!


No, it was just the power of visualization that set her on a new course. She still had to do the work. The magic was in the doing, but the power behind it was setting those goals in a creative way.

We are less than two weeks into a new year. If you want to begin to enjoy this thing we call the writer’s life, this is an important, and, yes, vital step.

We’ve all heard about the power of visualization. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble sitting quietly and seeing myself accomplishing my goals. But, put me behind the keyboard or hand me a pen and let me write it out, and I’ll be able see it in vivid detail. That’s why this exercise works so well, especially for us creative types.

So, what would you like your life to look like one year from today? Who do you want to know, what does your business look like? How about your relationships? Why not write down what success looks like for you. And try writing it in the past tense, like Pam did.

This method allows you to set your intention and go to work.

By the way, you don’t have to seal the letter and hide it away … you can read it every day, if you’d like. Feel free to even rewrite it once a month, if something needs to change.

One thing is for sure, this process will steel your belief and make your faith in yourself and what you can do even stronger. And, the moment you start to believe, you’ll start to see the writer’s life unfold before your eyes.

What works for you when it comes to goal-setting? What is your process? I would love for you to share it in the comments.

See you tomorrow, when I’ll be back with day three of the writer’s life and an introduction you should never forget.

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7 Responses to “The Power of Visualization … for Creative Types”

  1. Bob, I really love this idea. I totally believe in the power of visualization and goal setting. Finding a way to do that and feel that is something I have not been able to do successfully yet. This is a way to see myself in the future. Practice writing it and then reading it with the emotion of having it happen. I am going to do it right now. This is something I can actually do every day to propel my thoughts and feelings into action.

    Dr Bill

  2. Hi, Bob, this is really meaningful advise. I cannot hear myself if it isn't written down. I have a thing I like doing called analyses. Breaking a big goal down in small portions never fails me.

    Thank you very much for this read.

    Kind regards

    Guest (Christa Coetser)

  3. Great idea, Bob. I'm at that point where I need to take that leap. This begins to put flesh on the skeleton for me. I'm a thinker & I can think things to death. This is an excellent challenge for me. I will ponder this for the rest of this week...then take some time on the weekend to put it in writing. Thank you for sharing this creative idea.

    Joel Keller

  4. Good tip! Helps to stave off Overthinking, the great killer of joy (and creativity).

    One thing that helps me focus--and take my major goals seriously--is to write down the things I think I want, the goals I think I want to accomplish...and then put them in the hot seat. I ask for deeper reasons to believe: "Why do I REALLY want this goal? Why is this important, in the grand scheme of things? What could it do for me, for my family, or for the world?"

    Yeah, big questions, but it helps.


  5. What works for me is routines: anything I want I break down into small sub-activities that I do daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. Listing them keeps me on track. Same with goals. Any apprehension is best countered if you break a big goal down into small, achievable routines. I call it the: "See that wasn't so bad" approach. Then, encouraged, tackle the next particle.

    Guest (Roy)

  6. Hi Bob,

    Would you tell you wife I really love her idea of writing a letter to yourself like it was a year later? Putting it away to read in a year makes it even more fun.

    My letter is now sealed with "Open on 1/1/2016" on the envelope.

    Thanks for a great series this week!

    Julia Pero

  7. Hi,Bob, it is quite nice suggestion. It is called self motivation. Staying motivated brings you closer to your goals.Even, more important is setting your goals. These goals can written in a letter (to be opened later) or can be firmly resolved in mind. Indeed, useful Thanks for this article Narinder

    Guest (Narinder)

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