I do a lot of things to help make my writing dreams come true. I write. I promote. I propose. I don’t give up. I don’t accept rejection as failure. I build platform. But there are some other things I do, too. These have little to do with writing per se. They have more to do with using my focus to create what I want in my life. Some of you may find them somewhat woo woo, metaphysical or spiritual, but some of the most successful athletes, businesspeople and creatives I know use these same steps in one form or another. So, today I thought I’d share them with you.
First, I get very clear about what it is I want to create. For some people, this might be a new job or relationship. For our purposes here, let’s assume you want to create a career as a writer, a published book (a career as an author), a relationship with an agent, an acceptance by a publication, or something else related to your writing. Write this down in fine detail, but–and this is a big but–do so in the present tense (as if you had already manifested what you desire). You can also write about it in the past tense. Create a vivid picture of what you want using words. Do this on paper (or on your computer).
The second step is one that most people don’t consider; it’s a step most often missing from this process. How will your creation–your article, book, career as a writer–serve others? How can you give to others by getting what you want? Will you donate money to charity? Or will your book or article actually help solve an important problem people have? Can you give the gift of support via your writing? Or can you go a step farther than that? Consider how you will share your creation into the big picture of actually creating it.
Third, read this description of what you want aloud instilling in it all the feeling you can muster. By feeling I mean all the emotion you would have in this moment if you already had what you want. How would it feel to have just gotten off the phone with your agent, to be holding your published book, to see your article in a magazine, to pay your mortgage with the income you make as a writer? Don’t forget to imagine what it will feel like to share your dream come true with others. Muster these emotions and combine them with your imagined scenario.
Third, close your eyes and consider what action you need to do to bring your dream into reality. What must you do? More importantly, what do you feel inspired to do? Or what do you feel intuitively that you must do? Create a to-do list and start taking action to help bring your desire into your experience.
I employ these steps all the time. In particular, I use them when bringing my dreams into reality feels difficult, or when I feel things aren’t going as I’d like.
Try the process, and then tell me how it works for you. Leave me a comment, and tell me your results.