Recently, a friend told me to use visualization techniques to help me get the job that I want. The trick is to put a picture of something that represents what you want directly in front of you so that you see it every day. Let me use this friend as an example. She is originally from New York and moved to Florida about 12 years ago. Changes in her life threw everything upside down for her, and her nephew, who was starting up a new communications company in New York with his brother, offered her a job. She accepted, so she packed up and moved.
Here’s where the visualization part comes in: On her computer at her job (in Florida), she had put a photo of New York City that she particularly loved as her wallpaper. Also on her desk, in her direct line of vision, were photos of her with these two nephews. So, every day she looked at photos of NYC, and herself with her nephews. Next thing you know, she was back in New York working for these nephews.
Now, I don’t know if that really was the result of visualization, the power of suggestion, kismet, or just plain old coincidence, but I figure anything that you can do to bring what you want to you—as long as it doesn’t hurt or inconvenience anyone else—is worth a shot. Pile on the ju-ju, if you will.
I found pictures of where I wanted to work online, printed them out, and taped them to my monitor. (I don’t have a wall in front of me, so I couldn’t tack them up, which would have been better, but you have to use what you have.) I’ve only had them up for about a month, so nothing’s happened yet, but I’m hopeful.
So what does this have to do with writing? Well, I see this as an un-invasive, unaggressive, non-obnoxious, free tool to use to improve your rate of acceptance and sales. Here’s what you do:
If you’re hoping to publish with a particular company, download that company’s logo, or if you want your book reviewed in a particular magazine or venue, download a cover image and tack it up where you work or where you spend most of your time. Maybe you’re working on a novel and are having a rough time with it—draw (by hand or with an art program) what you imagine your cover will look like. If you want to sell more of your books, print out the cover image and images of money and tack them up next to each other. The images have to be right in front of you.
I’m not an expert in this stuff, nor do I know if it works, but I am open to it. There are certain things that I firmly believe or do not believe. But I think most things are open to interpretation and anything is possible. That doesn’t mean that I will believe you if you tell me that if I hop on one foot, tap myself on the head, and recite the Star-Spangled Banner, I will win the lottery. It just means that I think we are capable of more than we generate as humans. There is untapped energy all around us. I’m sure that some of you think this is pure bat guano, and then there are those of you who believe in the mysticism of the world and the human mind, and that we could all live in some kind of fifth dimension if we just opened ourselves up to it. I fall somewhere in between.
Ultimately, using visualization techniques hurts no one and costs nothing, so why not?
There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man.
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.
It is the middle ground between light and shadow,
between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears
and the summit of his knowledge.
This is the dimension of imagination.
It is an area which we call…
The Twilight Zone.
—Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone