WOD #27

As Jonathan says, “AT is among the most effective personal practices in steeling the creator against the fear and anxiety that ride along with the uncertainty of creation, but it’s not the only daily mind-set force multiplier in our arsenal.” (On a personal, I think prayer is a great synonym for AT.)

So, what’s next?

Today, we’ll learn about a new approach to simulation and visualization that focuses on the daily walk, not the prize. Just as Proverbs 3 tells us to write things down and tie them around our neck, we’ll see how we can apply that same lesson to our creative process.

To “seeing” together,

Train Your Brain: Step 2 – Visualization

The approach to visualization or mental stimulation most often offered is something called outcome simulation. It asks you to create a vivid picture of a specific outcome as if it has already happened.

There is, however, a different approach to visualization that has been shown in a number of published studies to be significantly more powerful than outcome visualization. It’s called process simulation, and true to its name, it focuses on visualizing not the outcome or goal but the steps and actions needed to get there.

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP, offers three powerful ways to put this tool to work:

1. Define your daily creation ritual.
2. Use it to self-regulate or stick to your ritual.
3. Create a tangible manifestation of your commitment.

When you write the steps down, you invariably see yourself doing them. So you’re really just journaling your process simulation in real time.

When you simulate taking the steps needed for creating your day, you end up taking those steps with greater regularity, moving through your creative process with greater ease, and becoming more likely not only to get to the end but to create on a higher level. You create momentum, and that is a powerful tool in the face of the undertow of uncertainty.


Today’s Quote:
                                            “I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It’s like having a mental workshop.”

– Jack Youngblood

Today’s Affirmation:

Today, I will practice feeling the fear and choosing to move forward anyway. I will do one thing that scares me.

Today’s Verse:

Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.

Proverbs 4:26