You’re wearing an oversized oatmeal-colored sweater and your favorite pair of blue jeans that lift your bum.
What only you know is that you’ve also got on your only pair of matching underthings (a red lacy bra and undies–because black is soooo boring) that you usually reserve for date night with the husband, but you ordered a few more matching sets since wearing them gives you an extra boost of confidence.
And why shouldn’t you wear them just for yourself?
You stroll over to your kitchen and heat up some water in your turquoise kettle.
You pull out a mug with the word ‘boss’ on it and fix a cup of peppermint and licorice tea.
Next stop…the living room.
After fluffling the ears of your terrier, Matilda, you walk over to your laptop with your cup of tea.
You flop onto the couch and Matilda perks up. She stares up at you with those adorable chocolate eyes and you pet the couch beside you, the signal that she can jump up and snuggle into your side which she does immediately.
By the time you get your laptop powered up, Matilda’s soft snore plays like background noise.
You open up the blog post outline you worked on two days ago, because you now appreciate that comfortable feeling an outline gives you unlike the blank page that mocks you in the cruelest of ways.
You take a few sips of your tea which is now the perfect temperature. It slides down your throat, the sweet taste of candy without any calories. Thank you, Tea Pigs!
You set your mug down on top of the latest edition of Mollie Makes, reminding yourself that you are in fact a boss.
Then, you start typing.
You type and type and type and type and type.
You fill in your entire outline within forty minutes. You look up once you’ve finished and realize your tea is cold.
You didn’t stop to take another sip, to check Instagram or email. That’s unheard of for you and you’re so proud of yourself for getting this task done within forty minutes instead of the two hours it normally takes.
Matilda’s still snoring, curled into a little ball at your side.
You read back over your rough draft and you can’t help but laugh, jostling Matilda. She glances up at you with that ‘excuse me but I’m sleeping and the world revolves around me’ look and you laugh again.
You really really really like your rough draft.
Sure, it needs edits.
Every rough draft needs edits.
But, every section is clear. It comes across as witty and it’s already got some funny bits. It sounds like you, not blog robot you. YAY!
For the first time you don’t feel as if you have to rewrite every sentence.
You read it again just to make sure you didn’t lose your mind in the last ten minutes.
Nope. Your rough draft is actually good!
You voice message your only local business friend–the only person who will understand what a big win this is–to let her know. She’s so excited for you that she suggests that you meet up for lunch.
You agree. Why not celebrate writing an incredible rough draft when you’ve been blogging for six months and never had this experience before?
This is an example of visualization.
I made this blogger up.
I imagined someone who had slogged through writing her rough drafts for her blog posts for the past six months and what she could visualize before writing her next blog post in order to try to make the experience a lot better.
I guarantee it would be more positive if she took five to ten minutes to visualize this type of experience before sitting down to write.
A lot of people write off visualization. They think it’s too out there or “woo woo.”
But, olympic athletes use it all the time. Some swear by it. I used it before every dive when I was on the diving team in high school which helped me place at states.
Visualization isn’t just for sports–it’s an incredible tool for entrepreneurs.
You can use this before a webinar, before writing a blog post, before going live on Instagram, before a product photo session…before almost anything you do in your business.
All you need to do is sit somewhere quiet and walk through the situation in your mind. Try to use all your senses and include as many details as possible.
Even if you only have a couple minutes to do this, you’ll most likely see positive results.
And, the more you practice it, the better you’ll get at it.
At first, this will probably feel weird and foreign. That’s normal. Keep going and it’ll become a natural part of your warm up.
Have you ever tried visualization? Did it help? Do you do it regularly? Share in the comments below!