I was inspired by Liz Garton Scanlon's post, The Exercise of Writing: Metaphor Olympics and Sara Lewis Holme's post, The Exercise of Writing: Playing the Game, last week. While I'm not the most athletic individual, I can appreciate the beauty of sport as well as the inspiration from determined and focused athletes. It is a wonder and a honor to watch an athlete so into their visualization, so into their moment, they are unaware of anyone else around them.
Don't know of what I write? See it in action for yourself. Watch any sport--track, figure skating, hockey, swimming, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, football, baseball, or anything else you enjoy. Then do yourself a favor and look at the athletes.
Look into any athlete's face and see what is emanating deep from their soul. It's easy to see who wants the medal, the trophy, the win. It shines all over their face, in the intensity of their eyes, in the focus of their attention, the determination of every movement, in every breath. Unfortunately, it's also easy to see the athlete who lost their momentum and for a few seconds, lost their visualization. All it takes is that split second of uncertainty, and the edge is gone.
I posted before on how important it is to visualize your goal. Liz and Sara's week of posts and Big Round 'em Up List remind me even more, how vital visualization is to our goals and dreams. Oh, yeah. Gotta add something of cinematic proportions to encourage the worthiness of all the pain and sweat of our efforts and hard work. I remember reading somewhere on how determined athletes visualize their wins, so much they go through the play-by-play motion. When they train. When they walk around on their errands. They live it. They breathe it. They dream it. Every precious second is accounted for in their memory. Their muscles are committed to every movement, their brains are focused.
These athletes have lived the win every day for as long as they remember. They have trained hard for this dream. Every inch of their being knows the sweet sense of the win. They can feel the weight of the trophy, the embrace of the medal around their neck. They can see and hear the crowds cheering from the sidelines, shouting out their names. There is no doubt in their minds--by the end of the day, they are going to have that medal or that trophy in hand.
So, for this Inspiration Monday...Visualize your goal. Keep it front and center. Work hard. Then work harder. Visualize your end results. You gotta believe it, get your arms around the nitty gritty details you need to work through to reach your goal, and see the play-by-play moves. You've got to want it so much you live your dream while you train. And then train harder. Live it and breathe it. See it and believe it.
Because. You have an amazing idea. You are smart enough. You are talented enough. You can work it and bring it on. Visualize your goal. See the little steps you need to take and the minute details of what you visualize when you've captured your dream. You can do it. I believe you can.
Which leads me to how I did this week in the 2008 New Year's 30 Day Challenge. Last week, I gathered up the comments from my awesome on-line critique group, and revised the first three chapters of my WIP. Which led me to revising my next few chapters. So, technically, while I didn't really add many words, I'm happy with my progress. I've got six chapters that I'm almost done fiddling with. Plus I've worked out more on the plot line and character development. And I know my ending! Hopefully, this will make the rest of the manuscript easier to write.
How did you all do? Remember to leave a comment to be considered for the prize. If you have trouble leaving a comment, then send me an e-mail (hipwritermama at comcast dot net) with your progress. We are almost done! The finish line is approaching...The final check-in is this Thursday, January 31st by 11pm EST. See you at the finish line!