“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
There’s a great deal we can learn from creative visualization.
I was reminded of this by a friend who said he’d lost motivation to go to the gym.
My first thought was that he’s lacking motivation to go beyond the barriers. What I realized when he started describing the problem was that he needed to see the barriers first!
He wasn’t prepared for failure, that’s what had broken his motivation. He’d done just what sports psychology teaches us. To visualize the process and the success.
What doesn’t get pushed as much is the fact that athletes also visualize failure. Big, bold, butt-ugly failure.
They visualize the obstacles they’ll have to face on the way to success. In that way they’re prepared when the situation arises.
We as musicians, artists, producers or any other occupation need to do the same.
We need to visualize the situations when we hit a block. See how we can go through it and keep going forward. But we need to acknowledge that it’s there first. Otherwise we won’t be ready to stand up to it, and it’ll probably be the reason we fail. Adversity is inevitable. But if we’re prepared for it, it doesn’t have the same power as we have to overcome it.
On a personal note i’m really happy today. It’s great to be a part of seeing someone develop and blossom into who they’re meant to be. It takes courage to face things that make us uncomfortable and to show people our true feelings. Whether it be as a professional, performer or in our personal lives. The first step is the hardest, and a lot of people don’t even make it that far. Keep on putting one foot in front of the other. I’m proud of you.
The quotes are in!
“To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!” – Alfred A. Montapert
“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” – Robert Collier
“I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It’s like having a mental workshop.” – Jack Youngblood
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw
“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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