Sunday, March 15, 2009

Question of the Day #130

While we're on the subject of envisioning and manifesting our goals, I'm going to share my "secret."

I posted a bulletin board on the wall that faces my desk. Every morning and throughout the day when I'm working and writing, I see the Printz Award seal I enlarged, printed out and posted, the NY Times Bestseller list on which I cut and pasted my novel into the #1 slot, and business cards of people I'd like to work with, etc.

Maybe we can help each other increase our positive powers. What tools do you use to visualize your future or trigger positive thoughts? Notes? Reminders? Quotes?



  1. Oh, wow -- that's great. I wish I had something clever to say I use or do, but I don't. Just yesterday I bought a small business card holder and my husband looked at me like I was crazy. I told him I was sending it to my publisher so she'd have something to display my cards in when she goes to book festivals. For a second, I guess Rick was thinking I was going to display my cards here at home like there was going to be some rush of people at the door.

    I like your bulletin board ideas. I think it helps when you can see something to work towards.

  2. I keep a few quotes posted on my wall next to my computer & desk: 1) Growth demands a temporary surrender of security, 2) A means to an end, not the end in and of itself, 3) Travel is fatal to prejudice, and 4) You don't get a better seat in heaven if you are a doctor versus a kitchen helper. Some quotes remind me to chill when I get stressed, other quotes remind me that "we are all in this together" on this planet so let's help each other out instead of fighting one another. I think people probably pass my office and wonder why that weird girl is staring at the wall again - but really I'm reading the quotes to put everything back into perspective.

  3. I made vision boards, a long time ago, by cutting pictures out of magazines. There were a lot of books and swords on them as well as a really nice mansion with beautiful pool.

    I also did a paragraph on who I wanted to be and had that as my affirmation paragraph. I've dabbled in The Artist's Way. I've read great quotes and thought a lot about having them up on my wall by my desk, but never really got there.

    One of my favorite quotes is at the bottom of my blog.

  4. I love the quote at the bottom of my blog that says "We write to know we're not alone."

    We aren't alone. I write to share. My ultimate goal is to share with as many people as I can, so I am constantly reminding myself of my goal.

  5. For the past 20 years I have displayed the following quote somewhere in my home - "Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference." It works.

  6. Hmm, tools to visualize the future or trigger positive thoughts... Let's see:
    1. Improving my spirituality.
    2. Yes, I'm a poem and quote person. They help me a lot to cope. You can see some in my blog posts.
    3. Positive persons and surroundings. You can't have positive thoughts, when your close ones tend to drag your spirits down or the situation around you gives no mood and inspiration. But, get ready to soar on the contrary :)

  7. Hi Suzanne. Great question, as always. I'll come back to this later.
    But for now I just want to tell you that you've just been given the Sisterhood Award for this great blog!
    Please visit my blog Wandering Pam at
    And please keep the energy flowing with new awardees of your own.

  8. I've got a "vision board" very similar to yours. I stashed it away when I was cleaning up - thanks for the reminder to drag it back out...and update it.

  9. I find (some) quotes inspiring. In difficult times, I write them up on cards and put them in my work area. Other times, I might just remind myself of something inspirational during the day.
    Meditation always puts me in a (more) positive frame of mind. And if I'm really working towards achieving a task or developing a quality in myself, I try visualization and meditation.
    One of my favourite books on the subject is Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain.


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