I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nina Amir, the Inspiration-to-Creation coach and Certified High Performance coach. She recently published Creative Visualization for Writers, which I had the pleasure of reading. Whether you’re just starting out as a writer or beginning a second or third or fourth book, Nina’s Creative Visualization workbook is a worthy guide. Quite plainly, there’s nothing out there on the market that compares to this book.
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
Creative Visualization with Nina Amir
Why did you decide to write this book now?
I saw the adult coloring book trend happening and started thinking about doing one for writers. However, I didn’t think writers would want to just color—since most don’t have enough time to write.
I did think writers needed a book that helped them work through the blocks that stop them from writing, increase productivity and creativity, and move consistently toward their goals. And I could see the benefit of coloring—if focused on the end goal of successful authorship.
The coloring book trend will end. My publisher and I agreed that we wanted to create a timeless book that could be used over and over again to make writing dreams real—now, next month, next year, or 15 years from now.
How does your book help authors to focus the power of their minds on thoughts that help their progress as an author launching a career?
It includes 100+ interactive exercises—journaling, drawing, coloring, mind mapping, and more. Among these are the ones in the Self-Exploration section, which help them root out negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, as well as payoffs for inaction, and change them into positive thoughts and unlimited beliefs.
Additionally, the Focus section provides affirmation pages and coloring pages. All of these help writers focus their thoughts on what they want rather than on what they don’t want to create.
How can writers harness the power of their thoughts?
They can focus their mind on a vision of what they desire, in this case, successful authorship. Visualizations and affirmations help enormously.
The idea is to get the mind trained on what you want and where you want to go. That makes it easier to take action toward that end.
Of course, there is the whole Law of Attraction aspect to this idea, which says you will attract what you desire if you think about it and visualize and feel as if you already have received it. Yes…this is true to some extent, but you have to take action.
Focusing on the end goal helps you take that action while also aligning you energetically with that accomplishment.
How can a new writer motivate his or her inner successful author?
Sit quietly with eyes closed and a notebook or journal nearby. Imagine the part of you that is already successful or knows how to be successful as a writer.
Allow yourself to be this person energetically. What does that feel like?
Then ask this as part of your questions. What should I do next? What mistakes am I making? Where should I focus my attention? How should I write this query letter?
Then open your eyes. Write down what your Inner Successful Author advised.
What rituals do you incorporate into your life that support your success?
I like to enter my office and light candles, burn incense and clear my energy with the Native American Indian tradition of smudging. As I light the candles, I call on my guides and angels as well as Source to be with me, help me tap into my Higher Self, and show me how to best serve my clients, readers, and anyone with whom I come into contact that day.
If I have time, I take 30 to 60 minutes to meditate, journal and read before I even enter the office, but I don’t always have time, or I choose to work out instead.
I also journal briefly at night to offer gratitude, note what worked during the day—and what didn’t, and to describe three things that would make the next day awesome.
How can you help a budding author as a certified high performance coach?
The foundation of success lies in personal development. Ask any highly successful person, and you will learn that they have invested a lot of money in their self-growth.
As a Certified High Performance Coach—one of only 300 elite coaches in the world—I help writers overcome the challenges that prevent them from achieving success. I help them develop more clarity, courage, energy, influence, productivity by helping them master their psychology (mindset including clarity and courage), physiology (energy), persuasion skill (with others and themselves), and goals achievement ability (productivity).
What does all of this do? It helps them do what most don’t … write. And it helps them level up in every are of their lives, so they have more freedom to write!
When you can influence yourself to clearly and courageously move toward your writing goals, you will find yourself producing the work and putting it out into the world. You’ll take action on a regular basis toward successful authorship.
And in the process, you’ll find yourself living life in general, as well as life as an author, more enthusiastically, joyously and productively. You’ll also be present with all you do and on purpose. You’ll know your purpose as a writer and fulfill it and your potential.
I do this with a series of 12 sessions created by the world’s best high performance coach and founder of the High Performance Academy and the High Performance Institute. The sessions are curriculum driven, so results are almost guaranteed as long as a person is willing to work with and through the sessions and be open to making change.
You can find out more at http://ninaamir.com/nina-amir-high-performance-coach or sign up for a free one-hour high performance strategy session by filling out the form here (and emailing it to me): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fnszbmgn9qq4ywc/AADV7u6shP1g_JR7yIPl8ixga?dl=0
How do you deal with/manage negative thoughts?
Sometimes I just take action and prove them wrong! If I keep hearing You can’t do that, I do it. It’s an affirmation of action.
And I write or say affirmations. I have a lot of them around my desk.
I also visualize what I want to create, which quiets the negative thoughts and trains my brain on success.
Sometimes I talk to a coach, someone who can help me see that these thoughts are not true—they have no validity.
But it’s a constant process.
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Why did you combine drawing and coloring in this book?
Drawing and coloring both help writers access the right side of the brain. But not every writer feels they can draw. Anyone can color, though. And coloring has some great benefits—it’s relaxing and helps you focus.
How have you dealt with your weaknesses?
I’ve either strengthened them through education and practice, or I’ve delegated those tasks to others—if possible.
I also accept my weaknesses, rather than constantly berating myself for them.
Which successful authors, bloggers or journalists have you modeled your own success on?
Authors: Wayne Dyer, Alan Cohen, Dan Millman, Mindy Ribner, David A Cooper, Deepak Chopra
Bloggers: Michael Hyatt, Joel Friedlander, Darren Rowse, Carol Tice, Mary Jacksh, Chris Garrett
Journalists: Linda Formicelli, Carol Tice, Oprah Winfrey
What has failure taught you?
To try again. To be tenacious and not give up.
On the other side of the coin, it’s taught me to evaluate if a failure indicates a need to focus my attention on something else or shift direction. This is a harder lesson that I’m struggling to learn.
What steps do you take to see your success?
I take action—often before I’m ready or things are perfect.
I set goals, chunk them down into smaller action items. Then I put those items on my to-do list. I work on them one by one, always moving closer to my goals.
And I set deadlines and stick to them.
And to “see” my success, I try to remember to account for them. To acknowledge them, and to celebrate them—but I don’t always succeed.
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How did you develop the four stages of creation: desire, thought, feeling, action?
Interesting that you should ask … This framework comes from a forthcoming book based in Jewish mysticism, or Kabbalah. It is based on how the Kabbalists explain the creation of the world.
The first three of the four stages parallel the Law of Attraction—have a desire, focus your thought on that desire, and feel the desire as received. The fourth is often left out of the equation…and is most important. The Kabbalists say that action is where the action is, and I agree.
I discovered this framework when I searched for the Law of Attraction, or deliberate creation, within the teachings of Kabbalah. I knew it had to be there…and it was!
When did you first commit to becoming a full-time writer? What brought you to that decision?
I suppose I decided in high school when I chose to seek an education that would provide a career as a writer. I got a degree in magazine journalism, and I have worked as a writer in one form or another ever since I graduated in 1982. My career has included editing and blogging as well.
What is a purpose-driven goal?
It’s a goal that aligns with your purpose.
If your goals are not aligned with your purpose, they take you off track.
You must know why you do what you do and how each action gets you closer to achievement of your goals.
And you might have a purpose for your career, your life, your book, your article…whatever. But to fulfill that purpose, you must align your actions and goals with that purpose.
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What influences have contributed to your successful career?
I would attribute my success to a mother who supported my career decision and being surrounded by writers growing up. My parents had several friends who wrote for major networks or were novelists.
Additionally, I received a fabulous education at Syracuse University that taught me not only how to write and edit but also trained me in design and photography.
I’ve also been lucky to be supported by my husband. He has always believed in my work and encouraged me to follow my dreams—even if I wasn’t making much money.
I’ve also had good mentors, like Michael Larsen (How to Write a Book Proposal), and was able to get a second education from the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, which he runs, and from the experts I’ve interviewed or asked to participate in my Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.
I’ve also been influenced by inspiring magazines, successful writers and speakers, teachers in the personal development movement, and great writers.
Yes…but I have to qualify my answer.
People see me as incredibly productive, and I see myself as just barely adequately productive if that make sense. Let me explain.
I know I could be WAY more productive. I realize I am more productive than a lot of people, but I also realize that I haven’t scratched the surface of my ability to be productive. I know I could level up in this area a lot.
As for my productivity tips, here are five:
- Schedule everything. Get your projects and goals on your calendar in blocks of time.
- Focus your attention on the time you have. When you decide to write or have scheduled a writing block (or a block to do anything), train your brain only on that one task. You can’t manage your time, but you can manage your attention. So do that above all else.
- Take care of you. If you don’t have the energy to do your work, it won’t get done. So sleep 8 hours per night, eat a healthy diet, exercise 3-5 times per week, drink a lot of water, and find time to meditate—even for 10 minutes.
- Tie everything into your Big Why. If you aren’t committed to the reason why you are writing or doing anything at all, you won’t do it. And if you do take action, it will be less effective or productive action. So connect with the emotional reasons behind the goals you choose to take on.
- Find your purpose and passion. When you have both of these—purpose and passion—you will feel inspired. And that inspiration will drive you to action—what I call inspired action.
The author of this post was Nina Amir. Author and High Performance Coach Nina Amir is a ten-time Amazon bestselling author of 19 titles, including How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual and Creative Visualization for Writers. She helps aspiring authors impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Her clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses, and created thriving businesses from their books. She founded National Nonfiction Writing Month and the Nonfiction Writer’s University. Six of her books were on the Amazon Top 100 list simultaneously.
The author of this blog: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks, and blogger at Bowker’s Self-Published Author. She’s written several social media books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for my free email course.
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