|Posted on 20 June, 2018 at 5:00|
"But I don’t feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset
I am in Paradise"
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
How do you keep yourself focussed and on track when you are working towards a goal?
One method I have found extremely powerful is visioning, having a clear image of what you want to achieve and keeping this in your mind regardless of any ups and downs along the way. The vision which keeps you going could be the opening night of your first solo exhibition; opening the cover of your debut novel; reading your profile in The Observer...
As a creative person, you can build up a clear picture for yourself – where you are, who is there with you, how you are feeling, what you are thinking. Make it as rich and full a vision as you want and remind yourself of it every day. You can use an image as your computer wallpaper or use a mood board, or use music.
The best example I have of using visioning in my own life comes from a few years ago, when I was living in Chester where I had been for 9 years. I like Chester very much, but I really wanted to get back to London, a place I love. On 1 January 2001, I told my friends that by 31 December 2001, I would be back in London.
I had no idea where in London I would be living, whether in a flat or house, or what sort of job I would be doing. So I created a quite simple picture for myself as my vision for my hoped for new life. On the day after I moved back to London, I would stand on Waterloo Bridge with my CD player and as the sun went down over the Thames, I would listen to Ray Davies’s mini masterpiece, “Waterloo Sunset”. At that moment, I would know that my goal had been achieved.
During the next few months, I had several near miss job interviews and “almost” opportunities, with all the emotional highs and lows which go along with them. But every morning, without fail, I would refocus my efforts and my intentions by playing “Waterloo Sunset”.
On the late afternoon of 18 December, 2001, I could have been found on Waterloo Bridge huddled against the chill air, wearing earphones and a silly big grin on my face as I watched the wintery sun slide behind The Houses of Parliament, listening to this wonderful song, before going home to my new south London flat. It was a bit of a close run thing, but I made my goal with a few days to spare.
And even better, whenever I need to focus on a goal, I can go back to the song and know, “Well, I made that goal, I can make the next one.”