Picture it, capture it!

Woman forming a frame with her hands at sunrise

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who sees he can!

Many, many years ago, I learned something that I will never forget. I learnt you can more or less get what you want from life if you can picture yourself getting it. If you want a Mercedes-Benz, and can hold a picture of you driving in that car and even seeing it parked in your garage, then there is a very real possibility of you getting it, depending on how vivid you made the picture in your mind.

In the mid-1950s, a flamboyant but unknown American pianist named Liberace had dreams of performing in front of a big crowd at the famous Hollywood Bowl. So, he gathered some money, rented the Hollywood Bowl on an off night, showed up wearing a tuxedo and played a full concert on a grand piano to absolutely no audience at all.

As he played, he imagined the audience he would have one day. He imagined the clapping, the applause and painted a distinct picture in his mind of it happening.

Then he kept that dream alive until, four years later to the very night, Liberace performed at the Hollywood Bowl before a capacity crowd.

Several years prior, it was Harry Emerson Fosdick who voiced a new thought about self-transformation. He said, “Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye and you will be drawn towards it. Picture yourself vividly as defeated and you will be defeated. Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success.

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Robert Clements is a journalist and newspaper columnist. With an estimated 6 million readership, Bob’s Banter is published in over 30 newspapers and magazines in nearly every state in India, as well as in the top newspapers of Bangladesh, Dubai and Pakistan and is also translated into Hindi. He blogs at www.bobsbanter.com and can be reached at bobsbanter@gmail.com