Now let’s put forward a proposition… if you are intent on creating a professional future in comics why not project into tomorrow and craft your acceptance speech for the inevitable award you will receive. Does that seem arrogant or overly optimistic? Perhaps, but it depends on what perspective you take.
You see the subconscious mind cannot distinguish an imagined scenario to that of a real one, so if you act as if your future is happening today and flood it with the feelings and imagery and the experience of winning an award (or indeed any other scenario) then you invoke a natural law called the Law of Subconscious Teleology.
In his 1920 book Suggestion and Autosuggestion, Charles Baudouin discusses the Law of Subconscious Teleology and states: “When the end has been suggested the subconscious finds a means for its realisation”.
In other words, the subconscious mind engages in aspirational-directed behaviour to realise the goal. This happens physiologically and biochemically insofar as the person’s subconscious mind will select the most efficient and appropriate means to attain that end.
New York Times bestselling author and one of the greatest motivational coaches in the world Jack Canfield utilises this idea beautifully in a fun exercise he proposes in his book Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He recommends people host or attend a “Come As You Are Party”, which effectively has you project into circumstances five years (or another time frame) from now. So in 2017, you would host a party as if you were in 2022 and living as your 2022 self. In this world, you will have already achieved your dreams in accordance with your personal success criteria, which differ from person to person. If your dream is to be published by DC or Marvel then you would bring a copy of your comic book or graphic novel with the studio branding on it to the party because you are operating from the viewpoint that it has already been published, which is, in fact, in your past and not your future. You could also bring a copy of the “Top 10 2022 Best Selling Comics and Graphic Novels List”, which includes your title.
So why not start living in 2022 today? If indeed one of your success criteria is to win a major comics award then here are 5 tips:
This is a practical application in how you can invoke The Law of Subconscious Teleology to the idea of reaching your full potential in your comics profession, and it is one example only. You can apply these principles to any other success goals you have or to the goals on your Bucket List, whether it is a trip to Paris, or owning a home, or being in a loving relationship with a wonderful partner… the list must be specific but it can be infinite.
© Julie Ditrich, 2017