I enjoy reading books by Laurell K. Hamilton. I have read them all. Luckily, she also blogs, so I can read how her books are coming along while they are being written. Yesterday (August 12), she wrote a great post on writer’s block, among other things. This bit "Act, as if. Act as if you’re brave when you’re scared. You’ll still be scared, but you’ll seem brave, and you won’t let the fear stop you. Strangely, if you act braver than you are over and over again, eventually most fears begin to recede, to grow less. Not all, but most. Act as if you’re more positive than you are, and over a number of years you find that you have become more positive." hit me in the heart. This is exactly how I face my own fears, my own weaknesses. I literally fake it at first, until it is not so scary. I have used this method to become more positive in my own life. There are so many other ways to describe this technique. "Fake it ’til you make it" and "just do it" come to mind. And yet, I think I prefer this, as it has a component of visualization: act as if you have already succeeded. Act as if you are already who you would like to be.