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Visualize Confidence

Visualize Confidence
How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt



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Visualize a More Confident, Capable You

To achieve, you have to believe. It's that simple. If you can picture yourself doing something difficult or challenging, you'll have a better chance of making it happen because you'll have confidence in your ability to succeed. This book offers you proven-effective skills for developing the confidence you need to turn your dreams into reality through the use of guided imagery.

The guided imagery process couldn't be simpler or more powerful: you develop a rich picture in your mind of whatever it is that you want to happen. Research suggests that visualization stimulates the brain in many of the same ways as actual experience. When you visualize, you prepare yourself to experience your goal, developing self-confidence and conviction as you go. You'll gain renewed optimism, learn anti-worry strategies, and use your imagination to foster the calm and poise you need to feel confident, competent, and assured. The mind-body techniques in the book include guided imagery, meditation, creative visualization, and personal rituals and exercises.


Kirwan Rockefeller, PhD, is the director of arts and humanities continuing education at the University of California, Irvine. His expertise includes psychology, visual and performing arts, humanities, and body-mind modalities. He has consulted with... Read more

Books by Kirwan Rockefeller


Kirwan Rockefeller has written a wonderfully helpful book for anyone who needs to boost their self-confidence. Using a variety of directed guided imagery exercises, Rockefeller encourages readers to grow their confidence in steps that are small enough to manage yet big enough to matter. This book is most highly recommended for anyone beginning or ending a job or relationship and for all junior high school students.
—David E. Bresler, Ph.D., L.Ac., president of the Academy for Guided Imagery (, founder of the UCLA Pain Control Unit, and former White House Commissioner on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re probably right.” Kirwan Rockefeller has made a real contribution with this book, teaching you how to use the remarkable power of your imagination to shift from self-doubt and self-criticism to envisioning, affirming, and encouraging yourself to follow your dreams and make them real. Well-written, easy to follow, and it works!
—Martin L. Rossman, MD, author of Guided Imagery for Self-Healing and Fighting the Cancer Within, founder of The Healing Mind (, and cofounder of the Academy for Guided Imagery. (

Given the trend toward self-care in health care, Kirwan Rockefeller’s book is a refreshingly useful introduction to the use of imagery for self-awareness, confidence, and resiliency. The guided and multisensory imagery chapters are presented with case vignettes and sample exercises that will greatly enhance the work of coaches, educators, and psychotherapists.
—Ilene A. Serlin, Ph.D, ADTR, founder and director of Union Street Health Associates, Inc. in San Francisco, CA and series editor of Mind-Body Medicine: The Art of Whole Person Healthcare

This clear, concise, user-friendly book combines practical advice with guided-imagery exercises designed to replace helplessness with independence, despair with affirmation, pessimism with assertiveness, and doubt in one’s abilities with a reality-based sense of trust that can unleash one’s most exciting potential. Rockefeller has based his suggestions on cutting-edge research in the psychology of creativity, management, and guided imagery. The results build a bridge between attitudes and behaviors that have the potential of leading the reader to lifelong changes in both.
—Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., coeditor of The Varieties of Anomalous Experience and executive faculty member at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, CA

Rockefeller has accomplished the rare feat of relaying profound ideas with warmth and simplicity. His text is pleasing but powerful, the exercises vivid yet soothing; his directive imagery is a portal from the conscious mind to the depths of our soul, ground of our beliefs and behaviors. With the supportive and attentive presence of Rockefeller, the reader floats past the layers of habit to this ground and gently evokes the mysterious creativity that is transformative. This is truly a self-help, self-healing book that can inspire everyone.
—Patricia Amrhein, Ph.D., OMD. L.Ac., private clinical practitioner, oriental medicine doctor, licensed acupuncturist, and depth psychologist

Having taught imagery to healthcare professionals and having used it as a therapeutic modality in my private practice for more than twenty years, I can testify to the power of imagery to build confidence. Kirwan Rockefeller has created a clear, step-by-step journey for anyone of any age to follow. I particularly like his use of imagery scripts, vision boards, and journaling exercises. These form a wonderful combination that not only builds confidence but stirs creativity. Rockefeller’s book speaks to the head and the heart to help people confidently live their life to the fullest.
—Judith Westerfield, MA, marriage and family therapist and executive faculty member at the Academy for Guided Imagery in Laguna Niguel, CA

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