It has been proven scientifically and scripturally that visualizing and believing your dream brings it about. There have been a plethora of studies showing how the power of positive thinking can change one's life. In the Bible (Mark 11:22-26) Jesus states that if you tell the mountain go throw yourself in the sea and do not doubt in your heart but believe what you say, it will be done for you. There are two key truths to focus on. First you tell, speak, say what you want and then you must believe. This sounds so easy, but negative talk and subtle doubts can sabotage your dream.
Start listening to yourself. Are you going around saying I'm a writer but I'm not published. This business is impossible to get published. I keep getting rejections. I can't win contests. Well these things may be happening but you give power to them if you speak them. Instead speak positive words like I am an author. I will place in the contest. I will be published. There is an editor who will love my writing.
Some writers put up a big poster board in their writing space and put pictures showing what they envision as their success. One friend of mine took best seller books and drew a cover for each one of her manuscripts. She wrapped her covers around the best sellers and put them on her bookshelf by her computer. As she wrote, she kept looking up at those books and believing they were her best sellers. It took some time, but she now actually does have best sellers she has written on her shelf.
So start saying to this mountain, I am a published author. Start believing that you are. Get rid of any negative talk. And watch what happens.