We are all actors in our own life scripts – we have no choice with this.
But a role that we can choose, and should choose to actively play, is that of a script writer.
Your Life Follows a Script… So Be the Writer
Too often, people drift through life letting situations and circumstances determine their story.
They want adventure or purpose, and are envious of those who have found their calling.
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah
The first step to living the life of your dreams is to simply put your desires down on paper.
A POWERFUL exercise you can use to jumpstart your life script can be done in less than 3 minutes.
Note: this technique is from Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog!
Create your life snapshot by doing the following:
Give yourself only 30 seconds to answer each the following questions.
- What are your 3 most important business and career goals right now?
- What are your 3 most important family and relationship goals right now?
- What are your 3 most important financial goals right now?
- What are your 3 most important health goals right now?
- What are your 3 most important personal and professional development goals right now?
- What are your 3 most important social and community goals right now?
- What are your 3 biggest problems or concerns in life right now?
Please stop reading and try it out now.
Those who played along will be amazed at the results.
The rapidly generated answers give you a written snapshot of what is really important to you RIGHT NOW.
Review Your Written Goals
Look over this snapshot daily and you’ll start to see different paths to your goals.
Once you have set your attention on your desires, opportunities that were once hidden begin to appear with regularity.
There is actually a part of your brain dedicated to noticing information it thinks that you will find useful. It is called the Reticular Activation System (RAS).
The Reticular Activation System is like a search function for your brain.
Your RAS can work for your benefit, if you direct where its attention should focus on by looking over your written goals regularly.
Writing the above question and answer set is such a powerful exercise because it focuses and clarifies your thinking.
“What you focus on expands.” – Deepak Chopra
Seeing your goals in writing makes them real, establishes intention, and motivates you to seek their realization. So what’s next?
Date the Goals to Give Yourself a Timeline
If you’ve been working on spending more quality time with your family for the last 6 months but it hasn’t happened yet, it is time to get more clear by… you guessed it, more writing. Get more specific in your writing.
For example, “I will spend 30 minutes a day learning Spanish.”
Write the next action you should take to get closer to your goal. “I need to sign up for Duolingo.”
This type of writing helps determine the next step and prioritizes the most important issues. Then feel free to expand and update your goals as you reach them or as life circumstances change.
Writing Disciplines Thoughts and Actions
When you say “yes” to an unfulfilling job or a lackluster relationship, you are saying no to other possibilities. Having your intentions on paper will help you recognize and uncover the things you are saying ‘no’ to.
This clarity makes it easier to do the work and make the difficult decisions that will get you to where you want to be.
“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” – Napoleon Hill
Writing Into the Unknown
Writing your life script is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights illuminate… but you can make the whole trip that way.
A financial goal might be to:
“Make $100,000 a year doing something I love. [December, 15 2015] 600 days left as of 4/24/2014”
But what’s the next step?
Maybe it’s looking for a new job. Developing your unique abilities. Spending time with people who have already reached that goal.
You just have to write down what the next best option is, for better ones to begin to appear.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt — Zachary Sexton (@Buckets_cc) April 25, 2014
“Have you envisioned wild success lately?” – David Allen
You are an actor in this world… so you might as well have a say as to what your lines will be.
Writing your goals down clarifies your thinking, directs your focus, establishes intention, creates self-discipline, makes action easier, and prioritizes your next steps.
It opens your eyes to the possibilities that are out there in the world.
I encourage you to be the writer, actor, director, producer, set designer, and any other role you can think of to stretch this metaphor.
Putting your goals to paper is the first step in creating the world you want to live in.
I hope some of you choose to share parts of your life script in the comments below. Your words will inspire others to start taking control of their destiny.
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