Write About What’s Next

Old vintage typewriterSo what’s next for you, in your work or home life? Have you given any thought to changes you’d like to make?

One exercise you may want to consider trying is writing about your next job or home or whatever you’re in the market for. Laura Berman Fortgang, life satisfaction coach and author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction, recommends this activity to her clients.

She calls the activity Write Your Own Fiction, and here are the rules:

  • Write five different and distinct scenarios for how you will get from where you are to where you want to be.
  • The scenarios can be close to real life or totally outrageous.
  • If you aren’t sure yet about where you want to be, write about how you discovered what that was.
  • Write in the present tense, as if it is happening now.

So what is the value in this exercise? Here is Fortgang’s explanation:

The act of writing and reading your fiction trains your intellect, primes your intution, and informs your subconscious in such a way that you begin to notice the opportunities that can float you to your desired outcome. It causes you to become a bit of a transmitter, like a broadcast tower. You are sending out a signal and receiving one at the same time. Writing fiction causes your brain to expand to new possibilities. It puts you in a state of anticipation and hope, which then allows you to open yourself to opportunities and symbolic encouragement that you may not noticed before…

She goes on to say that reading your own fiction is like the athlete that uses visualization to improve their performance. It aslo makes you more aware of the opportunities that are already out there. As you read over the scenarios, look for trends. Is there anything there that may help you determine your next step?

Fortgang says that if you have a difficult doing this fiction-writing exercise, try a hobby that involves using your hands or involves your whole body. A few weeks of this kind of activity will help you feel again, and then you can try the exercise.

We’re just one month into the new year. Use this activity to help you plan for the next big thing.

-G.

 

 

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Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

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