Writing what you want out of life is a start. You will alter, add to or completely cross off these goals over the years. The constant uncertainty and change helps make your story great. Adapting to the change and accepting life’s unpredictable nature will help your character cope especially when conflict arises.
It might have taken you some time to decide what you want out of life, this was the easy part. Hopefully the motives you wrote down are challenging and you aren’t expecting a smooth ride. But talk is cheap. In order for your story to begin you must take action.
Without action the story never moves forward, it sits on your couch with a great list of good intentions. This tends to happen January 1 of each new year. We write down our resolutions and don’t add action plans or follow-up measurements. Most people have good motives, but don’t want to put in the work to take their lives from good to great. They get comfortable living through fictional reality TV and don’t consider how their real lives could be filled with more adventure and passion if they took just one small action at a time. The journey is what makes the final accomplishment more satisfying.
Assignment: Take Action!
Take one of your objectives or dreams and write down one action that will take you closer to the goal. Then go do it.
Did you have trouble completing the task? How did you feel when you completed it and what is the next step to keep you moving forward? Maybe this will be stopping by a soup kitchen and getting information about volunteering. Or you could call your mother who you haven’t spoken to in 5 years to say hello. The action doesn’t have to be monumental if you aren’t ready. Maybe you’ll start by finding out where the soup kitchens in your city are? Just like any skill, risk must be practiced. Small risks will lead to bigger risks. You will become more comfortable with being uncomfortable. In order to make big changes you must take big risks and you must embrace the unknown.
This post is part of an ongoing series on writing a better story for your life.