Last week, I went to La Bellavia up in Flagstaff for French toast and eggs with hollandaise. What a blast from the past – it used to be my favorite breakfast place when I was attending university here and the food was as delicious as I remembered.
While I was there, I decided to do an exercise I came up with some months ago, namely writing the story of how I achieved an important goal as though it has already come to pass.
This exercise allows you to capture action items and helpful beliefs to plan and program into your present. The really cool thing about this exercise is that every time I’ve done this exercise, it has really worked, with specific things coming to pass exactly as I dreamed them. Also, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun to just cut loose and dream on paper.
In my case, it was building up my post-Amazon.com consulting efforts into a relatively modest business — $1,236 per month, in addition to the money I make as a freelance writer — by the end of the first quarter of 2015 as a feasibility exercise. Like any good goal, I made sure it was Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound (SMART).
My StoryGoal example
Here is what I wrote:
“Wow. I am so happy,” I wrote. “I’m earning $1,236 per month just on the strength of Casual Miracles. This is so cool! I mean, back in October, I had some clients I was doing trades with, and really I was very much enjoying facilitating and pretty good at it, too and also I was wanting more money to come in. I knew what I had to offer was super valuable, but I was a little unclear regarding how to get the word out, to tell people about it. But then I just started to take small steps, blogging regularly, working my social media, and showing up. Early on, I did a radio talk show and put that on my website and — BAM! — did it ever help things!
“I also started following up with my clients and leads and asking for referrals, offering value for both leads and for converted clients. I drove capturing testimonials and put them all over my website. That was powerful. It also didn’t hurt that I did a branding trade with one of my clients. Booyah!
“I think the coolest part of all of this — besides pulling my expenses out of my earnings and not savings — is that I now have this excellent sense that my business is feasible. I’m still in nursing school and now I have the high quality decision to make over the summer about whether I should continue now that my business is ta king off. This is so Entreleadership and so cool! I really love that I made some magic happen, but in a practical way.
“The other thing I’ve been doing is getting certified as a coach, ironically so I can do a better job with the coaching that has turned out to be a pretty healthy part of my business. My friend Eliana said recently during a session, ‘This is who you are.’
“To that I say, ‘I’m so glad I get to do what it is that I am!’ I’m so grateful for this work.”
Pulling action items and belief statements out of a StoryGoal
This was essentially a brainstorm that I did sitting at a table in a coffee shop, and what it allowed me to do was dream up actionable things I could do to grow my business:
- Blog regularly.
- Get on a talk show.
- Capture testimonials and put them on my website.
- Follow up on follow ups (thanks to my friend Manuel Medina (@medinism) for this inspiration).
- Solicit referrals.
- See if I can find someone who does branding to work with in trade.
It also gave me two belief statements that I could use PSYCH-K to program into my subconscious mind — that workhorse part of ourselves that is always working on our behalf, if only we give it direction — using PSYCH-K.
- “I now have an excellent sense that my business is feasible.”
- “I’m so glad I get to what it is that I am!”
Telling the story of my goal was an excellent jump start for my subconscious mind, and now I can get started programming in the actions and beliefs I came up with from writing it out. Not bad for a Friday!
Interested in trying this exercise? Let me know how it works for you!
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