What If?

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
~Pope John XXIII 
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Writing your own life story - “What if” ?
You’ve heard how your life is “an open book” or you’ve “closed that Chapter in your life”... I think those terms are apropos... our lives can be written, like a book, chapter by chapter.
The past cannot be re-written, but it can be recast in a different light by what we say about it now. 
And so it can be used to augment the story, just like the backstory in a book, to improve the outlook of now.
And most certainly the future can be over-written, designed, planned, outlined and edited. All the thrills and chills can be dealt with how we decide to deal with them in advance, so they don’t sway us from our goal. You take control then, for your own ending to each Chapter of your life. And, YOU decide when the end of a chapter is. (Make sure it ends at a good place, when you're at your best, when you've turned a corner, when you're about to launch, right?)


I wish I had a picture for you. Well, my search for one was futile, so maybe someone else can elaborate this time... 

My favorite (the best ever) writing coach, (Larry Brooks at Storyfix.com) says to ask these questions in planning your plot so you stay on track with how you want the story/chapter to end:
“Will X happen? How Will X happen? What if I do this with X?
Asking that simple question leads to so many other important questions: what is the characters goal? how is she going to achieve it? what obstacles are standing in her way? what is at stake if she doesn’t achieve her goal?
Even if this sounds obvious at first blush…it’s always good to look at things from multiple and even simplified perspectives.  This question-posing technique, in particular, can do everything from conquering writer’s block to putting your story over the top in terms of its dramatic potential effectiveness.
And, just as critically, it might rescue you from a mistake you weren’t even aware you were making.”

Hmm, that seems important when you are considering how to write the outcomes of your own life story!  Does that work?
I would use this perspective to consider what your goal(s) are, seeing how they fit in with the direction things are currently moving.
Create an outline or flow-chart, of how you would LIKE things to work out, IF things were to magically move into place over the timeline/deadline you decide for reaching the final destination/success.
Working backwards from that place that says ‘the end’ , what and where are the mini-goals have to happen to get there. Outline the steps it will take to reach each of the mini-goals.
What has to happen before you reach X? What options or paths will get you there?

This is where the magic happens: Your “What if?”, (dreams) become “Why not?” (goals)!

Of course in every great story there are obstacles and unexpected turns of events and twists in the plot that stymie the main character... the same is true, too true, for the rest of us too. Considering yourself the main character in the story of your life, you can decide how the character reacts to those, right? Does the character (you) break down or get even or stand tall with grace and pull yourself up by the bootstraps?? IF so, what changes occur then in the character’s inner person and personal life, and life path? 

Oh so many questions to ponder as we go about this arduous and enlightening journey of our lives....
This way your plot is the beginning, you live through the middle, and your life will be affected by the outcome at the end.
What will your character (you) look like at that point? What will you be doing?
How does "the end" go again?

I really want to know what you see for yourself at the end of this chapter ~ and at the end of this story!
Tell me...


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