Now that you’ve jotted your outer goal above the line on your Universal Story Planner, it is time to add an inner goal beneath the line. As wonderful as it is to hold a tangible piece of art you created in your hands, the even greater gift lies in the inner changes and transformation you go through on your way to success.
Inner goals address internal issues needed to be addressed to live your best creative life. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in relationship to the goal you’re adopting for your Universal Story Planner. Close your eyes and imagine your actions and feelings as you live your best creative life. These visions point to inner aspects you strive for while simultaneously moving toward your creative goals.
Choose a shadow trait or habit most likely to trip you up as you pursue the external goal you’re committed to. Then determine a strength or strengths you embody that have the power to override your weaknesses.
Integrate the two in a positive and present tense affirmation. Write that under the Universal Story Planner line. This is where you’ll track your inner life as you complete the action steps you’ll create in STEP 6 above the line.
Ultimately, what you end up creating is not as important as the quality of your heart as you were creating it.
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If you’d like more help with Step Three, refer to pages 53 – 57 and 72 in Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks
Decide how much time you believe you’ll need to complete your external goal. For our purposes here and to ensure your greatest success, I recommend a deadline of a few months. If you think you’ll need more time, consider modifying your external goal to one that is doable in four or five months at the most.
You’re more apt to triumph with a shorter rather than longer time frame in which to work. Divide the total time you’re giving yourself to achieve your goal by four. That number represents how much time you’re allotting yourself to complete each section on the Universal Story Planner (adjust your time frame if you now see you’re not giving yourself enough time or too much time).
As you move ahead, you’ll learn more about your natural rhythm. If you’re overly ambitious, you may find you’ll do better if you slow down a bit. Feel free to adapt, change, and modify your time frame when necessary. Give yourself the time you need to succeed.
With your timeline complete, you have a visual picture of the next few months of your life, what you’re going to be doing, and when so you can maximize your time. You’re able to better manage your time and prioritize for day-to-day effectiveness.
Don’t get done on schedule? Miss your deadline, your end date? Simply change the date and keep going. So long as you’re productive and moving toward your goal you’re moving toward your triumph.
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If you’d like more help with Step Four, refer to page 69 in Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks