In STEP ONE, you divided your Universal Story line into 4 parts to mirror the 4 phases you pass through on the way to achieving your goals. Within each of the 4 parts is an Energetic Marker or turning point you’ll face along the way to your goal. These 4 spots along the Universal Story Planner mark where the energy shifts higher and what’s expected of you intensifies. By marking these points on your Universal Story Planner, you’re better able to anticipate when you’ll be the most challenged and want to give up on not only the external goal you created in STEP TWO but yourself as well.
These Energetic Markers where the energy intensifies are universal for everyone pursuing a goal of whatever kind. The mantra or inner goal statement you created in STEP THREE will serve you well as you travel toward and through these four energetic markers. You’ll likely find you need to repeat your mantra or internal goal over and over again to keep your energy high and your commitment firm for your goal.
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If you’d like more help with Step Five, refer to pages 11 – 18 and 68 – 69 in Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks
If you’d like more help with Energetic Markers as they apply to story structure, refer to pages 45 -58 in The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
Decide on what steps your goal requires of you. Add those day-to-day action steps you plan to take in pursuit of your external goal above the line of your Universal Story Planner. If you’re using the top half of your planner to pre-plot, plot, or revise your novel, memoir, screenplay, you’ll use the area above the Universal Story Planner line to plot out your scenes.
Whatever your goal, above the line indicate each step you believe moves you nearer to your goal. I recommend you write your steps on sticky notes. That way, you’ll easily move the steps, add, modify, and eliminate steps as needed. Plot those sticky notes in the order you’ll enact them above the line in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter of the Universal Story Planner.
Include each step you plan to take toward your goal. For those of you using the top half of your Universal Story Planner as a Plot Planner, each scene you plot above the line represents the next step you’re planning to take toward your long-term goal.
The 6 steps you’ve taken in Turn Your Goals Into Reality are the true first steps toward your long-term goal. If you want, include these 6 steps in the beginning portion of your Universal Story Planner.
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If you’d like more help with Step Three, refer to pages 70 – 71 in Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks