I didn’t plan on watching the royal wedding this past weekend. I was supposed to be with my son Scout at baseball practice but, as luck would have it, practice got cancelled and I settled in with my computer on the couch. I turned on the Today Show and there it was, the Royal Wedding, in all it’s splendor.
Truth is, I didn’t even know who Megan Markle was until the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry. But, as I was watching, I felt like I wanted to know her. So many profound and telling choices, from her decision to walk herself down the aisle; forgoing a bridal party for paige boys and flower girls instead. The decision she made to have no one give her away. The gorgeous rainbow of faces in the Kingdom Choir, the choice of music, not to mention the fiery Martin Luther King quoting preacher (pretty sure that church has never heard a wedding message quite like that.)
She showed the world who she is and what matters to her.
Her life is a fairy tale with a mission.
What genre of book is your life right now?
Is it the kind of story you want to live?
If the answer is no then it’s time to start writing a new one.
What would you like your story to be?
You get to write your own story. You get to create your own life.
How do you do that?
You learn how to manage your mind and you show up every day doing things on purpose to propel yourself toward to your goals.
Be the hero of your own story.
A first step towards creating your own epic novel is to do this “Perfect Day Exercise”. I do this exercise with my clients when we are working on creating their own page turner.
Take out a piece of paper and pencil and write down every detail of your perfect day not a vacation day, an everyday day. Write down every detail from the time you wake up until the time you lay your head on the pillow, day slayed.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself…
What time do you wake up?
Where do you wake up?
What color are your sheets?
What does your bed look like?
How does your bedroom make you feel?
What does it smell like?
Do you wake up with someone?
What do you do when you get out of bed?
What clothes do you wear? What color are your shoes?
If you have a cup of coffee what does your cup look like?
What’s for breakfast on your perfect day?
What do you do next?
What do you have for lunch?
Where are you?
Who are you with?
What do you do next and next and next.
What do you do for dinner?
What time do you go to bed?
Describe in great detail everything you do, what color it is, who you are with etc…
Then sit back and ask yourself if someone read your story with this perfect day would they be able to understand your mission in this world as you can in Megan Markle's wedding choices?
Read it again and tweak it until you run around the room with excitement over the perfect day you have crafted.
Next, write down your typical day now answering the same questions.
Compare the two.
If the differences are minor make the tweaks and voila' your own Fairy Tale!
If it’s a long way from your reality, make one change today to move closer to your perfect day. Then make another and another and another. Keep making changes until your real life is the next NYT best seller.