Why leave anything to chance? I think you can shape the plot of your life and completely plan it out. If you want to know how read on. This is the notepad I use in this post but it is not required: Accomplish Knock Knock Pad
Stop for a moment and write down things that you wish would happen in your life. These are the “maybe nevers”. Its a place for my mind to wander freely without my stamping out ideas and in a way it’s a bucket list. Here we return to the determination aspect and ask:
What Drives You?
If your life were a book, what would your end goal be?
If you were the very skilled main character what would you be able to do?
Some of mine are:
Have an amusement park (like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) made off of one of my works
Speak fluent Japanese
Then we need to break it down into smaller and smaller goals, things that seem reasonable to achieve.
The next section is the “somedays”. These should relate to the “maybe nevers” and build up to them but are still goals in their own right.
What do want to tell your kids about?
What would make you the hottest bachelor in your town?
What is on your bucket list?
Two of mine are:
Speak at a convention
Go to Japan for the 2020 Olympics
These both are huge accomplishments that can build up and lead to these other goals.
The “near futures” section I think of as later in this year or in the next two. These can more directly lead up to the “somedays”.
Where do you see yourself in two years?
What do you want to change in your life right now?
What can you do to take your career to the next level?
You don’t need to know how to achieve these things, just knowing you want them is enough.
Some of mine:
get hired at either a film company or prop house
get a youtube play button
and then I wrote down one that surprised me: Launch a product for sale.
I had no idea this was a goal of mine but when I was thinking through what my goals for my blog were I realized I wanted to make a little bit of money off of it. ($5 a month so I could justify paying for the site).
The next smallest section of the list is ‘weekend’ followed by ‘tomorrow’ and ‘today’.
I don’t like this breakdown. For the most part, I write out my goals at night on the weekend so my list looks a little more like this: ‘This week’ ‘tomorrow’ and ‘asatte’ (day after tomorrow in Japanese). But you might want to break it down into months or weeks first.
But how does this directly correlate with uncovering the plot of your life? Well, you can only look so far into the future before things get cloudy. I write out as many steps as I can and break it down as much as a can but there are many splits in life and you can never tell what twist and turns await you. So don’t get to far ahead of yourself
So in order to have an amusement park, my work has to be popular enough to have a panel, one way to make my work popular is to post on my blog and on youtube, in order to get fans on these platforms I have to come up with and post content.
In order to make my livelihood off of my passion, I have to get a job in the industry so that I can work my way up, to do that I have to move to where the job I want is which means that I have to graduate so ill put all my homework in my planner.