I was jobless, putting on a suit and pretending to go to work every day. That suit routine, I’m ashamed to say lasted around 9 months or so until one day, I took out a piece of paper and wrote down my goals. They were as follows:

  • Bestselling author
  • Books translated globally
  • Speak internationally
  • Run my own storytelling consultancy

My unemployed self, laughed at these goals and so I decided to engage it with a full technicolour story and gave it a new narrative it could follow.

Research shows that if you write down your goals, you are 42% more likely to make it happen (study by Dr Gail Matthews). I can’t find any research on how likely you make this happen with a story but for me, it has been 100%.

There are many other stories that entered my life that I didn’t see coming. Some sad, some motivating and some entirely unexpected. I have tried my best to welcome them all. Weaving them all into a tapestry that I can look back on and say, “That was quite a journey!”

What I do know is that at any point along this journey, you can tell yourself a new story. Keep believing in that story, put one foot in front of the other, even on the days you feel you can’t and watch it unfold.

Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with possibility.

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