I just had the most incredible experience, y'all.
I'd been wrestling for a while with two problems:
How do I find folks who are considering writing a book, but haven't actually started yet, or who feel stuck near the beginning of the process?
How can I take season 3 of the That's Aloud podcast up a notch from season 2, and show my audience how story coaching can help them reach their goals?
Then while listening to a new podcast for the very first time, I was introduced to the idea of "mind movies," which are basically vision boards taken to the next level. You combine images of your ideal life with a soundtrack that hits the right emotional buttons for you to help trigger the feeling that you are *already there* in your ideal world.
It occurred to me, as I listened, that I could build on that technique and use my story whisperer skills to help people construct the story of how they will get from here to there by working backwards from that ideal end point to today. I started experimenting, taking a few family members and friends through the exercise, and got some great feedback, so I decided to try it on a podcast guest.
The first couple of guests were very receptive, and helped me hone the technique even further. I could feel that I was on the right track and should keep it going. Which brings me to today.
As I took today's guest, mental wellness coach Michelle Anhang, through the exercise, I walked her backward from an exhilarating moment on a stage where she was making a powerful impact on a standing-room-only audience, through everything that had to happen in order to get there. She realized that she, of course, had not gotten there alone. There was a whole team of people who had helped her along the way.
And eventually she came to the insight that the next team member she will need the universe to send her is...
...wait for it...
...a book midwife!
I will never forget the crackle of electricity that passed through us both when I announced that I just happen to be a book midwife.
It's so easy to get stuck on the treadmill of our daily routines and to forget that life can and should be full of ease, flow, and straight up magic.
Today, try listening to a podcast you've never listened to before. Walk down a street you've never explored. Reach out to someone you don't know very well. Take a risk. Open yourself to opportunity. Let yourself believe that anything is possible.
I promise, the universe is listening.