Do You Know What's Coming?
I believe in this idea that the present is the new future. That where you sit, you create everything that's gonna come, for better or worse.
—Sarah Jones (in character)
Tell the Story You Want to Tell
Much of the work you are doing in Compass involves imagining, conjuring, extrapolating, designing and creating from scratch. But it's really not necessarily from scratch. It is an amalgamation of all of the preferences you've made (and will continue to make) as you experience life. See something you like? You deposit it into your creative mind. See something you don't like? You deposit it into your creative mind. What you focus on is what you will experience in the future, whether in the next hour or the next month or the next year. What you believe is what will allow it to come to you more rapidly or keep what you want just out of reach.
Compass is helping you craft a new story (which helps reframe your beliefs to ones that align with what you want) and deliberately shift your focus more actively to be on your desired outcome. In a way, you're taking on a new persona—the persona of you living that future state of your desire.
Create Your New Persona and Step into it
In this TED presentation, Tony Award-winning monologist Sarah Jones introduces us to 11 distinct personas answering questions about the present being the new future. Watch how easily she steps into and speaks as each persona with uncanny familiarity and speed. Pay extra special attention to her final character and what she says.
Listen and Envision
Replay this video but don't watch it. Listen to each character without the visual stimuli with your eyes closed or by simply looking away from the video. Do you see that person in your mind's eye? Do you feel their energy, their personality and their intention?
Although Sarah has honed her craft like any true artisan or master, we each have the ability to do the same. You can create a persona that represents you in your future state experiencing the financial abundance you have been adding details to over your entire life.
A Day in the Life Play
This is a two-part Play that includes storyboarding and writing. You choose which part to do first, as they work interchangeably.
Storyboard a Day in the Life
Storyboard a typical day in the life of you living financial abundance. For example, let's say you like to sail. Pick segments throughout a day sailing from rising in the morning and checking the forecast, to selecting what to wear, to driving to the marina, getting snacks for the day, prepping the boat and checking the rigging and sails, all the way to where you'll sail, who you'll be with, and what you'll see while out on the ocean.
Each one of these storyboard snapshots can be of any segment you choose, as if you're selecting special moments you're recalling enjoying the freedom that comes with financial independence. Do as many snapshots of different types of days showcasing these wonderful moments you'll be enjoying as you express your financial abundance.
Write a Day in the Life
Imagine and think about a day in the life of you with lots of money, regardless of the activity. As you're imagining that future moment, tap into your emotions. How does having limitless wealth make you feel? Write about all that you love and appreciate about your wealth and how it makes you feel. Capture the essence of it by isolating and recording how you feel. The more detailed the moment, the more visceral the feeling.
As an example, this is the story that Paul wrote before his company received a huge contract with BMW:
I love my company. My dad left me this company, and I want to make him proud. And although the economy and how the OEM industry has changed dramatically, I have been able to keep the company going. We've gotten many nice accounts, and I really enjoy working with the clients we have. My team is incredibly focused and hard-working, and I am so appreciative of all that they do to help the company succeed.
I really enjoy sitting down with my team to brainstorm new ways for us to improve how we do things here and generate ideas on new products to carry. We've expanded our lines dramatically over the years, and have opened up new markets that allow us to not just sustain ourselves but to grow.
I'm looking forward to expanding my team as we take on new clients and opportunities. We've created new efficiencies by looking closely at how we're spending money, and diverted unnecessary spending to resources that are helping us be a more competitive company. It's been a learning experience that I couldn't have been taught—I had to learn it by going through it, and I am so happy that I was able to have that opportunity and take on the challenge. It's been a fun, exciting and informative ride so far, and I can't wait for more learning, growth and opportunity.
We're getting closer and closer to being able to serve really big enterprise clients and large manufacturers. We can now play in the sandbox with the big boys and provide much better customer service because we really care and are efficient enough in our size to do so. It's our company's heart and soul and dedication of the team that really makes us unique among our competitors, and we're happy to raise the bar so everyone can perform better and provide more to their clients. I love what I do and am thoroughly grateful for the chance to improve the lives of my team, serve our clients with integrity, and make my dad proud.