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)
You 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. We can create a persona that represents us in our future state experiencing the love and partnership we have been creating our entire lives to this point.
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 doing your ideal work. For example, let's say you're working with your team to develop a new software program and have scheduled a brainstorming session. Pick segments throughout the day from what you do in the morning before you head out to work, to what you'll be thinking about as you go to work, getting the meeting room set up with your white boards, sticky notes, markers and laptops with projectors, what you'll do for lunch, what types of brainstorming you'll be doing about the software, and how the day will end with what results you'll have achieved.
Each one of these storyboard snapshots can be of any segment you choose, as if you're selecting special moments you're remembering about a great day in your ideal work experience. Do as many snapshots of different types of days showcasing what you'll be doing in your ideal work life and how you'll be expressing your talents and skills and serving others.
Write a Day in the Life
Imagine and think about a day in the life of your ideal work experience, regardless of the activity or context. If you are doing work you love, you'll feel the same regardless of what you're "doing." As you're imagining that future moment, tap into your emotions. How does being able to express yourself the way you want make you feel? Write about all that you love and appreciate about this work experience and how it makes you feel. Capture the essence of your work 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 Andy wrote before he got his dream job working at a prestigious museum in Philadelphia as the Director of Events:
I finally am able to fully use my Masters of Fine Art degree and my decades-long experience as an event planner at the museum. It's like the perfect combination of two of my favorite activities—creating special moments for people to experience in an environment that is filled with history and incredible art. I have such appreciation for the generous and committed patrons that continue to support this beloved museum, and how they always want to support the events I design to benefit the museum.
I have an incredible office just down the hall from the main gallery where I can go and sit peacefully at off hours and absorb the incredible paintings and sculptures. I knew a great deal about the art here at the museum from my art history education, but I've learned so much more about the stories behind the artists and the family that founded the museum, which makes me even more loyal and connected to this precious gem.
The museum has provided me a large budget to plan and produce our annual events because they have seen the results of the work I am doing and how it has increased the donations to sustain the museum's upkeep. They also appreciate my new approach to marketing as well as the work I am doing to usher in a younger audience to be the next generation of museum supporters.
I am having fun learning how to blend legacy practices to protect the integrity of the museum and also integrate technology and social media to attract and engage this new group of museum fans. We have even garnered attention from national media outlets which have showcased our events and the work we are doing to keep the museum attractive and an important part of the Philadelphia museum community. Other museums and foundations are starting to come to us to learn how we are doing it so they can parlay the same approaches for their organizations as well. I love having the freedom to do the work I love the way I want to do it and be appreciated for the results I bring through my talents and experience.