1) Read the recent post about “going high“.
F-r-e-e-write a two-page speech like Michelle Obama’s, explaining your definition of “going high” and what it would mean for you and your creative business.
2) What Do You Value?
The following is a list of 150 qualities you might value. With a pen and notebook to hand, read through them and write down any that feels important to you.
- Financial independence
- Making a difference
Add any unlisted values that are important to you or f-r-e-e-write any thoughts about values prompted by the list.
3) Selecting Your Values
From the lists and ideas prompted by the previous exercises, list the seven values that are
most important to you.
4) Ordering Your Values
Now list those same values in order of priority, with #1 that which is most important to you, #2 the second most important and so on.
5) Your Values, Your Story
F-r-e-e-write some parts of your life story, explaining how these values came to be important to you. Mention other people, stand out situations, breakthrough moments.
Why You Want To Do What You Want To Do
Are there links between the values you uncovered, the speech you wrote earlier, the story you’ve just told and your choice of work? (see below for the links I discovered when I did this exercise) List any links you find here:
What makes you angry? What would you work to change in the world if you could?
Why am I taking time out of writing my fiction and poetry to do this Go Creative series, to do the work I do for the Alliance of Independent Authors?
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