Friday, December 26, 2008



Life's Just A Story
Rewrite Your Life And Live Your Dreams
By Ed Moy


"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." ~ Vincent Van Gogh




LIFE IS A CANVAS


You are the artist of your own life.

Everything is alive with energy.

Its all a living canvas.

And you are the painter.

Stop.

Look.

Listen.

Learn.

The canvas speaks to you!

Be present.

Feel its energy.

Experience its love.

There is nothing else but its unconditional love.

Let go of fear.

It's not real anyway.

All is just a portrait of your thoughts, ideas and beliefs.

Realize that All is Oneness and you'll experience harmony.






INTRODUCTION



"Life is like arriving late for a movie having to figure out what was going on." ~ Joseph Campbell



The concept of life being built around the stories that we tell ourselves is not some radical new idea. If you look back through history, all great religions and spiritual teachings were based upon various forms of storytelling.

From Egyptian Hieroglyphics to the Bible to the Bhagavad Gita to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, stories have for centuries been at the heart of all civilizations. You could say that stories are the core of our existence.

The fact is without stories, life would be nothing. There would be no life as we know it.

Since all of history is merely a story that will continue to be recorded as long as there's someone to think, speak and write about it, that means your life is just one of the billions of stories unfolding everyday around the world.

This knowledge can set you free from the "daily grind" of living.

Acknowledging that your life story, is just one of the billions that make up the pastiche of life stories that create our physical "reality" on this planet will allow you to take the "weight of the world" off your shoulders.

You don't have to "save the world" or be a "superhero" in order to contribute a worthy story to the world.

In "reality" your life story is no more or less valuable than another person's life story on this planet. But it's the way that you live and tell your story that gives it meaning for you and those in your life.

As the American mythology professor, lecturer and author Joseph Campbell wrote: "Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it."

From this point-of-view, you are the main character in your life story. You have the "power" to choose your own life path. You can make "conscious" choices to create what you want into your life that give it meaning.

Once you have the "conscious awareness" of this "power" to create your life, you can start to rewrite your story so that it aligns with your dreams.

My purpose for creating this book is to help you discover your current life story using simple techniques that I've used for the last 10 years as a journalist. These are the same techniques that have been used effectively by modern journalists for over 100 years.

As you read through this book, we will go over a basic journalist's tools for gathering information. Asking who, what, when, where, why and how. This old school technique is otherwise known as the "five Ws (and one H)." It's the primary step in finding your life story. In essence, with the help of this book, you will act as a journalist reporting on your own life. You will ask yourself these questions, along with your friends and family.

The answers will give you the needed information to begin writing your life story much like a journalist writing a news feature or profile about celebrities, politicians or athletes. You've read these kinds of stories in magazines, newspapers and online media, but now you get to be the center of attention. You will write your own story and shape it so that you can live your dreams.

Now you might be asking yourself, "How will writing my story change my life?

Well, it's simple. After you've discovered your current life story, you will begin to rewrite your story. And because "words have power," the story you choose to tell yourself and others does affect your outlook on life, as well as what comes into your life. So the "secret" to creating your dream life is simply to focus your life story on bringing more of "what you want into your life and less of what you don't want."

It has been acknowledged by many of the world's greatest thinkers that "thoughts become things."

In his classic book As a Man Thinketh, author James Allen revealed how thoughts determine reality. Whether or not you are conscious of it, your underlying beliefs shape your character, your health and appearance, your circumstances, and your destiny. Allen emphasized "all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts."

More recently, books such as The Secret, Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, The Law of Attraction: The Basics of The Teachings of Abraham have become bestsellers. Their authors have appeared on national television and radio, and travel the country holding speaking events and workshops. All of these authors and speakers are saying the same thing, which is that "what you think is what you get." Or simply put, there is an unseen "law of attraction" that exists.

This "law of attraction" is summarized in The Secret with the statement: "Your current thoughts are creating your future life. What you think about most or focus on the most will appear as your life."

However, accepting this "secret" as a legitimate fact is where the majority of skeptical and cynical people may get lost.

So for the sake of brevity and simplicity, in this book, we shall accept on faith that there is a "law of attraction" at work in the universe and as Prentice Mulford wrote: "Every thought of yours is a real thing - a force."

As for the skeptics or cynics, I offer this quote from Henry Ford: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
With that fully stated, I thank everyone for reading this book. You are a genuine seeker of knowledge and truly wish to change your life story and change your life for the better.



TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction

Life Stories

KISS

WWWWWH

News Style

Lede or Lead

Nut Graf

Inverted Pyramid

Kicker

Rewriting

Word Power

DIY

YAGNI

Afterword

Suggested Reading




LIFE STORIES

"Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything - whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out." ~ Tina Turner.


As a journalist, I've always loved writing feature stories. I found it exciting and adventurous to learn about other people's lives, especially when they were living a lifestyle that I'd been dreaming of living.

Whether it was being in the presence of a star football player, successful filmmaker, lead actor, or a loving family man, it was always good to spend time with people who were successfully living their dreams.

Looking back, in many ways, much of my journalism career was built around my desire to meet people living their dream life so that I could observe what that lifestyle was like and discover their secrets to success. But that's not to say all of my story assignments were fun, joyous, and magically uplifting experiences.

In fact, I found many of the stories I wrote covered the gamut of emotions from joy to grief. Granted there were plenty of joyful, inspiring, triumphant stories, but there were also stories with dramatic, tragic and sometimes unhappy endings.

From the standpoint of being in balance and maintaining objectivity, I'd say that every story is useful, informative and enlightening in someway for the reader.

In my own personal experience, each story that I wrote was vitally important for my personal growth at that moment in time, so that I could witness how others made choices that created the life story they were living. These experiences also allowed me to see the duality inherent in our physical reality.

By duality, I mean that this physical reality we call life is made up of polarities, positive and negative, light and dark, yin and yang, good and bad, right and wrong. One side does not exist without the other side. That is to say, every legitimate coin has two-sides. This duality exists because in this physical reality we have the greatest gift of all - freedom of choice.

The more educated, intelligent and knowledgeable you are, the bigger responsibility you have for every decision you will find yourself making. You already have the free will to choose where to place your attention, focus and energy, but you also have responsibility to use it wisely.

Once you understand and accept that everything is a free will choice, you no longer need to blame, judge or hold others responsible for your life. This will be a vitally important piece of knowledge when you begin to rewrite your life story.

In order to keep things simple, I've also chosen not to focus upon the concepts of karma, reincarnation or destiny in this book. There are plenty of other excellent authors and books that focus on those subjects.

However, I will point out that a child born into a poverty-stricken country without the means to a proper education will seemingly appear to have fewer opportunities and free will choices than someone born in an affluent country. But even in that situation, there is hope and reason to believe that at some juncture in the poor child's life that he/she will overcome their life situation or encounter someone like a Mother Theresa that helps to uplift their life.

For the purposes of this book, though, I suggest that you focus solely on discovering your own current life story and how you can rewrite your story so that you live your own dream life.

If your dream is to become a Bodhisattva, Guru, Saint, or Avatar that's wonderful. The world needs more people like you. But if you are a Bodhisattva, I must ask you, "Why are you reading this book instead of saving the world?"

All kidding aside, I want to make it clear that your life story is a free will choice. Whether you consciously know it or not, you have chosen to be here now, experiencing the life story that you are telling yourself and others through the choice of words you are utilizing in your thoughts, speech and writing. For those of you who doubt this fact, I suggest reading the book As a Man Thinketh by James Allen.

In his classic book, Allen writes, "Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in."

So to all those reading this book who genuinely want to experience the power of rewriting your life story, I suggest following the steps outlined within these pages and choosing words that empower you to joyfully live your dreams.

You will be amazed when you see the results showing up in your life.



Bottom line: Let go of your old life story so that you can start to create your dream life.


STORYTELLING TOOLS

"It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about." ~ Tom Brokaw



Having interviewed hundreds of different people from all walks of life over the past 10 years, I've found that everyone has a valid story. And often times, their story will follow an inherent sequence of events, specific dilemmas, or what are known as "plot points" in screenwriting.

Anyone who has ever watched a Hollywood movie knows that there is a formula that screenwriters follow based on what is called the Three-Act Structure. Many plays and novels are written using this same structure.

As an example, in Spiderman, Peter Parker gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops superhuman powers. At the end of Act I, we witness the death of Peter's Uncle Ben, which motivates Peter to become a crime fighting superhero using his new powers. In Act II, we see Peter learning to control his powers as he rids the city of crime. Finally, in Act III, Peter must confront the villainous Green Goblin and rescue the girl of his dreams.

However, in journalistic style, or news writing, we use what is called the "Inverted Pyramid" structure to tell a story. Using this structure, the writer will place at the beginning of the story the most essential and intriguing elements, with supporting information following in order of diminishing importance. This structure was developed over a 100 years ago to enable readers to quit reading at any point and still come away with the essence of any story. It allows readers to get the basic facts of any story without getting bogged down with details.

For example, an "Inverted Pyramid" structured news story might read something like this: "The FBI has begun questioning two of its most wanted fugitives about the unsolved disappearance of a jar of honey from Ranger Rick's cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. An FBI spokesman, however, was careful not to declare Smokey Bear, 44, or his wife, Sarah Bear, 36, suspects in the case. The two fugitive bears were apprehended during a raid at a cave party late Friday night."

Granted this is a humorous example of the use of an "Inverted Pyramid" news story, but it does give the reader all the pertinent details. The WWWWWH (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) of the story. It also gives us an example of a "Summary lead" sentence.

The "lede" or lead sentence states the most interesting or important elements of a story. In this case, a jar of honey has disappeared from Ranger Rick's cabin and the FBI is questioning two fugitive bears.

In the following chapters, I will go over into further detail these basic storytelling tools that have been used by modern journalist over the last 100 years. You will learn how to further apply the tools in this book to discover your current life story and rewrite it so you can manifest the life of your dreams.

The storytelling tools we will cover in this book include:

  • Using the Five Ws (and one H) aka WWWWWH (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) to gather facts and information.
  • News style (or journalistic style) of writing
  • Creating a Headline (or title) for your life story
  • How to write a lead sentence
  • Finding your "Nut Graph," and "Billboard"
  • Using the Inverted Pyramid
  • Feature style (or magazine style) of writing
  • Placing a "Kicker" at the end of your story
  • Rewriting your story to attract your dream life

Bottom line: Knowing the basic storytelling tools will help you to better understand your own life story.


WWWWWH (WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? HOW?)


"Just one more thing...." ~ Peter Falk as Columbo


In journalism, the Five Ws (and one H) are regarded as basics in information-gathering. It is a simple formula for getting the "full" story on something.
The purpose of the Five Ws (and one H) is to gather essential information needed to write a story by answering six questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?

Let's apply this technique to the following: "The FBI has begun questioning two of its most wanted fugitives about the unsolved disappearance of a jar of honey from Ranger Rick's cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. An FBI spokesman, however, was careful not to declare Smokey Bear, 44, or his wife, Sarah Bear, 36, suspects in the case. The two fugitive bears were apprehended during a raid at a cave party late Friday night."

In this summary lead example, we have the who? FBI, Ranger Rick, Smokey Bear and Sarah Bear. We get the what? The two fugitive bears were apprehended and questioned. We find the when? Last Friday night. We get the where? Smokey Mountains National Park. We learn the why? There's a missing jar of honey. And we know how? During a raid at a cave party.

It is that simple.

Heck, you can make a game out of it. Kinda like playing reporter or detective.

So have fun with the Five Ws (and one H) as you discover the WWWWWH of your own life story. And as that famous TV show detective Joe Friday would say: "Just the facts."


Bottom line: Know your WWWWWH or Five Ws (and one H) so you can identify the "full" story that you've been telling yourself and make changes in your life to attract your dream life.

KISS principle


"Kisses are a better fate than wisdom." ~ E.E. Cummings



In my journalism classes I used to hear this one all the time. KISS ("Keep it Simple, Stupid"), which was a humorous way of reminding us to keep the story simple.

Also known as the golden rule for writing succinct story leads, KISS ("Keep It Short and Simple") is another variation on the acronym.

Some other common variants of the acronym include:
Keep it Simple, Stupid.
Keep it Simple & Stupid
Keep it Small & Simple
Keep it Sweet & Simple
Keep it Simple & Straightforward
Keep it Short & Simple
Keep it Simple & Smart
Keep it Strictly Simple
Keep it Speckless & Sane
Keep It Super-Simple
Keep it Sober & Significant

Bottom line: Keep your story simple so you can make major changes in your life in the shortest amount of time.


NEWS STYLE (AKA JOURNALISTIC STYLE or NEWS WRITING)


"I would not know how I am supposed to feel about many stories if not for the fact that the TV news personalities make sad faces for sad stories and happy faces for happy stories." ~ Dave Barry


If you read newspapers or magazines, listen to the radio or watch television, you've been exposed to what is known as news style, which refers to a prose style used for by journalists writing news reports (i.e. in newspapers) as well as reading news items that air on radio and television.

News style covers not only vocabulary and sentence structure, but also the way in which stories present the information in terms of relative importance, tone, and intended audience.
The goal of news writing is to answer all the basic questions about any particular event in the first two or three paragraphs, the Five Ws (and H).
Stories are usually structured into what is called the "Inverted Pyramid," refering to decreased importance of information as it progresses. We will go over the "Inverted Pyramid" in greater detail in another chapter.
News stories also contain at least one of the following important characteristics: proximity, prominence, timeliness, human interest, oddity, or consequence.
For the purposes of writing your life story, we will only use news style for the first draft. Our goal is simply to gather the "news" about your current life story, we will begin to write a story about your life.
However, unlike the usual "bad news" you see in the daily newspapers, hopefully, we will then find all the "good news" in your life so that we can focus more attention on what is positive and "feels good" in your life right now.
Once you have that first draft complete, we will start to rewrite your life story so that you begin to attract your dream life to you.
The key is to get started by answering your Five Ws (and one H).
Bottom line: Using news style or journalistic style writing allows you to see your story from the standpoint of a detached observer.



HEADLINE

"Only a fool permits the letter of the law to override the spirit in the heart. Do not let a piece of paper stand in the way of true love and headlines." ~ Rod Stewart

I'm certain you've all seen the headlines in newspapers, magazines, online websites and other media sources.

In journalist jargon, the headline is defined as the head of a story.

A typical news headline can be as short as three to four words, such as "Unions Set to Strike," or for news feature, it could read something like this: "Cabbage, an inexpensive nutritional powerhouse."
The headline, or title, that you choose for your life story sets the tone for everything that follows. Your choice of a headline, or title, gives you and your readers a clear sense of the story.
Understanding this, you will want to take your time to carefully choose your headline, or title so that it resonates with what "feels good" for you.

Bottom line: Choose a headline or title for your story that highlights your goals and dreams.


LEDE OR LEAD

"Many roads lead to the Path, but basically there are only two: reason and practice." ~ Bodhidharma

The most important structural element of a story is the lede or lead—the story's first, or leading, sentence. Simply put, its a brief statement of the most important facts in your story.
The lede/lead is usually the first sentence, or in some cases the first two sentences, and ideally is no more than 20-25 words in length.
As a rule of thumb, most news editors say the lede should answer most or all of the Five Ws (and one H).
Additionally, article ledes are typically categorized into hard ledes and soft ledes. A hard lede aims to provide a comprehensive thesis which tells the reader what the article will cover. A soft lede introduces the topic in a more creative, attention-seeking fashion, and is usually followed by a Nut Graph (a brief summary of facts).
Example Lede-and-Summary Design
Chimpanzees will be going to the moon. The NASA announcement came as the agency announced ten billion dollars of appropriations for the project. ...
Example Soft-Lede Design
NASA is proposing a new space project. The agency's budget request, announced today, included plans to send Chimpanzees to the moon. An Agency spokesperson said the plan is to establish a long-term facility as a jumping-off point for other space adventures. The budget requests approximately ten billion dollars for the project. ...
In applying this to your life story, you will want to distill all the information and quotes you've gathered from asking the Five Ws (and one H) into a succinct lede that captures the essence of your story.
Again, keep in mind the KISS principle. Less is more when it comes to a lead, whether its for a news story, feature story or your own life story.

Bottom line: Creating a well designed lede sentence sets the tone for your story.


NUT GRAPH

"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble there lies your treasure." ~ Joseph Campbell


In journalistic writing style, a nut graph is a paragraph, especially in a feature story that explain the news value of the story. The term is also spelled as nut graf, nut 'graph, nutgraph, nutgraf. It is a contration of the expression nutshell paragraph, i.e., "in a nutshell paragraph, dated at least to the 19th century. Sometimes the expression nut paragraph is also used.
In most news stories, the news style of writing is used, and the essential facts of a story are included in the lede (or lead), the first sentence or two of the story.
For example, a story about crime statistics written in news style might start out with a lede like: "Violent crime is down in Anytown but shoplifting is soaring, according to statistics released by the Anytown Police Department Tuesday." Good ledes try to answer the who, what, when, where, why and how as quickly as possible.
However, in feature stories, or in news written in a feature style, the story will often begin in a more narrative manner.
For instance, if a story on crime statistics were written in feature style rather than news style, the first few paragraphs might start by introducing a local business owner who was affected by the boom in shoplifting. The nut graf, which often will start in the third or fourth paragraph, will explain what the story is about, including much but rarely all of the information that would have been contained in a lede, so as to keep the reader interested.
Bottom line: Knowing what to put in your Nut Graph helps to focus your story.


INVERTED PYRAMID

"Some dog I got, too. We call him Egypt. Because in every room he leaves a pyramid." ~ Rodney Dangerfield

When I started my career as a journalist, my high school and college journalism instructors always talked about organizing or structuring a news story using an ancient formula known as the "Inverted Pyramid."

Simply defined, when using the "Inverted Pyramid" structure, the journalist places the most essential and intriguing elements of the story at the very beginning, with supporting information following in order of diminishing importance.
This allows readers to quit reading at any point and still come away with the essence of any story. It also allows people to enter a topic to the depth that their curiosity takes them, and without the imposition of details or nuances that they would consider irrelevant.
Historically, newsroom practicalities resulted in the development of the "Inverted Pyramid" structure because it enabled sub-editors and other news staff to quickly create space for ads and late-breaking news simply by cutting items ("throw-aways") from the bottom ("cutting", literally, when papers still used traditional paste up techniques). The structure freed sub-editors to truncate stories at almost any length that suits their needs for space.
But with the advent of computer technology most of the editing is now done using specialized software programs.
As for applying this old school technique to your life story, probably the most important aspect that you can still utilize is that of organizing and structuring your story is to start with the most imporant facts first.

Bottom line: Place the most important aspect of your life story at the very beginning.


FEATURE STYLE

"Well, in features, and in writing especially, it's often the style of the writer comes in." ~ Kurt Loder

Everybody loves features. I know I do. Most celebrity profiles in magazines are feature stories.
Feature stories are also what you might read in the Sunday newspaper special inserts like Parade or USA Weekend.
Magazines tend to run lots of feature stories, but the articles that lead the inside sections of a newspaper, are often called features.
Feature stories differ from straight news in several ways. First off, you won't see a straight-news lead, most of the time. Instead of offering the essence of a story up front, feature writers will attempt to lure readers in.
While straight news stories always stay in third person point of view, often a feature magazine article will be written in the first person. The journalist will often detail his or her interactions with interview subjects, making the piece more personal
A feature's first paragraphs often relate an intriguing moment or event, as in an "anecdotal lede". From the particulars of a person or episode, its view quickly broadens to generalities about the story's subject.
The section that identifies what a feature is about is called the nut graf or billboard.
Billboards are usually the third or fourth paragraph from the top, and are up to two paragraphs long. Unlike a lede, a billboard rarely gives everything away. This reflects the fact that feature writers goal is to hold the readers' attention all the way to the end, which requires maintaining reader curiosity and offering a "payoff" at the end.
Feature paragraphs tend to be much longer than news stories, with smoother transitions between paragraphs. Feature writers also use active-verb construction and concrete explanations of straight news, but put more personality in their prose.
Finally, feature stories usually close with a "kicker" ending, which we will go over in the next chapter.

Bottom line: Writing in feature style makes your life story more personal.


KICKER

"I hate to be a kicker, I always long for peace, but the wheel that does the squeaking is the one that gets the grease." ~ Josh Billings



In journalistic lingo, a kicker is an ending that finishes a story with a climax, surprise, or punch line. It can be in the form of a snappy quote or anecdote.

In fact, if you want the kicker ending to your life story to be more powerful, I suggest making it an affirmation statement about what you "feel good" about in your life and resonate most with right now.

Your kicker ending can be as simple as placing a quote about living your dream life: "Now that I've rewritten the story of my life, I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and live happily ever after."


Bottom line: Find a strong kicker to your life story that is both satisfying and feels good to you.

REWRITING


"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." ~ Joseph Campbell


I'm sure you've heard this before, too. But the fact is that all good writing is rewriting.

This is where you get to change your life by changing your story. You get to play story editor.

The first thing you'll need to do as editor of your life story is to get yourself a big red marker.

After getting yourself that big red marker, I want you to sit down with a printed copy of your life story.

Once you've got that printed copy, your first step is to "detach" from it so that you can view it from the standpoint of an observer. This will allow you to see the stories that aren't in harmony with you living the life of your dreams.

The next step in our rewrite process is to quiet your mind and come into the present moment.

This will be easy for those of you that have practiced any of the various forms of meditation, but for those who are not familiar with meditation, I want you to just sit quietly and take a few deep breaths.

After a few minutes, pick up the printed copy of your life story and begin reading through your entire story for content. You can do this silently or out loud.

(Note: For the purposes of this book, our rewriting process will focus strictly on changing the elements that make up your life story rather than correcting technical details like grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. But if you feel compelled to have every little thing perfect, there are numerous books on those subjects available. You might also choose to consult a good literary editor.)

When reading through your life story for content, you will start to find that there are parts of your story that make you "feel good" or "feel bad."

If any part of your story starts to "feel bad" or is no longer something you want to have in your life anymore, I want you to cross it out with a red marker. We will be removing these crossed out sections from your life story so that you can manifest what you do want into your life.

At this point, some of you might be thinking, "But that's my story and I'm sticking to it."

For those that aren't ready to let go of their old "story," I want you to ask yourself this question: "What do you get when you argue for limitations?" Limitations.

So anytime you find yourself holding on to an old "story" that doesn't make you "feel good," I want you to immediately focus all your thoughts, emotions, and actions on what "feels good" to you.

And just how will you know if it "feels good?"

Simply ask yourself if you're feeling any kind of stress, worry, doubt, fear, anger, jealousy, or any emotion that is not joyful for you. If you are feeling any of those emotions while reading a section from your life story, then cross out that section with your red marker and move on.

Honestly, a good editor has to be ruthless about cutting out the excess elements in a story.

In my college years, I often found that my first, second and third drafts of stories came back marked up in red ink by my instructor and copy editors. Mostly it was for grammar or structure but sometimes it was for story content.

Since I was working on deadlines, I didn't have the luxury of dwelling on all the emotional attachments to story content so I immediately purged the extraneous information and moved on.

That is what you as the editor of your own life story are going to have to learn to do for yourself. If you find it too difficult to purge parts of your story, you can have a trusted family member, friend or a good story editor do it for you.

But the key is to purge any unnecessary parts of your story that are holding you back from living your dreams. This can only take place when you "edit" it out of your life story mentally, emotionally and physically and start empowering yourself to rewrite your life.


Bottom line: Writing is rewriting.


WORD POWER


"Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world." ~ Buddha


Keep that statement in mind with every word you choose to use in writing life story. It will make a huge difference between success and failure when it comes to manifesting your dreams using this book.
If you learn but one thing from reading this book, I hope that it's a better understanding of the power that words have in your life.

Your choice of words will affect the outcome of your life story. If you truly wish to change your life through rewriting your life story, you must change the words you use to tell your story.

As simple as it sounds, you probably have noticed that the majority of people out there tend to use the same words over and over again. Now there's nothing wrong with that if the majority was using positive language that raises their vibration and "feels good" to them.

But, the fact is, when you read books and magazines or watch television and movies, you can usually tell which stories will be "positive" and which will be "negative" by the words they use in their stories. The same holds true for your family, friends, neighbors and people in your community. If you listen with "conscious awareness" when your around people talking about themselves or others, you will start to notice who the people are that are "positive" and "negative."

Again, their choice of words is affecting their outlook on life and what they are attracting into their life.

This is the most important thing to understand about the use of words.

So with this knowledge, I want you to rewrite your life story using "positive" language that makes you "feel good" about your story. If any of the words you choose to use start to make you feel upset, sad, angry, or any emotion other than "feeling good," I suggest you start to re-frame that part of your story until it makes you "feel good."

Again, remember that what you focus your attention on is what you will be attracting more of into your life. So in order to manifest your dream life by using the techniques in this book to rewrite your life story, you must be very mindful of the words you are choosing to use -- and the outcome that you desire.

Bottom line: The power to change your life can be found in the words you choose to think, speak and write on a daily basis.


DIY

"To find your own way is to follow your bliss." ~ Joseph Campbell


This is one of my favorite acronyms. I've seen it used by everyone from home improvement enthusiasts to alternative and hardcore bands releasing their own album.
"Do it yourself," is often referred to by the acronym DIY, a term that was coined to describe the various communities of people called do-it-yourselfers or DIYers creating or repairing things for themselves without the help of paid professionals.
The philosophy behind DIY is related to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many modern DIY subcultures take the traditional Arts and Crafts movement rebellion against the perceived lack of soul of industrial aesthetics a step further.
The DIY subculture often critiqued modern consumer culture, which emphasized that the solution to our needs is to purchase things, and instead encouraged people to take technologies into their own hands to solve needs.
The phrase "do it yourself" came into common usage in the 1950s in reference to various jobs that people could do in and around their houses without the help of professionals. A very active community of people continues to use the term DIY to refer to creating and repairing things for home needs, on one's own rather than purchasing them or paying for professional repair. In other words, home improvement done by the householder without the aid of paid professionals.
In recent years, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets.
Today, for example, DIY is associated with the international alternative and hardcore music scenes. Members of these subcultures strive to blur the lines between creator and consumer by constructing a social network that ties users and makers close together. There are various communities of media-makers that consider themselves DIY, for example Indie filmmakers, pirate radio stations, bloggers, podcasters, and the zine community.
The fact is that nobody else can live your life for you. If you want to change your life story and live your dreams, then it is your responsibility to take charge and DIY.

Bottom line: When push comes to shove, the best way to get something done is to "do it yourself" or DIY.


YAGNI


"I never want to get to the point where it's all about my needs, and the hell with anybody else." ~ Drew Barrymore


If you've worked around computers and software, you've probably seen the combination of letters forming YAGNI before.
But what in the heck does YAGNI mean?
Well, it turns out that in software engineering speak, YAGNI is short for "You Ain't Gonna Need It." It's a not so subtle suggestion to programmers that they avoid writing any unnecessary code that "might be" needed in the "future."
So what does this have to do with writing your story or manifesting your dream life? Nothing and everything.
You see, this falls into the same category as the KISS principle. Keeping thing's simple and not adding unnecessary elements to your story will allow you to start realizing and manifesting your dream life faster.
Now I'm not saying to leave out important details. I'm merely suggesting weeding out all the unnecessary parts that clutter your life story.
It's a fact that clutter bogs down a person's life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In author Karen Kingston's book Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, she informs readers that "clutter is actually stuck energy" that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Therefore, you can "sort out your life by sorting out your junk."
Kingston covers the reasons people keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away. More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbolics and that collect stagnant energy. This includes your bodily, emotional, and spiritual clutter.

Applying clutter clearing to your life story makes common sense. By removing all the junk from your story, you will free up immense amounts of energy that can be used to attract more of what you do want in your life.

Bottom line: Less is more. Sort out the junk from your life story so you can create your dream life.


AFTERWORDS

"We must let go of the life we have planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." ~ Joseph Campbell


Congratulations!

If you've made it this far, I know you've succeed in discovering your current life story and gone through the process of rewriting it to focus more on what you want to manifest into your life.

Now give yourself a big hug - and while you're at it, you might as well go hug your wife, husband, children, parents, neighbors or your dog.

Totally embrace that sense of completion that you're feeling.

And it does feel good, right?!

Wonderful! Now keep feeling good!

Allow yourself to feel proud of yourself because you've just completed a major step towards creating the life of your dreams!

When you're ready, go back and read that new life story out loud.

How does it feel?

Are your current thoughts, feelings and actions in alignment with your new life story?

If they are not in alignment, start asking yourself what can I change to get them into alignment right now?

Does your story need to be revised or do you need to change something in your thoughts and actions?

Keep asking yourself these questions until you feel a sense of peace. When you have that feeling of peace, you will know you are on the right path because you will "feel good" about your life story and the direction that your life is now moving.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude to you for sharing in my vision of creating a book that reaches millions of readers around the world and gives them each the basic tools to joyfully discover and transform their life story for the good of all concerned.


Bottom line: Feeling good about the life story you're telling yourself and others is the most important factor in manifesting your dreams into reality.



SUGGESTED READING


Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther Hicks

The Law of Attraction: The Basics of The Teachings of Abraham by Esther Hicks

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't by Micheal J. Losier

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor

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