I had lots of chapters, but I knew they weren't especially good.
Patti is a fireball on stage. She loves what she does, which is mostly about drawing or visually mapping the goal-setting process. She handed out copies of a simple goal-setting worksheet made up of three parts: (1) a place to describe the vision of how you'd be or feel when your goal was realized, (2) any obstacles that stood between you and your goal, and (3) three bold steps to take.
Patti is the founder of Up Your Creative Genius, a consulting firm that uses visuals and creative processes to help companies and individuals around the world accelerate growth and change. A critically acclaimed comic performer, internationally recognized keynote speaker, writer and business consultant. She talked about how she'd imagined getting into a Broadway show in New York, and how she used this goal-setting method to imagine it. Of course, it came true. Since then, Patti has brought her innovative visual practices to NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individuals around the world.
So, in that seminar, I wrote down my vision for my book project. I imagined finding a wonderful editor who would help me take it the final steps to publication. I saw it being the basis for my classes, and I wrote down how it would benefit all the writers who would use it.
Three Bold Steps
The last aspect--three bold steps--intrigued me the most. I thought about this seriously. What would be my wildest dream? First, to find a fabulous editor who believed in my book and would be able to help me take the final steps in shaping it. I knew such an editor in New York, but she was pretty busy. I took a deep breath and wrote as one of my bold steps to email her and ask. She might think I was insane but it really wouldn't hurt.
The second bold step was to take the plunge and get my website revamped. It was old and tired, and I knew just the right person to help with that. But what I had in mind would cost thousands. Was I really able to justify the cost right now? Would it make that much difference? I imagined the book being published, people visiting the site, and decided yes.
The third bold step was about my book cover. I wanted something really great. I also wanted the interior to look amazing, with some graphics and a clean feel and wide margins for taking notes. So I wrote down: Find a designer and typesetter whose work I love.
After the seminar, even though I was reinvigorated by Patti's unique method, I put the chart away as life went on. Daily demands took me away from my book ideas and it wasn't until a month later that I remembered Patti's chart and what I had promised myself. I found it and looked over my three bold steps. They still seemed incredibly scary to me, but I knew they were what I wanted. I started taking action.
Miracles Happened! This Method Works!
The editor, to my drop-dead astonishment, said yes. She and I began working together and within months the manuscript took shape, becoming something so much better than I could've imagined. With the enthusiasm of that success behind me, I contacted the website designer and forked over the money to start working with her. When she sent me the template for her redesign I was astonished again--a huge step up. Amazingly, she also did book design work and I talked with her about a possible cover. Again, the results were better than I had imagined. The best typesetter in the world was also easy to find.
Was this magic? Or just good visioning, with the help of Patti Dobrowolski's wonderful template? Had she really allowed me to tap into my creativity--my creative genius--in some new way, which allowed these miracles to happen?
I'm a great believer in good visioning. And a firm supporter of Patti's way of doing it.
Questions for Patti
I asked Patti to answer some questions about her process and how she discovered it, then wrote her book. Here's our conversation:
The weekly writing exercise is to check out Patti's book! You may have some miracles appear in your life because of it, as happened to me.
Imagine your personal three bold steps, and see what it might take to bring your book into manifestation.