Get started today creating the life you really want with Wishful Thinking Works FREE, life-enhancing, soul-searching change sheets!
I originally designed the Wishful Thinking Works (WTW) sheets for my workshops, but they are great to use on your own, as well.
Pick the sheet that works best for you, then go for it! They are free and easy to use.
Brainstorming, Problem-Solving & Life Planning:
Awareness & Clarity:
The Right Questions by Debbie Ford
How they work.
The WTW Building Block, WTW Exploring Options, and WTW Paths are great for brainstorming, problem solving, designing your future, goal planning, or old-fashioned doodling and daydreaming. They’re an easy, fun way to get your thoughts on paper. They look simple, but were carefully designed with two important goals in mind:
- To make brainstorming/problem solving/planning less daunting.
- Capturing through your thoughts is easier because you are filling in spaces or rounding out an idea, not staring at a blank page.
- To jump start your brain.
- When you look at a game board you immediately begin trying to figure out “Where do I start?” and “Where does the game end?” The WTW sheets can have the same effect on your brain. They can invoke a “How do I make this happen?” mindset, which means your brain is engaged before you even start writing!
The WTW Mind-Map is another great brainstorming tool that is relatively free form and colorful. Here are helpful tips for using a Mind-Map.
- Use the largest sheet of paper you have available. I have found that for most people, the bigger the page the more open the responses.
- Use a different color pen or pencil for each new thought. You can repeat colors, just not back-to-back. Changing color keeps your mind engaged and involved. (I love working with glitter pens, they make everything more fun for me!)
- Don’t censor your thoughts. Go with the flow and record anything that comes up! (Everything is a clue to the new you, and after you have done a few Mind-Maps unexpected patterns and new insights may emerge. See below*)
- If your Mind-Map begins to look crowded, stop and start over on a new sheet. (If the page gets too crowded, you may feel overwhelmed, and your mind may shut down. New pages keep your mind and your ideas fresh.)
- If something you write really grabs you, use that as a topic for the center of a new sheet. This can truly enrich the brainstorming process and the life-enhancing results.
- *The most insightful way to use Mind-Maps, especially if you are dealing with particularly challenging topics, is to create daily, weekly or monthly Mind-Maps and begin looking for any patterns that may appear overtime. (Your non-censored thoughts can lead you down all sorts of new and wonderful paths! Go for it!)
Lots of options!
The WTW Honest Assessment is an easy to use daily or weekly checklist to keep you on your path. (Oh, and don’t forget to be honest.) I included a WTW Blank Honest Assessment for you to customize with activities you would like to focus on.
Another great set of worksheets is the combined Strength Stories and your very own “Ta Da” sheets. Used consistently it is a powerful tool for building confidence and courage by allowing you to gather and note all the amazing things you have accomplished – large and small – that you might otherwise ignore or downplay. It is also a great tool for keeping you motivated and moving forward.
- What have you accomplished so far this year that just six months or a year ago seemed impossible or a distant possibility? (Feel free to include anything you have ever accomplished – this is the time to toot your horn. You can include learning to tie your shoes or ride a bike, if that helps get you started!)
- What teeny, tiny or wondrously huge steps have you taken in the direction of your dreams? (Using this sheet counts!)
- What new trails have you blazed?
- What have you found the strength to face?
- What promises have you kept?
- What chances did you take?
- What new ideas have you had or dreamed about? (If it is a step in the right direction, right it down.)
- Don’t censor or belittle anything that pops into your head. If you thought of it, it matters!
Capture all of the changes you have faced and the mountains or hills you have climbed. (Even if you feel stuck in the mud, just being aware you are stuck is an accomplishment. Write it down!)
Select the type of sheet that works best for you – I highly recommend trying them all to find the ones that are the most helpful and fun!
If you enjoy them, you are more likely to use them!
I completed a WTW Exploring Options SAMPLE for you. I used a project I originally titled Macedonian Monthstays: Enjoying Europe as it used to be, which later became Experience Macedonia. When I began the project, the idea was nothing more than what some people might call a “pipe dream’, but these forms and mind-mapping helped me develop my idea into a successful venture.
I used the WTW worksheets to get a better understanding of how I wanted the experience to look and feel and to layout the challenges and obstacles that might arise. The sample is a first draft, which led to many other drafts and later to a detailed plan. My first and very successful tour took place in the fall of 2010 – none of my guests wanted to leave and they all wanted to return.
Hope these sheets help your dreams come true, too. If they are not your “cup of tea” – no problem – simply create brainstorming tools that work for you.
Whatever you do, don’t give up on developing your dreams. You can do it!
Enjoy, and please let me know how they work for you in the comments section.
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