You are the author of your own story

You are the author of your own story  - Deepak Chopra

You are the author of your own story: Are you sitting back and passively letting life happen to you, or are you using your power to write your story the way you want it to play out?

Let me ask you something… Are you content to be a “passenger” and let life happen to you? Or would you rather take charge, and “drive” your own success? Those are the only two choices.

What if I told you that you could literally have ANYTHING you want?

That anything is possible and well within your reach?
That the Universe actually conspires to give you what you desire?
AND…
That the Universe will even do all the heavy lifting for you?

It’s all 100% true! That’s right – YOU have the power to make anything happen. But manifesting is more than just consciously bringing things into your life experience – it’s also about shaping your life experience.

You are the author of your own story – Deepak Chopra

As the passenger, you can sit back and just cruise along, having very little control of where you’re going, and also enjoying (?) the lack of responsibility for what happens. I get it – sometimes it’s nice (and usually easier) to be passive – but taking this type of stance with your life is going to lead to complacency and victim-hood. It’s impossible to reach your full potential – or even come close – if you aren’t mindful, purposeful, and active.

Once you decide to take an active role in your future, how do you make it happen?

You are the author of your own story  - Deepak Chopra

If you really want your life to be better, you have 100% responsibility for making it happen.

Let’s say you decide that you want to drive to a cool new place you’ve heard about, where you’ve never been. You get in your vehicle, and what’s the first thing you do? Bring up your maps app, right? Just type in your destination and it provides you with different route options, as well as an estimate of when you’re going to arrive.

What would happen if you didn’t have any type of map to help guide you? You would have no idea how long it is going to take. You’d also be wandering around randomly, with a good chance of getting lost. You really have no idea whether you’re getting closer to your destination, or farther away. If by some stroke of luck you actually do make it there, you had probably been driving in circles for a while, making multiple wrong turns, and taking A LOT longer than anticipated.

To arrive at a specific life “destination”, you really need to be your own “maps app”. This simply means being mindful, purposeful, and having a plan.

How to be more purposeful about your future

So, maybe you’ve come to the realization that yes, it’s time for you to plan out your future. Where do you start? First, ask yourself…

What are my long-term goals?

Journaling helped me figure out where I wanted to go.
  • Where do you want to be 5 years from now?
  • 10 years from now?
  • 20 years from now?
  • And – most importantly – what do each of these “look like” to you?

It’s so important to write them down, including your timeline for each one. For larger goals, you might even list some of the steps you’ll need to take – but don’t forget to also add target completion dates for those as well. All of this can be adjusted at any time because well, life happens!

Then… start manifesting them!

Close your eyes and actually visualize these things, one by one. Feel yourself experiencing them, exactly the way you wish them to be. There are so many manifesting practices it would be impossible to list them all, but here are some of my favorites:

My manifesting box
  • Hypnosis – reprogramming your subconscious
  • Positive affirmations – said out loud, daily
  • Journaling – literally writing your story, as you wish it to unfold
  • Meditation – working with your Spirit Team or your Higher Self
  • Rituals – Creating a vision board, altar, or manifesting box

Recommended reading: Ask and It Is Given: Manifesting Your Desires by Jerry and Esther Hicks

You are the author of your own story!

The more detailed and specific you can be about your goals and dreams, the better things will turn out for you. So don’t hold back! Be imaginative! And have fun working with the Universe to create the life you want for yourself. Use these tools to tell the Universe what you want – and the Universe will make it happen for you!


Did you know that hypnosis is a manifesting technique? By reprogramming your subconscious to match your goals, you truly can have the life you’ve always wanted. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation right here, or contact me with any questions.

Jen Merkel Holistic Hypnosis and Wellness

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