Your Voice. Your Choice. Writing Your New Story.

I believe that as a coach there is nothing more important than for me to encourage and nurture individuality in all people, and to help you to find your unique and special gift — your true voice. And I believe there is nothing more powerful than the activation of free will; the power of choice.

Using that power, you can choose to consciously create your day as you wish it to be, with your thoughts, your voice and your words. Each day you write a new page in the story of your future.

Open Book with Blank Page and PenOn your journey you may find you have a past that is no longer serving you. It’s time to let go of the “stories” that make up your history and write new ones. And yes, I mean really write a new story. Carrying old habits and patterns keeps you stuck.

Creating a new story is as simple as changing the way you think, you speak and you write.


Let’s get started:

1. Begin with awareness. Open a clear channel to your intuition–your inner wisdom, your true voice that is inside you just waiting to be heard. Allow yourself time to reflect. Ask your inner wisdom questions, and listen for the answers. Keep a journal.

2. Be conscious of your words. Eliminate I can’t, It’s too hard, I’m not good enough, I’ll never be able to, If only…

3. Write your own personal affirmation. Repeat it and rewrite it regularly.

4. Practice defining yourself as who you are in the world, not what you do.
Write at the top of a journal  “I am. ____________________” Set a timer for two minutes and write all the positive words that describe you at your best. Re-visit this exercise until you have a statement that feels really good. Use it to lift yourself up.

5. When your old self wants to say “I can’t”, ask yourself simply “How Can I?”. Listen for the answers, write them down, then act on them.  First comes awareness, then understanding, then action.

6.Give thanks. Celebrate your many blessings.

7. Practice visualizing your future. Imagine yourself 5 years from now living your very best life.
Write out that vision–with all the details as if you are living it today. This is your new story.

You can create the story of your life… the life of your dreams. You choose.

Simply begin today.

How will your new story begin? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

This article first appeared in the Creativity Coaching Association newsletter in May 2011.  For learn more about the Creativity Coaching Association please visit  Curious about Creativity Coaching, see What Is Creativity Coaching? or contact me through this link for more information.


About Nanette Saylor

Nanette Saylor is known as the Creativity Curator and a Possibility Partner for visionary women who are consciously creating their lives and transforming the lives of the people they serve. She is the founder of Wise Well Women, a company committed to the empowerment of all women, leading them on a revolutionary journey to define, discover and create joy-filled living- and to redefine success on their terms.


  1. Such great advice. So simple and so powerful. There really is no reason any of us can’t do these steps if we want to. Thanks for the reminder of how it really doesn’t need to be that complicated.

  2. I’m so glad you found these tips helpful, Sarah. I pulled this article to re-post as a reminder to myself as well as to everyone reading, too. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

  3. A very empowering post. This really reminds me that I can still make a better story out of my life, even if I have made some mistakes in the past.

  4. Yes, Andy, that’s the point exactly! We’re all human. “Stuff” happens. I believe we have the power to create whatever we choose from this very moment forward. Enjoy the journey :-)
    Wishing you well–

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