Ever have a flashback that takes you back to a particular moment in time?
What was the experience that just flashed through your mind – positive or negative?
Given our propensity to recall negative events with more frequency and clarity, the likelihood is that your flashback is to a painful memory rather than a positive one.
And while flashbacks can provide valuable information, there’s a device you’ll find more helpful as you plan a positive future.
What’s that, you say?
Here’s the official definition:
“Flash-forward is a literary device in which the plot goes ahead of time, i.e. a scene that interrupts and takes the narrative forward in time from the current time in a story.”
A flash-forward represents future events as they may be anticipated within the main plot line.
Just as flashbacks revisit past events, flash-forwards reveal important parts of the story that have not yet taken place.
This literary device can be applied to your own life, especially if you feel like you’re playing the waiting game.
The result? Clearer ambition, greater positivity, and increased engagement in the yet-to-be-written future chapter.
So, rather than reviewing events that have already happened (or ruminating/fixating / harping on them), flash forward a year or two or ten in your life.
Where are you? Who are you with? How do you spend your time? What do you see?
Create the image in your mind.
Experts say such visualization takes that scene from imaginary to reality.
Your flash-forward can serve as your goal imaging and a key point in your developing story.
Create it frequently. Revisit and revise as necessary.
Better yet, write it down. Then when you revisit, see if what you imagined has been realized and if not, is it still of the same importance to you?
After all, you’re the author of this story. Why keep re-reading an old or outdated chapter when you can build a new one?
A 10x Emmy-winning producer and founder of The Storytelling Strategist, Valerie Gordon believes in the power of story for impact and influence. She speaks at conferences and partners with corporations to help audiences and clients harness strategic storytelling to build their brand, perfect the presentation, and build relationships. Inquire about a customized program for your group or organization and let’s flash forward to create the next chapter together!