Change Your Future Life Story Act II

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 | by Brenda Stanton

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” ~Thomas Paine

You’ll recall from last week’s article that writing and analyzing your life story is a critical tool to helping you make progress in an area that’s very important to you and helping you get un-stuck.

Since the topic of not only writing out your past, but having the power to write out your future, appealed to so many of you, I thought we’d go deeper with the topic with this week’s Act II portion.

To help give this topic some more context and power, I thought I’d have you first watch this brief (6 minutes) video on How To Write a Script – Story Structure.

Movie makers and script writers give a great description of how-to write a script, not only the past, but also the present and of course the future. They do a great job of explaining the purpose/meaning of Act I, Act II, and Act III.

Take a few minutes to watch this video and then read-on to learn how this applies to you having your own turning point and transformation in your own life. Click here to watch the video

Now that you’ve watched the above video, you know that the way a great, interesting, suspenseful movie is set-up is having three “acts”. Act I is all about setting up the problem, the history and giving us all a foundation to the history of the main character(s).

In your case, last week’s article, and my exercise of assigning clients to write their life story plays perfectly into this – the history that has made you up to this point.

Then, Act II arises where there is a major conflict, a turning-point, a desperate place where the main actor (the hero of the story) faces, what seems to be, a very hopeless and dire situation.

Can you relate? Where you faced a crossroads in your life where you feel stuck, hopeless and not knowing which way to turn? But knowing something needs to shift? A miracle needs to happen so you can live the life you’re meant to live?

This is your Act II – the focus of this week’s article – helping you write-out not only what your biggest challenge is in your life and detailing out the struggle – but most importantly, what you want to see SHIFT.

Looking at the past takes bravery and courage, but so does looking at the present and admitting that you’re stuck, that you need a miracle and a shift, and then, having the courage to act and move forward into Act III – the triumph!

To help you with giving thought to, and more context around writing out your Act II (the conflict and the turning the point), check-out the Worthy Work below.


To Your Worth!



You most definitely know where you’ve been, but do you know where you are? Do you know what is causing your struggle or stuckness in a particular area (assuming you feel stuck somewhere in your life)?

To help you gain more insight, and courage into writing out your Act II (the present conflict/struggle) I thought I’d share this powerful moment in the movie Good Will Hunting – where I feel this scene captures the conflict, the drama and the preface to the turning point perfectly. Click here to watch the 4-minute video

After watching this, give thought to where you are – imagine that you’re witnessing your life – how would you describe your struggle? What does it feel like to be in your shoes? And…most importantly, what is your STRENGTH and TRUTH that you can lean on from the past that will help you have your own triumph and turning point in your life?

Remember, you hold the pen to how you want your life to look in the future. Have the courage to be honest and then write out a whole new way of living and being that will bring you and others great joy!




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