Exercise: Body Of Work

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PAM ELA SLI M

WORKBOOK
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C HAPTER 1

Your Body of Work
What did you learn from Lewis Stewart, photographer, community activist and Pam’s Dad, about creating a body of work? Create your own vision of your body of work in this first section of the workbook.
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Exercise: Body of Work
Imagine yourself many years in the future, on the last day of your life, looking back at the things that you created, developed, nurtured and contributed. What, ideally, would you like to see?

W H AT D O YO U WA N T TO C REATE?
Think:
•• Write—books, blog posts, ebooks, code
•• Program—classes, programs, workshops, software
•• Change the World—movements, organizations, awareness, insight, permission
•• Be an Artist—art, pictures, music, poetry
Who do you want to help?
•• What are the specific characteristics of people you want to work with?
•• Why do they deserve the very best of your intelligence and energy?
•• What will they do with what you give them?
•• Will they appreciate your gifts, and bring out your best self?
•• Are they fun and engaging to work with?
•• Do they push you to overcome any natural fear and resistance to do important work? © 2014 Ganas Consulting, LLC

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What drives you?
•• What will happen as a result of investing your time and energy in this project? Is it important to you? Is it important to your community? Is it important to the current state of the world?
•• Why you? What unique perspective or experience do you bring to this work? If you don’t have decades of experience or advanced degrees, do you care more than someone else? Will you work harder than someone else?
•• Is it worth trying, even if it fails miserably?
•• Why now? Will you regret not doing it in a year? Is there a reason why this is the perfect time? If not now, when? Will next year be any different than this year?
•• Are you pulling your hair out? Are you missing some answers? Do you need more information? •• Do you hate coaches who ask lots of questions?
Good. I will share many ways to arrive at these answers throughout the book.
Have patience. It will serve you well on the rest of your journey.Imagine yourself many years in the future, on the last day of your life, looking back at the things that you created, developed, nurtured and contributed. What, ideally, would you like to see?

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C HAPTER 2

Define Your
Roots
What did you learn from Amanda Wang, graphic designer, boxer and mental health advocate, about the deeper roots that anchor your body of work?
Define your roots in this second section of the workbook.
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Exercise: Identify Your Roots
Now it’s your turn. Get to a place free of distraction. Take a deep breath, and answer these questions from the perspective of what you know to be true, not what you think you should say. There is no right answer, and your answers may change at different points in your career.

W H AT D O YO U VA LUE ?
Brainstorm a list of values. Review the list, choose your top five values and create a definition for each.
Value #1:

Definition:

Value #2:

Definition:

Value #3:

Definition:

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Value #4:

Definition:

Value #5:

W H AT D O YO U B E L I E VE?
List the top five things you know for sure about your life, yourself, your career, etc.
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WHY DO YO U B E L IE V E T HEM ?
Describe the key life experiences that have shaped your values and beliefs.

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W H OM D O YO U C A R E DEEPLY A BO UT SERVI NG?
Who are the people who you want to impact?

Why are they important to you?

What will happen in their lives as a result of your support?

W H I CH P R O B L E M S D O YO U WA NT TO SO LVE?
What do you want to fix?

What could be made…