NPR recently wrote an article about a writing exercise called Maps of Meaning created by Professor Jordan B. Peterson that has been proven to make a difference on the futures of those who do it.
Imagine if you could map out your path - where you would work, what you would do and ultimately, how successful you will become - and have it come true? A lot of people know about visualization and imaging yourself doing x or y and how that can impact actual performance - sort of like how Shaquille O'Neal increased his free throw percentage in part by learning to visualize getting the basket in before he threw the ball.
Professor Peterson's exercise relies on visualization in part, too - thinking about where you want to be in your future and writing it down makes you visualize it. The first step is to write about your past (past authoring) -to take control of your narrative, in a sense. The next part is to think and write about your future (future authoring) - where do you want to be, what do you want to do, etc. Professor Peterson's research has demonstrated a positive impact on 700 students over a two year timeline for those who completed their Maps of Meaning.
I think how we approach writing our resume must include some "future authoring". You are using this document to get you the job/career you want - what do you include and how do you include it in your resume to get you where you want to be is important. If you do not know where you want to be, doing something like Maps of Meaning can help you create a plan and then execute it (including your resume).
Have you ever written your future plan or your goals down on paper? Has it helped you move forward in achieving those goals? What about your past? Can you see how the past authoring will help shape and move the future authoring? When I did this exercise, I found the future could not be written without finishing the past. I am looking forward to putting my plan in action using these texts as a guide. What about you? Let me know in the comments. Check out the links below for the NPR article and Professor Peterson's Website. Happy Hunting.
NPR Article on Maps of Meaning
Professor Jordan B Peterson Website
Lisa Vento Nielsen