Spicing up your journaling habit, saving the world through stories, and crafting the perfect introduction

Building Blocks: Actionable insights to build an Intentional Life

Hey everybody,

Here’s another batch of actionable insights to start your week off right, so you can be more intentional with how you live, work, and create.

Let’s get started.

Insight 1: Spice up your journaling

Journaling is great for documenting your thought processes, save memories you don’t want to lose to the ravages of time, and reconnect with your past self.

But if you’re looking to spice things up, try writing a letter to your future self. It can be 1, 5, or 10 years into the future.

You can include things like reflections on your current situation, changes you plan to make, what you want to accomplish over the next 5 years, and whatever else you think would be fun to include.

If you want a more structured approach, check out this thread by Sahil Bloom:

Insight 2: Use stories over statistics

Have you ever thought, “Man, that super complicated academic journal article about climate technology sure was fun to read!”

Me either.

Most of the content about climate tech and renewable energy is geared toward scientists or policy makers—or outright fearmongering.

But if we want non-experts to get onboard the green train, they have to be able to understand what’s going on, why it’s a big deal, and be inspired to help.

That’s why Delphi Zero was born: To inspire more people to participate in the boldest odyssey of our time: Our Journey to Net Zero — Art Lapinsch

Luckily, Art is taking a nuanced approach by writing fiction to get people excited about climate tech.

I love Art’s description of this approach:

Less of “20 Solar Trends to Watch in 2022” and more of “Solar: How We Stole Fire From the Gods”.

Check out Art’s latest article to learn more (and reach out to him if you want to get involved):

Saving the World One Essay at a Time: How I Wrote My First Sci-Fi Story About Climate

Insight 3: Perfect your introduction

How do you introduce yourself?

Do you stumble over your words trying to poorly explain who you are and what you do?

Or maybe you try to condense everything about yourself into a 10-second elevator pitch you can vomit up on unsuspecting strangers you manage to corner at a networking event.

Clay Hebert is on a mission to help you craft the perfect introduction that carries the conversation forward rather than stop it in its tracks.

Check it out:

After watching his TEDx Talk, I’m going to play around with these intros:

I explore Intentional Life Design.


I help people be more intentional with how the live, work, and create.

What’s yours?

Question for the Week

Think of how much progress have you made over the last 5 years.

Where do you want to be in your life and business in the next 5 years?

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Until next time—memento mori,

Corey Wilks, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Executive Coach


Course (Cohort 2 Coming Soon): Intentional Life Design