Nudging the Universe

Twenty years ago, two friends and I started the year by taking an afternoon-long New Year’s Day “nudge the universe” class. As part of the class, we and the dozen or so other participants each had to make up a name for ourselves that represented a goal we hoped to achieve. With the goal of writing a book and becoming more creative, I chose “Author Artist.”

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Then, after introducing ourselves using our new names, we were tasked with writing a song that celebrated what we hoped to accomplish, as if we’d already accomplished it. With the hope of nudging into existence my goal of writing a book, here’s the song I wrote (and then, much to my dismay, had to sing to my fellow nudgers):

Author Artist had a book
With a book book here
And a book there
Here a book
There a book
Everywhere a book book
Author Artist had a book

While I thought the exercise was silly at the time, it has turned out to be quite powerful: within a year I had a contract for What Do You Really Want? How to Set a Goal and Go for It, a book for teens that has since sold more than 50,000 copies and been translated into 10 languages.

I don’t share this to brag but to emphasize how important and powerful getting clear on our hopes and dreams can be. Even two decades later, my name and my song continue to resonate with me and, perhaps more importantly, motivate me to take action. But as we head into 2022, I’m considering a new name, a new tune and what new things I’d like to nudge into existence in the years ahead, including:

  • Another book
  • A stronger relationship with my significant other
  • A New York City apartment for six months
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Retirement

How about you? What nudges would you like to give the universe in 2022? And if you had to choose a goal-related name for yourself, what name would you choose?

5 thoughts on “Nudging the Universe

  1. That’s a very good idea! Unless we have clear goals, we can’t possibly achieve them. I liked your song too…it may have started out as silly, but look what it lead to!

  2. Love your song! In 2022 I will turn my current entrepreneurial roadmapping line of work into The Decision Doula™, helping people in positions of responsibility to make big, bold decisions without regret, based on my proprietary DECIDE! process. Writing the Decicionmaker’s Manual now, and launching courses soon! (If I had to write a song about it, what comes to mind is a parody of “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” from The Sound of Music. Perhaps I will do that exercise jus for fun! )

    Happy New Year!


    • So glad your Doula program is becoming a reality as I believe there are many people, me included, who need help making decisions, especially now. If you do end up writing a song, please share.

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