The Power of Fortune Telling
This activity is not only fun, but also really helps us focus on the positive in our lives. I encourage you to do this activity with small groups, but it can certainly be done one-on-one as well. I’ve experienced doing this activity with young kids, teens and adults and the affect has always been wonderful. It was at Patrice Koerper’s Wishful Thinking Works Workshop, that this little twist of using an origami fortune telling tool was incorporated that made it extra fun.
Purpose of Activity
People have expectations about their own lives and the power of those expectations goes beyond mere achievement to visceral, emotional qualities. Believing in yourself is a part of building your self-esteem.
”Our expectancies not only affect how we see reality but also affect the reality itself,” according to Edward E. Jones, a psychologist at Princeton University.
We want to help kids (and adults) to visualize their ideal future. To develop a positive mindset, be optimistic about the future, and develop a sense of purpose by seeing the big picture. By visualizing what you want, you begin to set in motion.
Fortune Telling Activity Steps:
- Make the origami fortune teller. You can download this template to start if it makes it easier to assist in the creation of the origami. Young girls are typically familiar with this origami, and it is fun to create. Here are step-by-step instructions if you need practice ahead of time.
- Decorate. You can do the traditional color and number sequence on the outside surfaces of the origami fortune teller. The more time you have and the more enthusiastic your group is, the more creative you can be in decorating the outer surfaces.
- Write down best possible futures. A key to this activity is the four fortunes that are written on the inside. Ask each person in the group to write down on the inside panels four of the best things they can envision for themselves in the future (one for each panel). Some things that I have seen written: You will be a professional soccer player, You will own 2 dogs, You will go on a trip to the Grand Canyon… (Oprah will buy 500 “i am beautiful” shirts for her girls at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa ☺)
- Pair up and have fun. Have each person pair up with a partner and take turns fortune telling with the other. Fortune teller asks other participant to choose a color , then spells out color (B-L-U-E) while flipping the origami. Ask favorite number, then flip origami that many times. And finally choose a number to find out your future.
- Read fortune. The fortune teller reads the fortune and acts like it has already come true! The fortune teller should get excited about it, ask questions on how it felt, what the reaction was, what the results were… And the person whose fortune it is must answer the questions as if the thing has already occurred and they are living it.
- Switch roles and repeat.
Fortune teller: “You are a professional soccer player.”
Fortune teller: “Wow, How amazing that you play professional soccer! I don’t know anyone that does that. Have you won any major tournaments?”
Participant: “Yes, we took home a gold medal in the summer Olympics!”
Fortune teller: “What country did the games take place in?”
Participant: “We were in London.”
Fortune teller: “Was that your first award for soccer?”
Participant: “No, I also won the Women’s World Cup and the College Soccer Cup”
Fortune teller: “What’s it feel like to stand on the podium and hear the National Anthem?” …
The keys to success in this activity are the ability to do the following:
- Looking for the positive by thinking about your best possible self
- Reinforcing that outlook by writing it down
- Sharing it with others, to make you feel the reality of the dream
Reflect Who I Am wants to give kids exposure to their best possible self. We want to nurture them to understand their own power and possibility, and this activity helps fulfill that vision. Enjoy doing this with your daughter, girl scout group, or friends.
Marci Hower is co-founder of Reflectwhoiam.com. She has been an active entrepreneur in a few different companies but her proudest moments have come in raising her 3 boys. Recently, she participated in Challenge Days with the public school system and a Wishful Thinking Workshop, each incorporated their own version of this positive thinking activity.