Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Your Life Story


It is Friday and I am looking forward to the week-end.  I know, everyone is right?  For some reason today, I am a little more eager.  It could be that I am off on Sunday (with hubby) so we get to watch football together.

I have been on a mission the last two weeks to get my business and me back on track.  It seems to be working – business is picking up, the number on the scale though small is going down and I am feeling better (most days).  What changed?  I would say my mindset but I also found myself relying more on God for his guidance then LISTENING for an answer.

I have been stretching out of my comfort zone and telling my story (kind of).  Then I saw a great article in the Huffington Post about writing your LIFE story.  My story always seemed long and I never thought it was of interest to anyone but here are some great tips to help you tell that story:

1. Your 3-Sentence Life Story.  What to write: Try to summarize your life in two or three sentences. Take your time. Think about your past. For me:

Overcame a life filled with addictions.  Gained my confidence. Love my life – hubby, daughter & family.

2. Your Crucial Incident (or Incidents)  What to write: Choose one or more of the sentences below and write a page or two that begins with that particular sentence. Just write for yourself and for your clarity of mind.

Sentence 1: I was just a kid, but…

Sentence 2: I tried my best and…

Sentence 3: In that moment everything changed.

Sentence 4: It was shocking to find out that…

Sentence 5: It was the proudest day of my life. I couldn’t stop smiling when…

My sentence would be #3 with #2 a close a second.  No, I won’t share it with you, NOW but in a future blog.  I relive that moment often wondering that if I had made different choices, how different my life would be OR would I be where I am today and the person I am today.

3) Your Secret Why.  What to write: Take a minute to think about the previous two exercises. Then, please finish this sentence; I’d like to really understand everything that led me to _______________.   What truth is important for you to get at? You have a structure (your three sentences), you have a crucial event (that may have caused or contributed to that life story) and now you have a purpose—a reason for writing that will let you learn, enjoy and even be surprised by the story you’ve been waiting to tell yourself and—maybe, just maybe, the world, as well.

Some days I never understand why I am lead to share certain things in my blog and today is one of them.  I LOVE to blog and share my strengths, hopes and experiences with people hoping that through my story, I might touch their lives.  I believe that each blog has a message for someone and will help someone – if only to bring a smile to their face.

Write your life story and then if you don’t like it – rewrite your destiny.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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