Happy Monday! Are you dreading heading into work? Are you longing for the weekend already? Is there something you want to do but fear and doubt is keeping you from stepping out of your comfort zone? I had a rare Sunday off yesterday so I enjoyed church and an afternoon of football. I took the time to write out a plan for the week so that I can change my story!
What does this have to do with “my story”? Well, I was thinking. I know – scary but when I do, things start to happen. I am especially excited on the rare occasions brain fog is not invading my space. Several months ago, I set a goal with a date and yesterday helped me to realize I needed to stay the course even when the going gets tough. I have been on a mission to get my business and my life back on track. It seems to be working – business is picking up, the number on the scale seems to have a mind of its own and I am learning how to work within the parameters of my health issues. Is everything going 100% according to plan, NOPE! So why am I excited about the small changes? My mindset changed and I am relying more on God for his guidance then LISTENING for an answer.
I have been stretching out of my comfort zone. I have been looking for the lesson to be learned in each perceived negative thing as it happens. I am sharing my story – the good, the bad and the ugly. There was a great article in the Huffington Post about writing your LIFE story. I used to think my story was long, uninteresting and full of boosting which resulted in not being of interest to anyone. I was so wrong.
Here are some tips to help you tell YOUR 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:
Overcoming a life filled with addictions. Gaining my confidence. Love my life. Blessed with a loving hubby, amazing daughter, family & friends.
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. I relive moments often wondering if I had made different choices or reacted differently if my life would be different, would I be where I am today OR the person I am today. The “what if” in your life can be the thing holding you back!
3) Your Secret Why. What to write: Take a minute to think about the previous two exercises. Then, 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 your life story) and now you have a purpose—a reason for writing which let’s 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 struggle with what to write and today was one of them. I LOVE blogging and sharing my strengths, hopes and experiences with people. My hope is through my story, I might touch their lives. I believe each blog has a message – even if only one person reads it and it helps them or brings a smile to their face – it was worth it.
Write your life story and then if you don’t like it – rewrite your destiny. Share with us, if you want. Let’s use CELEBRATE and ENCOURAGE you.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!