What is your story?

We all love to read about the stories of different people. Some are of the rich and famous, and some are just the stories of how ordinary people are making a difference or touching the lives of others.

Each of us has a story that is unique. It is sad that too few people get to share or live out their story. The reason is that we settle for the small messages that life has sent us over the years. You are not good enough, smart enough, tall enough. We all have some examples that surface from time to time.

The second reason is that instead of understanding who we are, we allow life to dictate our journey. This sentence is easier to write than to live, so I do understand that many of us have been challenged, made sacrifices, walked through valleys and experienced setbacks. It is often on these detours that we learn many lessons that shape who we become. These detours are not your life and we often need encouragement and a helping hand to step back up onto the road of life designed especially for us.

A full life is one that engages your skills, passion and talents, uniquely mapped out for you. That is your true story. To ensure that your life reflects this story, you need to do some work on discovering this individual: time to read, journal and have some long reflective conversations with one or two chosen individuals close to you.
Authors spend many hours alone, writing and thinking through the plot, direction and depth of their story. Yours is no different. It takes time, energy and some deep soul searching. For many, this is too difficult and that is why so few get to live an enriched legacy.

Take the time today to make a decision to build an enriched story for your family and community to treasure. Reflect on the following questions over a period of time. Keep a notebook or journal of your thoughts and ideas. This process unlocks your future and your story.

  • Think through the different stages of your life and document the highlights.
  • List your skills.
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Where has your work and life experience come from? List these.
  • Map out your relationships that matter.
  • Where do you believe you can be useful in the future?
  • What is getting in the way of moving ahead?

This process will help you to unlock some deep-seated ideas and overlaps. It is in the overlaps that the richness of your story has a future.

Your story and life are unique. Be the best you can be and leave a legacy. We each have one. I would love to read yours. Take the time. It is worth it.

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