WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
What do you tell people that you just meet or run into after months of not seeing? Do you keep it positive or hit them with a downer? What you say is very important, because it’s what you think and tell yourself on a daily basis. Think of it like a 30 second commercial of who you are, where you’re at and where you’re going. You wouldn’t think it’s such a big deal but it actual defines your choices and decisions in your everyday life.
In 2012 I embarked on changing my life. I wanted to find my purpose and passion…or reconnect with it. I always knew what I wanted to do when I was younger but let life and relationships take me away from it. I started by changing my story and it led me on a path of reconnecting to my passion of writing.
I started hearing this “30 Second Commercial or My Story” when I had a home business. This was one of the first steps you did after starting your business. I also heard it on Super Soul Sunday on OWN. I always had a story for my business but not in my personal life. So I started with this very simple step. It took many drafts and weeks to consider who I was and not what I was. I didn’t mention any past failures or accomplishments. I considered carefully what I wanted to do and be in the present moment. I really wanted to write. I really wanted to be a writer. Now this took me a few weeks to dig deep and really get to the heart of what I buried many, many years ago. But it did surface and my journey began leading me into the direction of my passion….writing.
Here’s an example of an story that is a downer:
“Hi, I’m still at the same job waiting for the weekend. I never finished college for my dream of being an architect and probably won’t ever go but at my age it doesn’t really matter.” (again this is a random example)
How this could be changed:
“I have been very dedicated to my job but am looking into a career change soon. I’m very excited about the opportunities that I can embrace in going back to college and learning what I always wanted to learn!”
See the difference? This person is bringing a change to their life by changing their words in their story, which changes your thoughts and ultimately your outcome.
If you don’t know what you want to do, that’s ok, because you’re thinking of your story and what you want in your life, it will appear to you in time. Just start small with re-writing your story.