Letting Go of Your Past Introduction

Have you noticed how your past follows you wherever you go? No matter how far away you move, somehow you run into someone or something that reminds you of the very person or situation you were trying to escape. 

 

I have good news. We may not be able to change the past circumstances but we can choose whether we carry the backpack full of regrets. It’s all part of our story.

 

In this series, I am going to take you through part of my journey and introduce you to 5 Simple Steps that allowed me to go from barely surviving to fully experiencing life. I will show you how, you, too, can transform your life. You will not want to miss this series.

Stepping Out Stronger, Part D

The challenge we are faced with is not slipping back into how things were before. In the middle of the crises, it’s easy to say, I won’t ever take this for granted or we will have family time each week or whatever it may be. However, when we find our NEW NORMAL, it will be easy to get back into “what was comfortable before.” So, how will we keep from NOT FORGETTING, what we learn and make the necessary changes so they will stick.

 

There are a few things I would like to suggest.

  1. Journal the lessons that you have learned, write an article or share it in a blog. Write it down to help you remember.
  2. Find a photo that reminds you of the change. For example, you may want to re-introduce family time. Just take a photo of the family around the dinner table or playing a game together.
  3. Take a photo, enlarge it and put it in a frame to hang on the wall as a reminder of the family togetherness, or something indicating the change into the New Normal.

 

My friend shared with me a big lesson that she learned through all of this. Because she had been isolated through some horrible circumstances several years ago in much worse conditions, she had no fear when the Coronavirus started spreading. She knew if she could make it through what she had experienced before, she would certainly make it through this. She was stronger than she realized and had learned some lessons she will never forget. It is her story.

Stepping Out Stronger, Part C

Many people have shared with me, that they realize how they have taken so much for granted and hope to never lose the attitude of gratitude. They are so grateful for their health, for family, for the everyday things.

 

Since there has been a major shift to on-line, many businesses will find that running their business on-line is no longer a choice, it is a necessity. I spoke to someone recently who ran his podcast and Television business out of his studio with lots of help. To keep everything running he had to quickly shift everything to his home and said many things are going to change. Someone else, who owned a restaurant had to let their staff go, give them a few weeks of pay and close their business. As they re-opened their business, it was the perfect time to make the necessary changes, rehire the staff that proved to be great workers and change the menu.

 

Whatever changes you have chosen to make, the key is continuing to do this. Continue to be grateful, to consider the positive things that have happened, to enjoy being together as family. It’s now part of your new story.

Stepping Out Stronger, Part B

What would normally be a half-hour smooth sailing canoe trip had become a few hours of struggle through heavy waves and wind. When we, along with the other canoers arrived at shore, we were exhausted. 

 

We had a lovely hot dinner waiting for us and boy, did we eat. I expected the girls would be furious with me for making them paddle. I was prepared for the negative talk and bickering during dinner but much to my surprise, these girls were ecstatic. They had had a HUGE breakthrough. They were angry but perhaps for the first time in their life, couldn’t run. They resisted but it didn’t last. They had a choice; either they listened to their leader and followed the instructions or we would end up washed up on another Island, wait for who knows how long for the storm to pass, without any food. 

The girls, after much resistance, changed their mindsets, followed the instructions of their leader and experienced victory. What they learned could have taken months for us to teach them and it wouldn’t have had half the impact this experience had.

Don’t waste the storm. Look intently, at what worked and what didn’t work. What changes have you made in this past month as you weather the storm of the Coronavirus Crises?  What did you learn about yourself in the last 30 days?

Your openness to learn and grow through this time is part of your story.

Stepping Out Stronger, Part A

With the pandemic that we have been dealing with, you have heard many different messages, many different voices. So, how do you know what to believe?

  1. The first thing you want to do is Listen Closely.

Many people panicked, especially at the beginning of the outbreak which led to hoarding of toilet paper, water and basic food items. As I finally made my way through Costco on one of those unexpected early days of the onset of this virus, I saw the faces filled with panic and fear. These voices were loud. There were no smiles. No one stopped to talk to the person next to them. It was just pushing your cart through to keep going. Every person to himself.

 

Then as I listened to several leaders on-line, I heard a completely different voice. One leader said, “We’ve been through crises before and came out on top and we will get through this one, too. We will show you HOW to pivot in a time of crises. You can be sure they had everyone’s attention.

  1. Secondly Choose wisely

Which voice will you LISTEN to? It is the voice of fear and panic that leads to greed and selfishness or is it the voice of generosity that leads to more influence, more impact and more service.

Strengthening Your Story, Part D

Connection equals currency.

As you position yourself to GIVE GENEROUSLY through on-line programs, prepare to strengthen your story or connect with people you haven’t connected with for some time or perhaps never met. If you do this, you are setting yourself up to Thrive. I am thrilled that several of the attendees of the Story Retreat have stepped forward during this season wanting to strengthen their story by either writing their book or learning to tell their story. They are positioning themselves for more clarity and clarity brings more success.

During this 21 Day Gratitude Challenge, besides stepping up in courage and clarity, I have chosen to intentionally step up with more connections and deeper connections. If any of you have followed me on facebook, you know that my facebook posts have not been real consistent. For the 21-day challenge and hopefully beyond, I am committed to posting every day in Amazing Storytellers as well as another group I’m in. I have also taken some of my programs on-line to develop a deeper connection. Having this kind of focused impact has already made a difference in my income particularly through an intense month. Connection equals currency.

Although our 21 day Challenge is coming to a close soon, it is not too late to jump on Amazing Storytellers Facebook page and join us for the last week. I want to hear what you have been up to and how I can help you strengthen your story. If you would like a 20 minute Story Strategy session, just go to www.wealththroughstories.com to sign up. I would love to hear about your story.