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Own Your Story Before It Owns You Introduction

Brene Brown says, “When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.”

Over the past several years, I’ve had opportunity to meet, shake hands and hug people that surpass my wildest dreams. Some were wealthy people in the sense of financial gain, some were wealthy because they practiced the “sowing & reaping” principle, giving from their hearts at every turn. Some were wealthy because they didn’t hesitate to share their story even when they didn’t feel like it. I’m talking about people like Nick Vujuccic, the man without limbs, who has such passion and affection for broken people but cannot even hug his wife or kids.

The ONE thing these people had in common is that each of them OWNED THEIR STORY.

What does it mean to own your story? Perhaps the better question is, “What does it mean to be stuck in your story? It seems to be a most accurate phrase to describe the condition of running into something in life that stops us cold. As much as we would like to move forward, we’re “stuck”, unable to resolve some conflict within us, and we can’t move on. In this series, Own Your Story before It owns You, I will take you step by step to get unstuck. Remember, Your Story Matters,

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.

Three steps to Maximize your Story, Part C

Tom was a financial planner who wanted to be the kind of person who could stop the casual communication in a room when he entered. He knew that if he could make that kind of impact with co-workers, he could make that kind of impact with clients. He also realized that the same skill of impact could be used at home to influence his teenage sons. And he did! The key to positioning to tell your story is having clarity around the purpose of your story.

 

At Wealth Through Stories LIVE, we will position you to reach the people you want to reach through story. By the end of our event, you will not only know how to find stories with ease, you will have a simple story framework and know how to be sure you are reaching the person you want to reach. To register for Wealth Through Stories LIVE on March 13-14, go to www.wealththroughstories.com/story-retreat. With this New Year, I want everyone who knows they have a story or even if you aren’t sure you have a story to join us, so am offering you a $100 coupon to sign up. Just put in the code: wtsmember when you sign up.

Enjoy your 2020 story

Three steps to Maximize your Story, Part B

I attended a high-end two day event where a photographer was brought in to capture each person speaking. He asked us to share a funny story and of course, pretend he wasn’t there. One by one everyone shared a humorous story and my turn was next. I could feel the anxiety rising as I am a story-teller and couldn’t think of a funny story. …

As for me, I got to tell my funny story and the photographer got his shots. Stories are all around us. We just have to watch for them. The key to creating a great story is to observe the lessons that are learned through conflict. Every great story has conflict.

Enjoy the 20/20 journey,

Three steps to Maximize your Story, Part A

I was challenged with my friend’s statement in his email when he said,

“I’m grateful for my health.  I’m grateful for my relationships with friends near & far.

But mostly, I’m grateful for every failure I’ve endured along the way.”

I stopped at that point to reflect on my life and ask myself, could I say, “I’m grateful for every failure I’ve endured along the way”? Could you say that?

How do you position yourself to find your story?

Here are two key ways:

The first is embracing and maintaining an attitude of gratitude.

The second is taking the time to journal experiences that impact your everyday life

 

At Wealth Through Stories LIVE, we will position you to find your story. By the end of our event, you will not only know how to find stories with ease, you will have discovered how to use a 2-minute story and use it to transform a potential lead to becoming a paying client. To register for Wealth Through Stories LIVE on March 13-14, go to www.wealththroughstories.com/story-retreat. With this New Year, I want everyone interested in story or even if you aren’t sure you have a story to join us, so am giving you a $100 coupon to sign up. Just put in the code: wtsmember when you sign up.

Enjoy your 2020 story