Uncover what your stories say about you and how to write the story you actually want to create
When you don’t like your personal story, and you feel like there’s more out there for you, but you don’t know how to get it – there is hope!
I’m about to give you the exact 3-step process that will uncover:
- The stories that aren’t serving you and what to do about it
- The hidden breadcrumbs that point to your unique calling
- A process for writing the story you actually want to be living and how to make it a reality
Storytelling has been part of humanity for millennia. We first painted stories on cave walls, then told stories orally, passed them on from generation to generation and town to town before books and the internet were a thing.
Storytelling is a powerful tool that I use to help people discover their unique calling. It can help you find the clues within your life, scattered across the years. Clues that point to the answer to the following question:
“How can I live my best life?”
During this process, you will discover the stories you have created around what is and isn’t possible, and how they have blocked you or prevented you from living a fulfilled life. You’ll also learn how to use stories to shift your thinking and ultimately, to change the world.
First, we will go through the 3-step process of storytelling, and then we will look at how to write the story you want to be living – and how to bring it to life!
Let’s start shaping your future – for the better!
Grab a notebook, a pen and find somewhere you won’t be disturbed.
Telling your personal story helps you uncover your unique strengths, spiritual gifts, and ultimately uncover the clues that point to your unique calling.
One of the ways you tell your personal story is by journaling, writing it out. This is an interesting exercise that I learned when I took my yoga teacher training. We all shared our personal stories about what brought us to this point in life.
It was a powerful moment!
Write about your earliest childhood memories, and answer the following questions:
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- When you were a little kid, what did people notice as your gifts or talents?
Simply start writing and see what comes up for you. Then, moving on from early childhood – write down your interests during elementary school into middle school, and answer these questions:
- What did you want to do in high school?
- What did people notice about you at this time?
- And what were your talents and skills?
Moving on to later on in your life, answer these questions:
- What did you major in, or what did you study in college?
- What was your first career?
- What did you do for leisure?
- What’s calling you now
- What do your friends say you’re good at?
These are all important parts of our personal story because often our friends or people we know will tell us, “Hey, you know, you’re really good at this!” And we will dismiss it, missing important clues that would lead us to live a more fulfilled life!
To continue writing your personal story, answer the following questions;
- After college, what was your first career?
- What was your second career?
- What are you doing for fun?
- What are you doing that lights you up?
You’ll now start to see some common themes emerging. For me, teaching emerged as a common theme, as well as writing, which eventually led me to become a yoga teacher, getting more involved in teaching spirituality, and then eventually becoming a Spiritual Life Coach.
Can you see how telling your personal story helps you to uncover clues? The common themes that show up throughout your life and lead you to discover your unique calling are all there waiting to be discovered.
It’s time to uncover the reason you are on this earth and the impact you are here to offer.
How to rewrite your story and make it a reality!
We can also use stories to shift our thinking – we can tell a story about our future.
Write a story about you and your life 5 years from now. Go wild, don’t hold back with your imagination! If nothing were in your way – nothing! What story would you write? What reality would you love to be living?
Consider these points:
- What is your future self doing?
- Who is your future self with?
- Where do you live?
- What elements make up your day?
- What does it feel like?
- What do they have that they don’t have now?
- What kind of changes are they making in the world?
Telling yourself a story about your future and then breaking down how your future self got to where they are, can help you navigate a path to make this dream a reality.
Once we understand the change that we ultimately want to create, we can figure out how to make that change a reality.
I invite you to have a go at these exercises and let me know how you got on. You can message me here: firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media – I’d love to hear from you!
There are many other ways I work with storytelling to shift narratives around the realities we create for ourselves. If you’d like to learn more, please do get in touch.
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