IT’S YOUR WORLD BABY, I’M JUST LIVING IN IT
It blows my mind when people start to tell me a story and they start discounting it. The moments that led to the climax, the characters they met along the way, the chain of events that took them left when they should’ve gone right, all of the parts of the story that ring to the message we’re supposed to hear or the lesson we’re supposed to learn.
I often hear, “It’s not important,” or, “Nobody cares,” or, “I’m just a (insert role) at (insert household or company), it doesn’t matter.”
It’s your story. It’s your experience. It’s your journey. And it all matters.
Did you ever stop to think about how your story could help someone who is in a new role in life, like being a mom, a wife, or a stepdad for the first time?
Or how your wins could shape others' perspectives to achieve a goal? Let’s face it, you didn’t just wake up successful, right?
Or maybe how you could help others through tough times by letting them know they’re not alone?
Have you ever thought how your story could change or save someone’s life today?
Sharing is caring. Who cares what your future Mr. or Mrs. Right will think? Who cares what your future job will think? Don’t you want to be aligned with people who know the real you?
Vulnerability is scary. But silence is much more terrifying.
There is power that comes with sharing your story. You can develop confidence that is already within you.
See, through my years of listening and working with others to craft their narratives, I’ve learned lessons about the power of someone else’s story.
EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL. THERE IS GOLD IN EVERY PERSON’S JOURNEY, YOU JUST HAVE TO LISTEN LONG ENOUGH TO HEAR IT.
EVERYONE’S LIFE HAS A LESSON TO TEACH – GOOD, BAD OR INDIFFERENT. I PROMISE YOU A STRANGER CAN TEACH YOU MORE THAN A PERSON YOU’VE KNOWN YOUR WHOLE LIFE.
GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE WHO GIVE OTHERS HOPE.
BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE, AND PEOPLE OVERCOME THEM. IT'S PROBABLY HAPPENED TO YOU. GIVE OTHERS HELPFUL, HOPEFUL LESSONS THEY CAN USE ON THEIR JOURNEY.
WHEN YOU ASK MORE QUESTIONS, MAGIC HAPPENS! YOU CAN SEE A SHIFT IN A STORYTELLER AS THEY UNLOCK THEIR OWN LESSON OR TRUTH.
COURAGE WINS EVERY TIME.
CELEBRATE PEOPLE’S WINS WITH THEM! DON’T YOU WANT A CHEERING SECTION TO GO WILD WHEN YOU’VE WON?
EMPATHY IS A GIFT, LISTEN WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND – IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO JUDGE THE PERSON TELLING THE STORY.
ASK YOURSELF WHAT DID I LEARN FROM THIS PERSON? I PROMISE YOU THE NUGGETS SOMEONE SHARES CAN BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS DOWN THE ROAD.
SPEAK UP! SILENCE NEVER MADE HISTORY.
Now go on grasshopper, be BOLD. There’s someone out there that you don’t even know who needs to hear your story today!
Don't believe me? Check out this video for the Heart on My Sleeve Movement. You can hear firsthand the fear in speaking up, along with the confidence and strength that came from sharing.