An exercise I found helpful to better understand myself was to write out stories from my life that
taught me a life lesson about going within. For me, I started at kindergarten and wrote about
things I remembered throughout my years in school. You may have a different reference point. The
idea is to reflect back to the earliest events you remember in your life—good or bad—which were
ultimately a potential lesson to guide you to learn more about who you are.


Here is something I wrote about some key moments in my life that impacted the beliefs I created
about myself and the world. Seego was the dog we had when I was young.
giving Seego away

Grandpa passing
Getting lost in toy section of Sears
Moving from P.G. to W.L. in Kindergarten
Having really good friends and then they move away
almost failing grade 4


Exercise for You

  1. Write about your life. Go back as far as you can remember. Write out stories when you were young,when you were in school, when you were a teenager. Write about the moments that have stayed with you all these years.
  2. What lessons did you learn from these moments in your life?  What skills do you acquire? What inner gifts did you access at these times in your life?
  3. How can these lessons, gifts, skills etc. help you in your life now?

Exercise for Your Team or Group

  1. What are the stories about your company and your team?
  2. What lessons were learned from these stories?
  3. How do you want to move forward as a company and team based on what you have learned up to this point?

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This blog post is from Lesson #12 from the book, “Engage, Connect, Grow – 52 lessons to guide individuals and corporate teams to the heart of what truly matters to them.”