Is your story about yourself helping you achieve your goals?

Your version of your life story can have an impact on how you view the world around you which ultimately can impact the decisions you are making in your life.

I know for myself, I have spent a lot of my life attached to my story. I tended to blame others and
myself for the state of my situation.

I grew up in a small town. I was a shy, quiet, awkward boy. I played basketball and volleyball in
high school. I was a B-average student. I watch movies, played video games. I didn’t have girlfriends
and I didn’t go to a lot of the parties. I played a variety of sports with my friends. I felt different. I would have times in high school when I felt good about myself and then I would go through weeks when I felt as small as a pebble.

As I grew older, I continued to feel “less than” and I tried to find ways to feel more confident and included in groups.  Over time, I learned so much about myself. I now recognize my past prepared me for where I am now. I wouldn’t have been able to write this workbook without going through all the experiences I have had. I see my story differently. I am grateful for where I have come from. I have learned so much along the way.

Exercise for You

  1. Write your life story. Choose one story to start with. You can start from the first memory you have
    or a major life event when you were young.
  2. What do you connect most with related to your life story?
  3. How come you connect most with this?
  4. Do you find yourself regretting parts of your life?
  5. Do you find yourself wishing things were better?
  6. What theme comes to mind when you reflect on your life story?
  7. What do you want most to be remembered for?

Exercise for Your Team or Group

  1. If people are open to it, team members can share their answers about themselves. This can be a
    great way for people to get to know each other better. What is the story or stories you tell about
    this team?
  2. What stories, if any, take the group away from its goal?
  3. What stories, if any, move the group toward its goal?
  4. What aspects of the team story do you want to keep and use to allow the team to grow?

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This blog post is from Lesson #22 from the book, “Engage, Connect, Grow – 52 lessons to guide individuals and corporate teams to the heart of what truly matters to them.”