When you watch a movie or read a book it summons a response from you. Some you either love, hate or are unaffected by. You’re engaged by the characters and themes or disenchanted with who they are and the lives they live. What if your life was unveiled as a “story”?
Did you know the most impactful and memorable are based on true-life stories? As Joseph Campbell mentions in The Hero With a Thousand Faces it’s human nature to relate to story.
Up until this year my life story was concealed, shared only with those who lived it alongside me. Most of us share safe “bullet points” – basically demographic information that keeps us in a safe zone because we fail to understand the impact of our own story or know how to live a better story. If you think that you are watching a badly lived life unfold before you watch this 2-minute video called A Better Story.
Learning to live and tell a better story are skills we can learn.
Peter who was an eyewitness of the life and times of Jesus reminds us…
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
1 Peter 3:15
You need to invest the time to learn to tell your story. Create a life plan. You need to learn to manage your story. It’s a gift. When you learn to live a clear life the people around you are inspired.
Many of my friends have amazing stories, when they share, they inspire others. Your story is not only for you.
Acclaimed writer, Donald Miller has created some great practical resources to help us create a better life plan. Here are 3:
1. How To Tell A Story. Don’s been writing best selling books for years. In this free eBook he tells you the secret. It’s easy to learn and use. Read the eBook and become a master storyteller. No hitch. No gimmick. Learning how to tell a better story is the first key to living a better story.
2. In Don’s book A Million Miles In A Thousand Years: How I learned To Live a Better Story, the subtitle says it all…..
“After writing a successful memoir, Donald Miller’s life stalled. During what should have been the height of his success, he found himself unwilling to get out of bed, avoiding responsibility, even questioning the meaning of life. But when two movie producers proposed turning his memoir into a movie, he found himself launched into a new story filled with risk, possibility, beauty, and meaning….”
We can all live a better story by reading or listening to A Million Miles In A Thousand Years.
3. The third is a resource called Creating Your Life Plan. Using 11 video sessions, an 83-page workbook download and an online course. You will discover what lights you up. It helps you let go of people who use you and ensure your life has meaning, purpose and hope with long-term success. Compared to doing the Storyline Conference in a weekend seminar in a major U.S. city, its much less expensive. Watch the two-minute promo video and see the benefits of clarity, understanding of your priorities and inspiration.
These tools have all been helping many people learn to live and tell a better story and have a more significant impact on the world around them. Part of my story is to help make a big difference by giving water to the world’s poorest women and children with Gospel for Asia by drilling wells. Another part is helping create environments to help people experience the joy of giving.
Take the time to use these tools to invest in living and telling a better life story.
Attitude How do you feel about telling your story?
Action Use all 3 of these resources to learn to live and tell a better story.
Question When will you begin?