It’s my belief that everyone has a story to tell. Some people feel it’s their purpose in life to tell their story. However, you can’t just tell your story–or write it–because you feel it’s your purpose. Your story has to teach someone something, change someone in some way, or inspire someone to take some sort of action. In other words, your story must have a purpose. Or, better said, you must have a purpose for telling or writing your story.
I’m working with a woman whose daughter tragically had her hand torn off in an accident. Miraculously, the doctors were able to reattach it, but the woman still suffers the emotional effects of this experience. She wants to write a book that tells her story. However, she not only wants to tell her story, she also wants to offer resources to other people who might be suffering emotionally after a traumatic event in their life. She wants something good to come out of her own personal tragedy. She wants people to read her book, to not feel so alone, and to have the resources to get help.
Another client of mine discovered a tool to help people forgive. He had his own personal forgiveness story and the stories of people he had worked with to share as well as the technique he had developed. He wanted to share these with others in the form of a book and use this as the springboard for a coaching and workshop business. He felt that teaching others how to forgive and to heal was his life purpose. He wanted people to read his book, learn how to forgive, actually forgive and heal, and also take his workshops.
What’s your story? Why do you need to tell it or to write it?