What’s Your Story

I recently got an email about Donald Miller’s new project, Storyline. It’s a pretty cool thing he’s exploring, and I really want to read it/get involved (more so than just the profile I created on mysubplot and haven’t viewed again since).
He gives three keys to having more impact, and although most of this post will be ka-wotes (quotes), they’re so good, I feel no need to paraphrase.
  • Move from Fuzzy to Clear Ambitions

The reason Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill and Mother Theresa all lived great stories is because they, and the rest of the world, knew exactly what they wanted. King wanted racial equality, Churchill wanted to defeat Hitler and Mother Theresa wanted dignity for the poor. So, if we want to live impactful stories, our ambitions must be just as clear. Take out a piece of paper today and write down what your primary ambitions are. Meditate and pray about them. This one step will make you a much more compelling person. Try doing this the second you finish reading this article. It won’t be long before people around you begin to see you as a leader, simply because you have clear ambitions.

  • Move from Conflict Avoidant to Conflict Engaging

All great characters have to go through conflict. Without conflict, stories are boring and characters don’t change. Real-life people are the same. The more we avoid conflict, the less impact we will have. Are you avoiding conflict? Procrastinating? Not reconciling with somebody? Write down three things you are avoiding, tackle them today, and tomorrow you’ll be living with less stress. And you’ll have an enormous amount of self-respect. Great characters engage conflict peacefully and easily.

  • Choose Meaning over Pleasure

Pleasure isn’t always bad. In fact, pleasure is mostly good. But when pleasure drives us, we end up living sad stories. Our ambitions should be more meaningful. When we choose what we want our lives to be about, we would do better to choose relational endeavors. Sure, it’s okay to make a lot of money. But if our lives are all about making money, we won’t contribute much to the well being of our loved ones. Make your ambitions heartfelt. Choose to want a great marriage, to have a well-loved family, to be a supportive listener, to be a protective leader. Make each of your ambitions count by connecting them to the well-being of others.

End Quote. I just don’t even know what else to say. Our stories are so important, and telling them well is such a hard thing sometimes. I bolded some of my favorite tid-bits and gems, and I really want to be better at doing these things. I’ll keep ya updated. And you hold me accountable, ok? ok.

 

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