Think about a moment you’ve had where your entire world changed.
Think about how you responded in that one moment.
Now think about what you did during the days, months, and years after.
If you’ve just experienced a moment like this, then hold tight.
Full lessons are only ever revealed after the fact.
What happens in one moment in time is not the full story.
Because the full story needs your participation–it needs you to be the author of what happens next.
In a nutshell, you are the author of your own life.
And you may be complicit in writing a bad story for yourself.
You may not even know it.
But I want you to know it now.
Because you can become a new kind of protagonist.
I want you to realize the power you have to narrate your life.
Try this simple exercise today:
- Take a piece of paper (If you’ve followed my writing at all, you know how much I love a simple piece of blank paper…)
- On one side of the paper, write down who you are today. Include your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. From that starting point, in one sentence, write out your story. Don’t worry too much about it. Write whatever comes to mind.
- Below that, write what you would like your story to be.
- Then, flip the paper over. At the top of the blank side, write who you would be if you left the other story behind. Write whatever comes to mind about who you would be if the story you’re telling yourself no longer served you. What would that new person look like?
- Finally, on the bottom half of the side you’re now on, write down 3 simple actions you can take, starting today, to begin that new story. You don’t have to do all 3 today, but writing down a few will give you multiple options to choose from.
- Commit to doing one of those actions TODAY.
- Carry this paper around with you for the week.
I think what you’ll find is that doing this simple exercise will change you.
Because your old protagonist wouldn’t have done this.
Your old story wouldn’t have included this.
Only someone in a new story would have taken the time to complete the exercise.
You can be that person.
You can write the next chapter today, starting with one blank page.