- Is your life on wash, rinse, and repeat?
- Do you struggle to understand why your life is what it is?
- Are you aware of the patterns, routines, and habits of your life?
- Do you understand the roles other people play in your life?
- Do you have clarity around why you are who you are and why you are where you are in life?
- Do you have control over your self-talk, thoughts, feelings, and emotions?
- Are you able to live in the present moment?
- Are you a creator over who you are becoming?
- Are you whole? Are you healed? Have you made peace with your past?
Most people are oblivious to the true power of personal storytelling. While it is an art and a means to communicate who we are it offers so much more than that. Becoming a personal storyteller is an opportunity to heal yourself, raise your self-awareness, improve your situational awareness, learn to live more in the present moment, and become more considerate and open minded about others.
To tell a powerful personal story, however mundane the topic might be, you have to comprehend what happened first to recount the event or experience in a story. A story requires a plot, setting, characters, and a theme.
People confuse sharing facts and information about themselves and their lives with personal storytelling. It becomes a story when characters are introduced in a scenario and something happens to them. It’s becomes a great story once emotions, thoughts, and feelings are included.
Tapping into your own personal stories is a gateway to fully understanding who you are and how the events, people, and experiences of your life have shaped and impacted who you are. It’s an incredible way of remembering and reconnecting with yourself and the people in your life. It’s a powerful new way of thinking, processing information, and acknowledging your personal control over your stories, your life.
To become a personal storyteller you have to raise your awareness and expand your perspective. You have to fully understand yourself and be able to step outside of yourself to consider the roles of the other characters, the plot (circumstances), setting (date, time, and environment) and even the theme (why did this happen).
Becoming a storyteller allows you to learn how to shift a story to different perspectives – which leads to better understanding yourself and other people.
How often do you wonder why people act and behave the way they do towards you? How often do you shift how you view situations through someone else’s perspective?
It can be extremely difficult to be honest about ourselves with ourselves. As a storyteller, you learn to view yourself as a character in your story, which allows you to have a detached way of analyzing yourself without judgement. You get the desire to know this character you are telling stories about and to fully understand them. You learn to have self-compassion, self-love, and self-acceptance for your character.
Taking Control of Your Life With Storytelling
The first step to becoming a personal storyteller is by reflecting and remembering the past to create your own personal story repertoire and archive. This process will start to shift the current events of your life because you’ll gain amazing insight and perspective on your life and realize that every day you are capturing new stories.
Understanding how your past behaviors, actions, feelings, emotions, and thinking process have played out in your stories will make it clear as whether or not they are serving you or whether you are recycling your stories and constantly reliving them.
Eventually, you can become an active writer/creator of your stories. This will cause you to be more present in your life, to pay closer attention to your environment, to notice everything so you can remember it and capture it. You’ll check on how you feel, what you think about, say, and how you are.
You’ll start to recognize when the same story is writing itself and be able to choose in the moment to have it be different.
You’ll become inspire to pursue first times and new experiences, meet different people, and change up the setting of your life to create fresh stories. You’ll learn you have the power to create who you are becoming.